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Academia's Crisis of Relevance and the Engaged Scholar

On December 7, 2017, Professor Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan) delivered a provocative talk arguing that scientists must engage beyond the Academy, in order to remain relevant and inform important public debates. In his remarks, he emphasized the lessons we have already learned on how to do so effectively, and the questions we must continue to address in order to make good on this central, and oft-overlooked, purpose of science.

On Friday, October 20, a crowded house of social scientists, computer scientists, and planners gathered in the new ISSR lab to discuss insights emerging from a National Science Foundation funded project on the social sciences and big data. Leading the dialogue were the project’s principal investigators, who have each been program directors at the National Science Foundation: Susan Sterett, Director of the School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Kelly Joyce, Director of the Science, Technology & Society Center and Professor of Sociology at Drexel University.

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The Consortium of Social Science Associations in Washington (COSSA) has been reporting their analysis of debates in Washington over the federal government budget. In a letter to ISSR and other members this week, COSSA builds on analysis of the Trump Administration's "skinny budget" with some highlights of  the President's full FY18 budget request.

 
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    The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has published its analysis of where things stand on the annual appropriations bills that authorize federal spending on social science research, as the U.S. Congress goes into its summer recess. Read the details, agency-by-agency, in the full analysis here

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    Darrel Ramsey-Musolf (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning)  has published his research on “Evaluating California’s Housing Element Law, Housing Equity, and Housing Production (1990-2007)”  in the journal Housing Policy Debate (v26 n3).

    The five panelists who presented their research at the November 6 ISSR seminar on social science research engagement with climate change and sustainability have shared their presentation slides here for further discussion and dissemination. Please join us in an ongoing effort to promote research collaboration across disciplines, topics and national boundaries on this urgent topic.

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