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October 13, 2017

Professor Emeritus Alan Porter spoke at the NIH-NSF workshop on The Value of Data Sharing on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

October 10-11, 2017

Diana Hicks along with Julia Melkers co-chaired the Annual Conference on Science and Innovation Policy in Atlanta Georgia. Presentations by Hicks, Melkers, Porter, Youtie, and Shapira were featured. The conference showcased a special session: “Science that Makes you Laugh: the Ig Nobels” chaired by Georgia Tech Professor David Hu, Ig Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 2015 with Mark Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobels, serving as a discussant. Presentations included: (1) “The Ig Nobels – Who Wins What and Why?” which summarizes the 253 prizes awarded from 1992 to 2015 presented by Philip Shapira; (2) “Does Humor Advance Science? Evidence from Ig Nobel Prizes” a “difference-in-difference” model presented by Georgia Tech graduate students Seokkyun Woo and Yin Li which treated the Ig Nobels as an experimental “shock” to publications and grants in the fields; (3)” Pride or Prejudice: How Research Organizations Respond to Recipiency of Ig Nobel prize?” which is an analysis of scientific citations, tweets, and organizational press releases about the award, the latter measuring the extent of recognition of the recipient of the prize by former Georgia Tech graduate students Gennady Belyakov and Sergey Kolesnikov; and (4) “Topic analysis of Ig Nobel prize laudations” by Samira Ranaei, a former visiting doctoral researcher at Georgia Tech.

October 9, 2017

Emeritus Alan Porter co-chaired the 7th Global Tech Mining Conference in Atlanta Georgia. Presentations by Porter, Youtie, and Shapira were featured.

October 8, 2017

October 8, 2017. TPAC co-hosted a networking and kickoff dinner in conjunction with the Global Tech Mining Conference.

September 28, 2017

Public Policy Alumnus Jian Wang Receives 2017 Eugene Garfield Award for early-career scientists working on citation analysis. Wang’s research examines cited references in literature and patents. See https://www.iac.gatech.edu/news-events/stories/2017/9/public-policy-alu…

September 8, 2017

Barry Bozeman and Jan Youtie published a book, The Strength in Numbers: The New Science of Team Science, on why some scientific research collaborations fail while others succeed. The book, published by Princeton University Press, draws on a survey of 640 professors, 60 personal interviews, and anonymous web postings. For more information, see the book description at Princeton University Press.

September 5, 2017

Diana Hicks, along with Julia Melkers and Kimberley Isett and visiting researcher Nicolas Robinson-Garcia, published: "The Unbearable Emptiness of Tweeting -- about journal articles," in PLOS ONE and within a week the article had accumulated 10,000 pageviews, 700 downloads and 625 tweets. The attention prompted a report in the Times Higher Education.  For more information, see the article on the School of Public Policy website.