Blog Archive for Research Category

Leticia Bode, Melissa Tully, and Emily Vraga

Research in Progress: Combating the spread of fake news and misinformation on social media

May 15, 2018

By Leticia Bode, Georgetown University; Melissa Tully, University of Iowa; and Emily Vraga, George Mason University

During the 2016 United States presidential election campaign, the term “fake news” rose to prominence in popular culture and conversation. The realization that people and groups were intentionally creating, disseminating, and popularizing “news” stories that were deliberately fake—not based on any facts… More


Research in Progress: Exploring foreign-born volunteers as ‘untapped resource’ for organizations

April 25, 2018

By Anli Xiao, Ph.D. candidate at Penn State

Many people assume that foreign-born populations only get help from nonprofit organizations. But even though foreign-born people often have a disadvantaged social status, research says in the United States and other countries they actually help these organizations by providing resources, donating money and volunteering.

Based on an analysis published… More

Daniela Dimitrova, Emel Ozdora-Aksak, and Colleen Connolly-Ahern

Cultural differences in how Bulgarian and Turkish newspapers cover refugee crisis

March 16, 2018

National newspapers in Bulgaria and Turkey frame the Syrian refugee crisis differently, according to Page Center-funded research recently published in American Behavioral Scientist. The study found Turkish papers were more likely to depict refugees as victims while Bulgarian newspapers offered a more distanced portrayal often through an administrative lens.

Page Center scholars Daniela Dimitrova, Iowa State University,… More

Barbara Miller Gaither and Janas Sinclair,

Corporate environmental ads are more persuasive when concern is high

October 2, 2017

By Barbara Miller Gaither, Elon University, and Janas Sinclair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

While messages about the environment and climate change may be increasingly prominent, they involve complex scientific and public policy issues. In a study funded by the Page Center, we asked how members of the general public who lack environmental expertise make sense… More

Virginia Harrison

‘I don’t consider myself a corporate fundraiser’ and other lessons from corporate relations officers

September 22, 2017

By Virginia Harrison, Penn State PhD student

This summer, I set out to better explain how corporate social responsibility (CSR) relationships affect the success of their nonprofit partners, thanks to a Page Center grant. Focusing on large public universities in the United States, I interviewed 13 corporate relations officers at higher education institutions about their experiences working with… More