April Research Relay to hold Panel on Innovation in the Social Sciences

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On Wednesday, April 3, 2024, the School of Social Sciences will hold the next Research Relay in Kraft Hall 130 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Lunch will be served during the event.

Research Relays were created to provide a relaxed setting for faculty to learn about each other’s research, promote informal discussions, and stimulate collaborations. The theme of the upcoming Research Relay is “Innovation in the Social Sciences.” Typically, the relays feature four-minute lightning talks from faculty discussing their research; April’s relay will have a new format, showcasing a panel of experts who will discuss the topic “Innovation in the Social Sciences.”

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"Social scientists are innovating all the time, in topics, methods, and data,” said Rachel Kimbro, dean for the School of Social Sciences. She continued, “it's great to have the opportunity to showcase the cutting-edge work going on in our School."

Panelists include:

Paul Cherukuri, vice president for innovation
Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology
Nancy Niedzielski, associate professor of linguistics
Kenneth Medlock III, James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute
Philip Kortum, professor of psychological sciences

“Research in the social sciences fosters innovation in unique ways with the aim of tackling some of the greatest societal challenges of our time,” said Paul Cherukuri, vice president for innovation at Rice University. He continued, “I am looking forward to discussing the innovative and cutting-edge research from leading School of Social Sciences faculty that is pushing boundaries and promoting progress for the benefit of society.”

For those planning to attend the April Research Relay, please RSVP. Contact Pat.DeLucia@Rice.edu for more information.