Year: 2015

Social Science’s Impact on Society, Circa 2065: Louise Thompson

Social Science Space is presenting 10 shortlisted essays written by young social scientists in an ESRC competition looking at how social science might change the world in the next half century. This week we present Louise Thompson who examines how great it would be if we could all play a bigger part in making changes to laws before they come into force, rather than just complaining about them afterwards

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Computers Broke It. Computers Can Fix It

Computers have revolutionized academic research – and at the same time created a new crop of problems. But, suggests Ben Marwick, computers can also help address some of the challenges they have created.

4 years ago
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Bobo doll under attack

Psychologist Bandura Awarded National Science Medal

Stanford’s Albert Bandura, a psychologist who first gained acclaim for his study of learned violence involving a Bobo doll, has received one of seven National Medals of Science awarded by President Barack Obama this year.

4 years ago
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Tackling Gender Stereotypes With the Power of Words

Gendered language shapes how we think about the appropriate roles for men and women, especially when we are children and just beginning to form our understanding of the world. That might not sound like a problem, but it can reinforce stereotypes we are trying to tear down.

4 years ago
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Social Science’s Impact on Society, Circa 2065: Kristin Hübner

Social Science Space is presenting 10 shortlisted essays written by young social scientists in an ESRC competition looking at how social science might change the world in the next half century. This week we present Kristin Hübner’s discussion on how feminist theory may erase socially constructed ideas about what gender is and how it functions.

4 years ago
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Common Rule Revision – The Ethics Police Fight Back

Revisions to the U.S. government’s regulations on ethical treatment of human research subjects that would exempt some experiments from direct oversight by institutional review boards are facing pushback from paternalistic guardians, says our Robert Dingwall, who don’t seem to believe subjects are competent to make decisions on their own.

4 years ago
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Omnibus US Funding Bill Smiles on Social Science

UPDATED with COSSA analysis: Social and behavioral science funded by the U.S. government appears to have received an early Christmas present as leaders in the House of Representatives unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the federal enterprise funded in 2016.

4 years ago
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Social Science’s Impact on Society, Circa 2065: Elizabeth Houghton

Social Science Space is presenting 10 shortlisted essays written by young social scientists in an ESRC competition looking at how social science might change the world in the next half century. This week we present Elizabeth Houghton’s examination of how more universal access to higher education could chip away at entrenched racial divides.

4 years ago
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