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Visiting scholar will explore the intersection of science and economics

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

LAWRENCE — A Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar will examine economics' influence on science during a lecture at the University of Kansas.

Paula Stephan will present "How Economics Shapes Science" at 5:30 p.m. April 15 at 1111 Capitol Federal Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stephan is a professor of economics at Georgia State University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers.

Author of "How Economics Shapes Science" and co-author of "Striking the Mother Lode in Science," she serves on the National Academies Committee on the Next Generation of Researchers. Stephan is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the Board of Reviewing Editors, Science. She was named ScienceCareers’ first Person of the Year in 2012.

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture at KU is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Department of Economics, the Institute for Policy & Social Research, the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy and the Office of First-Year Experience.

This academic year, the 15 men and women participating in the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program will visit more than 90 colleges and universities like KU with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. The program strives to contribute to the intellectual life of institutions by making possible an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students.