APPC Speaker Series (2016-2017)

The Annenberg Public Policy Center is hosting a speaker series to engage with scholars, practitioners and policymakers in fields that are relevant to the policy center’s work, including the science of science communication, political communication, adolescent health, and children and media. The series is invitation-only.

Joe Simmons, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Joe Simmons is an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has two primary areas of research: Exploring the psychology of judgment and decision-making, and identifying easy-to-adopt research practices that improve the integrity of published findings. His talk discusses P-hacking, the practice of conducting many analyses on the same dataset until one achieves a reportable, statistically significant result (p<.05), and its effects.

William K. Hallman, Rutgers University

The Psychology of Food Risks: William K. Hallman is a professor and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology and former Director of the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is a visiting scholar at APPC for 2016-2017. Using examples from a diverse set of research projects involving public perceptions of food risks, his lecture explores factors that make communicating about food risks so difficult.

Richard Shiffrin, Indiana University

Reproducibility and Integrity of Science: Problems, Solutions, and Problems of Solutions: Richard Shiffrin is a Distinguished Professor and Luther Dana Waterman Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. Shriffin discusses the recent focus on reproducibility in scientific publications: problems, causes, potential solutions, why some remedies will make things worse rather than better, why science works despite the present problem, and how the scientific community is moving forward to improve matters.

Dolores Albarracín, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Communication and Thought for Action: Dolores Albarracín is a professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and former Martin Fishbein Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In her lecture, Albarracín’s discusses how we think and communicate about action, as well as the implications of these processes for behavioral enactment.

Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public Engagement With Science and Its Impact for Public Policy: Dominique Brossard is a professor and Chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a visiting scholar at APPC for the fall 2016 semester. Using the GMO debate as a case study and the May 2016 NASEM report on “Genetically Engineering Crops: Experiences and Prospects,” Brossard’s talk discusses public engagement with science and its impact on public policy.