Research Activities


Seed Grants

IPR annually extends 4-8 seed grants to affiliates for work towards submission of proposals for external funding. Priority is given to multi-disciplinary projects and to more junior faculty.


Weekly seminars provide a forum for scholars from other universities and OSU faculty to present ongoing research to a multidisciplinary audience. The Huber Lecture in the Fall features an eminent scholar from outside OSU. For current seminars scheduled please refer to our events page.   Previous IPR seminars, years 2009-2013 [pdf].

Data Services

IPR has newly-renovated space in Townshend Hall Room 46 and 48. 
Room 46 has a reception area and five small windowless rooms with standalone desktops suitable for secure data use, with the ability to implement security measures such as non-networked computers, doors with restricted card-reader access (with or without PIN numbers), and disk and/or file encryption.


This includes a how-to guide High performance computing using the Ohio Super Computer [OSC}

Methodological Workshops

IPR organizes single- and multi-day didactic workshops for members of the OSU community. In 2008-09, the topic was Missing Data; in 2009-10, Geographic Analysis; 2010-11,  Complex Systems and Agent-Based Modeling; 2011-12 was Longitudinal Analysis with Missing Data; 2012-13 covered Mediation, Moderation and Conditional Process Modeling.

Ninety-minute didactic seminars are also offered occasionally as part of IPR’s weekly seminar series.

Geographic Information Systems I
January 19, 2010
Mei Po Kwan (Ohio State University), Ningchuan Xiao (Ohio State University)

Geographic Information Systems II
June 10-11, 2010
Mei Po Kwan (Ohio State University), Desheng Liu (Ohio State University)

Building Agent-Based Models Using NetLOGO
December 9-10, 2010
Aaron Bramson (University of Toronto)

Statistical Analysis of Spatial Data
September 14-15, 2011
Desheng Liu (Ohio State University)

Practical Methods for Analyzing Longitudinal Data (with Special Attention to Missing Data)
December 8-9, 2011
Joseph Hogan (Brown University)

Mediation and Moderation with PROCESS
December 13-14, 2012
Andrew Hayes (Statistical Horizons), Dan Sui (Ohio State University)

Getting Started with GeoHealth
March 28, 2013
Dan Sui (Ohio State University)

Big Data Mini-Conference
May 9, 2013
Shashi Shekhar (University of Minnesota) Joseph Veducci (Ohio State University) Randy Olsen (Ohio State University) Harvey Miller (University of Utah)

Causal Inference from Longitudinal Data
December 17, 2013
Miguel Hernan (Harvard University)

Working Groups

Working groups are an opportunity for a small set of IPR affiliates to explore research areas that are of great significance and/or newly emerging. Recent working groups have been organized for health disparities, geographic analysis of health, and complex systems analysis.

Research Themes

Population Research

This includes research on topics such as fertility, migration, and mortality.

Family Demography

This includes research on topics such as marriage, cohabitation, divorce, parenting behaviors, and child outcomes.

Health and Well-Being

This includes research on topics such as mental health, physical health, and other health behaviors such as smoking, obesity, and heart disease.

Geographic Analysis

This includes research on topics such as urban, rural, metropolitan, and neighborhood change.



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