Penn State researchers lately participated in the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) annual Social Science Advocacy Day, assembly just about with Congress and their workers throughout this annual occasion.

Penn State social and behavioral scientists and stakeholders had been teamed up with different social scientists from Pennsylvania for a day of virtual conferences with House and Senate places of work to share with them why federal assist for social and behavioral science analysis is so vital.

Michael Donovan, affiliate director of Penn State’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative, was one in every of six researchers in attendance representing Penn State.

“The COSSA Social Science Advocacy Day was virtual again this year, but still a great opportunity for representatives of the Penn State research community to interact with members of the legislative branch in order to facilitate an ongoing dialogue,” Donovan mentioned.

According to COSSA, greater than 60 social and behavioral scientists from 21 states participated in the occasion to debate the numerous methods social and behavioral science may help the nation recuperate from the pandemic and deal with the opposite main challenges it faces. The researchers had been geared up with supplies that assist to elucidate the distinctive contributions the social and behavioral sciences make to restoration and to handle different urgent nationwide points; these factsheets can be found on COSSA’s Advocacy Resources page.

“Our group represented Penn State well by highlighting some of the remarkable science being done in studying and responding to the current pandemic and by showcasing how social and behavioral science has a major role to play,” mentioned Donovan. “The goal here is to minimize the gap between government and academia, a goal pursued partly by fostering interactions and relationships that can further both research and public policy goals. Key to that is framing social science and its impacts in approachable ways that clearly showcase the intersections and relevance to both communities. The COSSA Social Science Advocacy Day is a great way to forward this work.”

Other Penn State researchers that attended COSSA’s 2021 Social Science Advocacy Day included:

  • Sarah Rajtmajer, assistant professor of knowledge sciences and know-how
  • Emily Pakhtigian, assistant professor of public coverage
  • Robert Lennon, medical physician, affiliate professor in household and neighborhood drugs, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Alyssa Gamaldo, affiliate professor of human growth and household research
  • Hilary Wething, assistant professor of public coverage

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute was a sponsor of the advocacy day.


Last Updated May 04, 2021