Putting Social Science to Work for Society

Fall 2019 Issues in Science & Technology Launch

Social science research—spanning disciplines as diverse as economics, anthropology, political science, and psychology—illuminates the inner workings of human behavior and society. How can this research be effectively applied to discover solutions to some of society’s most complex and formidable problems? And what role can universities play in transforming the social sciences into drivers of societal improvement? These questions are at the heart of “Retrofitting Social Science for the Practical & Moral,” Kenneth Prewitt’s feature article in the latest edition of Issues in Science and Technology.

Prewitt, a professor at Columbia University and former director of the US Census Bureau, discussed his article at the launch event for the Fall 2019 Issues on November 20 in Washington, DC. He was joined by Mary Ellen O’Connell (National Academies), Jed Herrmann (Results for America), and Toby Smith (Association for American Universities) in a wide-ranging exploration of how this research can better serve society.

November 20, 2019
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ASU Washington Center
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