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ISR Insights Speaker Series: Research Universities and the Public Good in the Time of COVID-19

Join us for the next ISR Insights Speaker Series event, Wednesday, December 2 at 2pm EST.

America’s most research intensive universities represent about 3% of higher education institutions, but they conduct 90% of the nation’s academic research. Drawing on his recent book, Research Universities and the Public Good: Discovery for an Uncertain Future and the work of ISR’s Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS), which he directs, Jason Owen-Smith will explain how these unique and essential organizations serve as an important form of “social insurance” in the face of an uncertain future, such as during the pandemic.

ISR Insights Speaker Series: Research Universities and the Public Good in the Time of COVID-19. Jason Owen-Smith Executive Director, Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) Executive Director, Research Analytics Professor of Sociology, U of M Research Professor, Institute for Social Research WED., Dec 2, 2pm EST Join us virtually:


Our Centers

ISR consists of five separate but interdependent research centers, each with a particular focus and capabilities.

Faculty Profiles

ISR’s faculty experts conduct groundbreaking and wide-ranging social science research — representing more than 20 academic disciplines. Included below are two examples of the type of work being done by members of our team.

  • Jacob C. Fisher

    Research Investigator, Innovation, Networks & Knowledge
    Dr. Fisher's research focuses on developing and testing better network diffusion models, to understand how ideas, innovations, and information … more
  • Dan Slater

    Faculty Associate, CPS Director Academic Program, LSA II: Weiser Emerging Democr Professor, LSA Political Science
    Dr. Slater specializes in the politics and history of enduring dictatorships and emerging democracies, with a regional focus on Southeast … more