Michael Todd

Social Science Space editor Michael Todd is a long-time newspaper editor and reporter whose beats included the U.S. military, primary and secondary education, government, and business. He entered the magazine world in 2006 as the managing editor of Hispanic Business. He joined the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy and its magazine Miller-McCune (renamed Pacific Standard in 2012), where he served as web editor and later as senior staff writer focusing on covering the environmental and social sciences. During his time with the Miller-McCune Center, he regularly participated in media training courses for scientists in collaboration with the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), Stanford’s Aldo Leopold Leadership Institute, and individual research institutions.

Social Science Ahead of the (Shallow) Curve on Altmetrics Acceptance

A new survey of university faculty finds that the idea of altmetrics – using something aside from journal citations as the measure of scholarly impact – has made less headway among faculty than might be expected given the hoopla surrounding altmetrics. These new measures are the most familiar in the social science community (barely) and least familiar in the arts and humanities (dramatically so).

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Carol Dweck Talks Mindset, Recognition and Advice for Young Scholars

Earlier this month, psychologist Carol Dweck, author of the 2006 bestseller ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,’ received the 2019 SAGE-CASBS Award. Social Science Space asked the award winner a few questions about her work, how growth mindset has been received by various publics, and what advice she might give today’s young scholars.

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Arthur 'Skip' Lupia

Skip Lupia on Taking the Reins of the SBE Directorate

When the National Science Foundation tabbed Arthur “Skip” Lupia to head its Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), it was making a statement whether it meant to or not. Lupia, officially the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, has been one of social science’s ablest defenders — and occasional critics.

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Cheryl Poth on the Nexus of Methodologies

Attending a workshop conducted by John Creswell changed Cheryl Poth’s academic trajectory, confirming an earlier epiphany that purely quantitative approaches weren’t telling the whole story that methodology can reveal. A decade and half later, Poth -joined Creswell to craft a fourth edition of his venerable  “Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design.”.

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John Creswell on the Value of the Qualitative Approach

The the Textbook & Academic Authors Association has awarded the fourth edition of “Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design” its longevity award. In recognition of that, we talk with John Creswell, who has been behind the beloved book since its debut in the 1990s.

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Reflections of an Activist Scholar: Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.

The University at Buffalo’s Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.’s’s role as an activist, as a scholar (“I am an activist turned scholar, not a scholar turned activist”), an urban planner and an historian, are explored in the wake of him receiving the Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association.

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Speakezee Platform Matches Experts With the Curious Public

Speakezee, a labor of love by experimental psychologist Bruce Hood, connects willing experts and curious audiences. Now in it’s third year, the platform has a roster of more than 2,000 scientists in 32 countries ready discuss their research with schoolchildren, big companies, support groups, service clubs and anyone else now comfortable enough to ask for a presentation.

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Patricia Goodson on the POWER of Better Academic Writing

A combination of influences — practice, classroom and POWER — has made Patricia Goodson’s book ‘Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing’ a winner for many academics around the world, and now the Textbook & Academic Authors Association has awarded Goodson’s book with one of its 2018 Textbook Excellence Awards. We talk to the author about writing, both her own and perhaps yours!

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Keeping an Eagle-Eye on the U.S. Supreme Court

Kenneth Jost has been watching the U.S. Supreme Court for decades, and producing annual yearbook looking at the term just passed. We asked him to reflect on his career and his subject. In this interview, originally posted in February, he predicted that “the fight over any Trump nominee would be a no-holds-barred battle.”

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