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Broader Impacts of Science on Society

Broader Impacts of Science on Society

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  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108434287

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  • How do scientists impact society in the twenty-first century? Many scientists are increasingly interested in the impact that their research will have on the public. Scientists likewise must answer the question above when applying for funding from government agencies, particularly as part of the 'Broader Impacts' criterion of proposals to the US National Science Foundation. This book equips scientists in all disciplines to do just that, by providing an overview of the origins, history, rationale, examples, and case studies of broader impacts, primarily drawn from the author's experiences over the past five decades. Beyond including theory and evidence, it serves as a 'how to' guide for best practices for scientists. Although this book primarily uses examples from the NSF, the themes and best practices are applicable to scientists and applications around the world where funding also requires impacts and activities that benefit society.

    • 'Broader Impacts' is a required section of National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals and, although called by other terms, 'Broader Impacts' are also part of most other national and international funding agency requirements for basic research, so many scientists and grant writers will find this book useful
    • Contains practical advice which will help scientists and grant writers provide more effective and hopefully successful research proposals
    • Facilitates the practice of scientists reaching out to the public and communicating about important developments in the field
    • A topic not previously written about, by an expert in the field, who has focused on broader impacts for decades, through seminars, articles, and professional development
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108434287
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 173 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction – science, STEM, and society
    2. NSF and broader impacts
    3. Innovation, opportunity, and integration
    4. Communication and dissemination
    5. Promoting yourself and optimizing impact
    6. Collaboration, authorship, and networks
    7. Strategic versus curiosity science
    8. Know your audience
    9. Diversity, equity, and inclusion
    10. Mentoring and role models
    11. Formal K–12 education and partners
    12. Higher education
    13. Informal STEM learning in Museums and beyond
    14. Public participation and community (citizen) science
    15. Computers and cyber impacts
    16. Developing a broader impacts plan
    17. Project management and sustainability
    18. Were you successful? – evaluation and metrics
    19. Wrap-up, the future, and broader impacts 3.0

  • Author

    Bruce J. MacFadden, University of Florida
    Bruce J. MacFadden is Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida. He has written 200 peer-reviewed publications and a book (Fossil Horses: Systematics, Paleobiology, and Evolution of the Family Equidae, Cambridge, 1992). He was Principal Investigator of fifty NSF grants totaling more than $35 million over the past five decades. Professor MacFadden is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, and the Paleontological Society. He was President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (1986–88) and President of the Paleontological Society (2018–20). A former NSF Progam Officer (2009–10), he teaches graduate seminars and provides professional development on Broader Impacts.

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