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Manners Award
December 12, 2018


University Center for Social & Urban Research (UCSUR)

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Established in 1972 to serve as a resource for researchers and educators interested in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences.


Mission Statement

The mission of UCSUR is to work collaboratively to conduct interdisciplinary research that improves communities and addresses social, economic, health, and policy issues most relevant to   society.  more...

Pittsburgh Economic Quarterly


Highlighting important economic and demographic trends that impact the regional economy and the competitiveness of the regional economy.

October 2018

  • Impact of Major Military Installations in Pennsylvania
    by Sabina Deitrick and Christopher Briem
  • 2018 Quality of Life Survey for Allegheny County
    by Scott Beach
  • Urban and Regional Brown Bag Lecture Series – Fall 2018

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Brown Bag Lecture SeriesBring your lunch and join us for presentations that highlight neighborhood, community, economic, and other social research by our esteemed colleagues. Presenters include local, national, and international social research experts. Lectures are Noon – 1:15pm, 3911 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St.  We typically schedule presentations during the traditional academic calendar.  

Next Brown Bag

Manners Award Announcement

July 2018

Manners AwardEach year, the University of Pittsburgh University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) awards the Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards to promising research projects in the social, behavioral, and policy sciences on campus. The following three individuals received the 2018 Manners Award from UCSUR:
  • Junia Howell, PhD
    "Determining Barriers, Facilitators, and Preferences Related to Resistance Exercise in Older Adults”  
  • Chelsea Pallatino, PhD
    "Multimethod Assessment of Momentary Stress Processes in Personality Pathology"
  • Jamie Hanson, PhD
    "Leveraging ecological momentary assessments to understand associations between poverty, stress exposure, and environmental volatility"


Pittsburgh Perspectives

Recent Reports

August 2018

PA MilitaryA Comprehensive Assessment of Pennsylvania's Military Installations, 2018.  The University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) engaged in a year-long study to analyze and understand the economic and community impacts of Pennsylvania’s military and defense installations. The purpose of the project is to aid Pennsylvania in understanding the economic and strategic value of its military installations regionally and nationally and the critical ties these installations have to the surrounding communities and also to Pennsylvania industry. The project provides decision support resources that will assist state and local policy makers and other stakeholders in promoting the value of Pennsylvania’s military installations.  more...

May 2018, Michael Blackhurst, PhD

Mike BlackhurstPredicting Lead Water Service Line Locations for Improving Mitigation Strategies.  In this study, data describing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) drinking water distribution system were merged with property data to develop predictive models of lead service line locations. Following expected historical development patterns, the lateral material at neighboring properties was the best predictor of lead laterals. The date of lateral installation and date of inspection were also good predictors. The year a property was built provided acceptable prediction. The model was 78% accurate in predicting lead laterals identified through recent inspections. Using a combination of recent inspections and predictions, this study estimates that approximately 39,000 lead laterals are in PWSA’s service area.  more...

February 2018

DOTEvaluating Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transit and Economic Data Collection Needs and Measures of Effectiveness in Pennsylvania.  The purpose of this research project was to evaluate the current data collection procedures for bicycle and pedestrian projects utilized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs). The evaluation has assessed how additional data collection could support Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs) for planning and design activities. 

Key Projects & Studies

UCSUR Directed (selected)

UCSUR Collaborations (selected)
CollaborationUCSUR is currently working on over 50 projects.  Below is a selected list.  For a complete list of all of our collaborative projects & studies, please refer to the Projects section in our Annual Reports.
  • Center for Caregiving Research, Education, & PolicyRichard Schulz,  Scott R. Beach, Steve Albert, Et al.  Pitt Health Policy Institute.
  • Does Mindfulness Meditation Training Improve Social Relationship Functioning?   David Creswell, CMU.  NIH Funded.
  • Esophageal Cancer Patient Survey.   Katie Nason, Pitt Department of Medicine.  NIH Funded.
  • Factors Contributing to Oral Health Disparities in Appalachia.   Mary Marazita, Pitt Department of Oral Biology.  NIH Funded.
  • Improving the Availability of Younger Unrelated Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donors.   Galen Switzer, Pitt Department of Medicine.  NIH Funded.
  • Social Integration, Daily Social Interaction, and Health Risk Pathways in Midlife.   Thomas Kamarck, Pitt Department of Psychology.  NIH Funded.
  • Targeted Interventions to Prevent Chronic Lower Back Pain (TARGET Trial).   Anthony Delitto, Pitt Department of Physical Therapy .  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funded.
  • Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Retention Study.   Pitt Office of the Provost.


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