Fall 2023 Research Relays to Open with “Work and Society”

September 2023 Research Relays Flyer

Every semester, the School of Social Sciences hosts Research Relays, which showcase faculty research in a “lightning talk” format, followed by an informal lunch or reception to allow for attendees to meet with the presenters and discuss their research. This semester, the Research Relays will kick off on Monday, September 11 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Kraft Hall 130, focusing on the topic “Work and Society.” Lunch will be provided.

“The social sciences play a critical role in addressing the challenges facing workers and their employers amidst changes in the workforce, such as aging; technologies, such as automation and AI; and the economic landscape and sustaining competitiveness,” said Pat DeLucia, associate dean for research for the School of Social Sciences.

Photo of Jaleh Jalili, Postdoc, presenting at the March 2023 Research Relays
Jaleh Jalili, postdoc, presenting at the March 2023 Research Relay

Four presenters who conduct research on work from various disciplines will offer unique perspectives on the topic, each presenting their research in under four minutes. Margaret Beier, professor and department chair of psychological sciences, conducts research in industrial-organizational psychology, predicting success for adults in organizations and educational settings. Flávio Cunha, Ervin K. Zingler Chair of Economics, is an expert in labor economics with an emphasis on human capital formation. Gabriela Sánchez-Soto is a research scientist at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which focuses on the intersecting issues of housing, education, economic mobility, health, and population research. Ilana Gershon, professor of anthropology, conducts research on the anthropology of work, political and legal anthropology, linguistic and media anthropology, and science and technology studies.

"We're pleased to continue our third year of the popular Research Relays in social sciences,” said Rachel Kimbro, dean of the School of Social Sciences. She continued, “These events provide a great way for faculty across disciplines to learn about their colleagues’ research and pursue new collaborations."

Photo of Jaleh Jalili, Postdoc, presenting at the March 2023 Research Relays
Zihan Liu, postdoc, presenting at the March 2023 Research Relay

Research Relays provide a relaxed setting to allow faculty to learn about each other’s research, promote informal discussions, and stimulate collaborations. September Research Relay attendees can reserve their spot by RSVPing here. The second Research Relay, featuring new social sciences faculty, will take place on October 6, 2023 during the opening reception for STaRT@Rice. For questions about the relays, contact Pat DeLucia at Pat.DeLucia@rice.edu.