August 10, 2020

Message from Dean Lang – SSRI Data 4 Action Project

To:  Liberal Arts Faculty, Post Docs, and Staff
Date:  August 10, 2020
From: Clarence Lang 

Good morning,

I hope that this message finds you reasonably well. I am writing to bring to your immediate attention a survey (details below) aimed at better understanding the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the University Park-area community. Please note that this study — the Data4Action Project — represents a partnership involving Centre County leaders and several Penn State units that have worked closely and collaboratively with Liberal Arts faculty: the Social Science Research Institute, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. 

Ordinarily, it is not college practice to use our mass email lists to send requests for participants in ongoing research initiatives. However, we are not in “ordinary” times, and the critical nature of this study has compelled the Dean’s Office to respond differently under the current circumstances. At your early convenience, please review the the memo below from Susan McHale, Director of the Social Science Research Institute. If you have any questions about this study, I urge you to address them directly to her at Note that the survey is restricted to individuals 18 years and older who live in Centre County.

Many thanks in advance for your time, attention, and consideration — as well as any help you might be able to provide in sharing information about this Data4Action Project.



TO:  Centre County residents (18 years and older)
DATE:  8/5/20
SUBJ:  Data4Action Study Important New Information

Thanks to all those who have already done this survey. This is the last chance to enroll.

Centre County leaders, in partnership with researchers at Penn State, want to better understand the impact of the coronavirus on residents’ lives and livelihoods, and also on their exposure to SARS CoV-2 infection.

The Data4Action Team is currently enrolling Centre County residents (18 years and older) into a study. If selected, participants will receive free SARS CoV-2 antibody testing (at no cost) several times during the year.  Results will be provided to participants.

If you are interested in learning more, complete a  first, brief, 10-minute survey, by no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, August 17, 2020, and provide contact information at the end.

Complete it online at:  or  by phone toll-free at 814-753-4799

Please feel free to share this link with adult friends and family members living in Centre County.

Thank you for considering participating in this important county-wide effort!

Susan M. McHale
Director, Social Science Research Institute
Associate Director, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Professor of Demography
114 Henderson Building
University Park, PA  16802