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Phi Beta Kappa Society Hosts Visiting Scholar Lecture Oct. 18

Paula Stephan, visiting scholar Paula Stephan, Ph.D., will speak at the 2018 Visiting Scholar Lecture.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Phi Beta Kappa Society at the University of South Dakota will sponsor the lecture “How Economics Shapes Science” by Paula Stephan, Ph.D., professor of economics at Georgia State University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Farber Hall, located inside Old Main.

Stephan’s lecture concentrates on how economics shapes science as practiced at public research organizations by examining how incentives and costs affect the practice of science.

Her research focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers. Stephan’s recent work examines how bibliometric measures discourage risk taking in science, the relationship between international mobility and scientific productivity, how gender pairing between student and advisor relates to the productivity of Ph.D. recipients and the economics of the postdoctoral position.

She is the author of “How Economics Shapes Science” and co-author of “Striking the Mother Lode in Science.” She serves on the National Academies Committee on the Next Generation of Researchers, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the Board of Reviewing Editors, “Science.” She was named “ScienceCareers’” first Person of the Year in 2012.

This Visiting Scholar Lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa’s Alpha Chapter of South Dakota, the USD Graduate School, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Department of Biology. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to associate with some of America’s most distinguished scholars and contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by exchanging ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students.


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