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“Why Social Science” Can Help Plan for Returning to In-Person Work

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes from Sunita Sah, of the University of Cambridge, who writes about how understanding anxiety and decision-making can help organizations plan for returning to the office while minimizing their employees’ anxiety. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 16 (August 3), Update, Volume 40 (2021)

“Why Social Science?” Looks at Trans Activism and Linguistics

The latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from sociolinguist Aris Keshav who writes about the contributions trans activists have made to linguistics, and how engaging with trans activism can help shape the way we think about language. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 14 (July 6), Update, Volume 40 (2021)

“Why Social Science?” Focuses on Combatting Hate and Discrimination Against Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from Kevin Carriere, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Washington & Jefferson College, who writes about how insights from the social sciences can be used to help overcome biases and stereotypes against Asian Americans. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 11 (May 25), Update, Volume 40 (2021)

“Why Social Science?” Can Help Us Communicate Numbers

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes from Ellen Peters, Director of the University of Oregon’s Center for Science Communication Research, who writes about ways policymakers can communicate numbers and statistics in ways that enhance—rather than diminish—the public’s understanding. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 9 (April 27), Update, Volume 40 (2021)

John Anderson, NAE President, Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThis week’s Why Social Science? comes from John Anderson, President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), who writes about the importance of collaboration between engineers and social scientists. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 7 (March 30), Update, Volume 40 (2021)

Why Social Science? Celebrates Anthropology Day

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post highlights Anthropology Day, which the American Anthropological Association (AAA) celebrates every February. Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and share their discipline with the public around them. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 5 (March 2), Update, Volume 40 (2021)

“Why Social Science?” Focuses on COVID-19 Vaccination

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes from the authors of the recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) report “COVID-19 Vaccination Communication: Applying Behavioral and Social Science to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Foster Vaccine Confidence,” who write about the evidence-informed best practices communities should use when sharing information about the vaccination process for COVID-19. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 3 (February 2), Update, Volume 40 (2021)

NSF’s Kellina Craig-Henderson Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes from Kellina Craig-Henderson, Deputy Assistant Director of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Craig-Henderson wrote for NSF’s Science Matters blog about her experiences confronting stereotypes as an African American female scientist and about SBE’s new Build and Broaden program, which directs resources to researchers at minority-serving institutions. Read it here and subscribe.

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“Why Social Science” Can Help Us Combat Pandemic Fatigue

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? post comes Jay Maddock, professor of public health at Texas A&M University, who wrote for The Conversation about what social science can tell us about pandemic fatigue— and how we can mitigate it. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 23 (November 24), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

“Why Social Science?” Looks at Women and Political Ambition

why-social-scienceThe latest Why Social Science? guest post comes from the authors of Why Don’t Women Rule the World? Understanding Women’s Civic and Political Choices, who write about the obstacles facing women with political ambitions and research-backed strategies to overcome them. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 21 (October 27), Update, Volume 39 (2020)

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