Research Universities and the Public Good in the Time of COVID-19
Panelist: Jason Owen-Smith (Executive Director, Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS); Executive Director, Research Analytics; Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan; Research Professor, Institute for Social Research)
Wednesday, December 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6S3We5UDx4
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. Universities like U of M are uniquely able to address “unknown unknowns,” problems and opportunities we do not know we have yet. No other sector or type of organization accomplishes is equipped to serve this purpose in our society. COVID-19 puts special pressures on the academic research mission that come after more than a decade of declining public support. The pandemic and its effects jeopardize the US Academic Research Enterprise (US-ARE) and with it the future health, wealth, and well-being of our nation and the world. Drawing on unique data science resources developed at IRIS, and 20 years of work on the economic and social value of research and innovation, Owen-Smith highlights the challenges and explains how they might be addressed by federal and state policy-makers, the leaders and faculty of institutions like ours.
Perspectives on the 2020 Presidential Election
Panelists: Jenna Bednar (Research Professor, Center for Political Studies; Professor, Department of Political Science; Director of Michigan in Washington), Vincent Hutchings (Research Professor, Center for Political Studies; Professor, Department of Political Science), and Angela Ocampo (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science; 2018 LSA Collegiate Fellow).
Thursday, October 22 at 4pm, EDT: http://myumi.ch/YyjAE
Join faculty members from the Center for Political Studies for a panel discussion of the issues shaping the 2020 Presidential Election.
The State of the 2020 Presidential Campaign with Less than a Month to Go
Panelists: Michael Traugott (Research Professor Emeritus; Center for Political Studies, Communication Studies, Department of Political Science), Josh Pasek (Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies Associate Professor; Department of Communication Studies and Political Science), and Stuart Soroka (Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies; Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of Political Science, LSA).
Wednesday October 14 at 1pm, EDT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiVedWB1ppM
The speakers provide an update on the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden with an emphasis on the current state of public opinion about the candidates and key issues in the campaign.
School Mental Health in the Detroit Public Schools Community District
Robin Jacob (Research Associate Professor, SRC; Research Associate Professor, School Of Education; Co-Director Youth Policy Lab) and Elizabeth Koschmann (Assistant Research Scientist, Michigan Medicine; TRAILS Program Director)
Tuesday, August 25 at 11am EST: https://umich.zoom.us/j/98456054707
In recent years, rates of child and adolescent mental illness have skyrocketed. Nearly half of adolescents in the United States will experience symptoms of a mental illness before age 18, and one in five will be severely impaired by their symptoms. Among youth ages 10-24, suicide has become the second leading cause of death, killing almost 8,000 young people annually. These problems may be acerbated in urban, high poverty schools. There is evidence of higher rates of both mental illness and self-injury and suicidal behavior in communities of color which is hypothesized to reflect the impact of systemic racism, as well as significant racial disparities in access to high quality health and mental health care. Schools are uniquely positioned to identify and respond to students’ mental health care needs, and to reduce widespread inequities in access to effective prevention and early intervention services. However, only limited data is available on the prevalence and pattern of mental health challenges in urban schools or about the school or district resources available to address those challenges.
This study presents data collected as part of a partnership between TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students), the Youth Policy Lab, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District. In 2019, our study team collected survey data from nearly 3,500 DPSCD teachers, administrators, school staff, almost 11,000 students, and 800 families. In this talk, Drs. Robin Jacob and Elizabeth Koschmann share findings on (1) the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and exposure to traumatic events among students, (2) the degree to which these are associated with school engagement, absences, and other behaviors, and (3) the challenges staff and district administrators face in providing mental health services for their students.
The American National Election Study: History and Insights from Recent Surveys
Vincent Hutchings (Professor, Department of Political Science; Research Professor, Center for Political Studies)
Wednesday, Aug 12, 11am EST
Why does America vote as it does on Election Day? Since 1948, the American National Election Studies (ANES) has provided data to inform explanations of election outcomes in the United States. The ANES provides survey data from a nationally representative sample of American adults to give researchers a view of the political world through the eyes of ordinary citizens.
In this ISR Insights talk, Dr. Vincent Hutchings (Professor, Department of Political Science; Research Professor, Center for Political Studies) discusses the history of ANES and why it remains an essential resource for the social sciences. He talks about the study’s approach to data collection and instrumentation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes conducting surveys through a combination of Internet, video, and telephone interviews. Dr. Hutchings also highlights politically-relevant results from recent studies, including attitudes on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Mental Health and Well-being Among Older Americans During the Pandemic: The COVID-19 Coping Study
Jessica Finlay (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Social Environment and Health, ISR) and Lindsay Kobayashi (Assistant Professor, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, School of Public Health)
Wednesday, July 15, 1pm
COVID-19 has both immediate and long-term consequences for the health and well-being of Americans. Older adults are not only at higher risk for severe illness from the disease, but may also be especially vulnerable to social and emotional harms associated with the pandemic. In this ISR Insights talk, Drs. Jessica Finlay (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Social Environment and Health, ISR) and Lindsay Kobayashi (Assistant Professor, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, School of Public Health) discuss insights from the COVID-19 Coping Study of nearly 7,000 adults aged 55+ from across the country. The talk shares participants’ perspectives and diverse experiences during the first upswing of the pandemic, including major sources of stress and ways of coping.
Wealth and the Persistence of Racial Inequality
Fabian Pfeffer (Research Associate Professor, Survey Research Center, ISR; Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, ISR; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; and Founding Director, Center for Inequality Dynamics)
Wednesday, June 17
As the country grapples with its persistent problem of racial injustice, this ISR Insights talk will focus on one aspect of long-standing racial inequality — gaps in family wealth. Featuring new findings on the depth and persistence of racial wealth gaps, Fabian Pfeffer (Research Associate Professor, Survey Research Center, ISR; Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, ISR; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; and Founding Director, Center for Inequality Dynamics) will clarify why rising levels of wealth inequality present a major challenge to the economic prosperity and opportunity of most families in this country.
Motor City at a Standstill: Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Detroit
Jeffrey Morenoff (Professor, Sociology and Public Policy; Director, Population Studies Center) and Lydia Wileden (PhD Candidate, Sociology and Public Policy; Population Studies Center trainee)
Wednesday, June 3
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Detroit has emerged as an epicenter of the crisis. To date, more than 1300 Detroiters have died from a coronavirus infection and 43 percent of city residents have lost their jobs. In this ISR Insights talk, Jeffrey Morenoff (Professor, Sociology and Public Policy; Director, Population Studies Center) and Lydia Wileden (PhD Candidate, Sociology and Public Policy; Population Studies Center trainee) will discuss efforts by the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study — a panel study of more than 1100 Detroiters — to capture the real-time experiences of Detroiters and share insights from two survey waves on the dramatic financial precarity facing many Detroit households and the behavioral and economic changes residents are making to get by.
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