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Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
The changing context for the social sciences -- and especially for social and behavioral science research
Date: Tuesday, February 5th
Time: 12:05 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Cora Marrett, UW Department of Sociology
Abstract: These thoughts have been stimulated of late by a Task Force on which I serve for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The Task Force has been examining the changing -- and increasingly complex ecosystem -- in which the social sciences operate. At a roll-out of our report, we noted the challenges the changes pose and potential responses to them.

The Task Force is not the only development prompting my interest in the topic. Changes and challenges dominate the agenda as well of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education (DBASSE) at the National Academies, on whose Advisory Committee I sit. Significantly, my service as the inaugural head for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences(SBE) at NSF clearly prompted me to attend to developments across these fields, related especially to research and policy making. My time as Deputy Director at NSF (and two stints during that time as Acting Director) enabled me to see beyond these fields to activities affecting and affected by science and engineering writ large.
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