Psychology Colloquium: Living in Pasteur's Quadrant: Navigating the Uncharted Waters between Basic and Applied Research

Speaker

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Temple University
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Title 

Living in Pasteur's Quadrant: Navigating the Uncharted Waters between Basic and Applied Research

Abstract

How can social scientists balance the need to do basic science with a desire to be relevant to the questions and issues of their time?  In his classic book, Pasteur’s Quadrant, Daniel Stokes proposes an answer. Cross-cutting two dimensions - a quest for understanding and considerations of use, Stokes offers 4 quadrants that capture the areas of scientific progress.  This talk signals a migration towards Pasteur’s quadrant, that exemplifies what Stokes called use-inspired basic research.  Using data from the science of learning and early development, I offer examples of how my work in language, and literacy fits neatly within this quadrant.  I also question how, in a world filled with social media and distorted messages about our science, more of us can entertain working in Pasteur’s Quadrant, while also jumping beyond use-inspired work to take dissemination of science seriously. It is imperative that our institutions learn to share our science in a way that preserves its integrity while increasing its utility for the wider community?

Faculty Host

Ian Lyons

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

White-Gravenor Hall, 311
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Research

Audience

Students, Faculty/Staff

Departments

Georgetown College, Psychology

Website

https://psychology.georgetown.edu/

Event Contact Name

Psychology Department

Event Contact Email

psychology@georgetown.edu

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