Meeting Site

Workshop on Science of Science Policy

ISR Building, 406 Thompson Street, Room 1430

June 24-26, Ann Arbor

Workshop goals

  1. Report on current research using STAR METRICS data, including the results of the UMETRICS initiative
  2. Build a community that expands the current use of STAR METRICS data
  3. Develop theoretically grounded metrics of the impact of scientific investments
  4. Identify a research agenda for future intellectual, methodological and cyberinfrastructure investments that can support next generation SciSIP research.

We are also considering the possibility of selecting a subset of the papers to be published in an edited volume that serves as the “go to” seminal source for the nascent data infrastructure.

Workshop structure

We have left a lot of room for discussion aimed at (1) developing new use cases, data sources, and topics of interest, and (2) enticing additional researchers to jump into the game of using and developing these data. As a result we envision relatively short presentations that are focused on demonstrating the current state of research using UMETRICS and associated data.

Preworkshop activities

We hope to have a set of papers provide “proof of concept” results for circulation on a website.

Preliminary agenda

Tuesday June 24 -- Informal Reception and Dinner for Early Arrivals
341AE. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 213-7400

Wednesday June 25 -- Panels and Discussion
ISR Building
406 Thompson Street, Room 1430

Introduction: James Jackson, Director -- ISR, University of Michigan
Conceptual Framework (8:30 to 9:00): Julia Lane, AIR

Panel 1: Process of Research (9:00 to 11:00)

  • Collaboration  Jason Owen-Smith and Maggie Levenstein, University of Michigan
  • PIs as firms  Michele Pezzoni, EPHL Lausanne
  • The Scientific Laboratory  Chris Liu, University of Toronto
  • Discussants: Erin Leahy, University of Arizona
  • Discussants: Laurel Smith-Doerr, University of Massachusetts - Amherst


Panel 2: Topics of Research (11:30 to 1)

  • "Machine learning for science policy: classifying research fields"  Evgeny Klochikhin, AIR
  • Taxonomies  Ashlea Higgs, Uberresearch
  • “Knowledge Specialization in PhD Student Groups: a Topic Modeling Analysis” Fabiana Visenti and Anna Maria Conti, Georgia Tech
  • Discussants: Rebecca Rosen, AIR

Lunch (1:00-2:00) -- Brief Remarks from Jack Hu, Vice President for Research -- University of Michigan

Panel 3: Products of Research: Patents and technology transfer (2 to 3:30)

  • Patents, Amanda Meyer, USPTO
  • Tech Transfer  Brian Wright, University of California, Berkeley
  • Tech Transfer Janet Berkovitz, University of Illinois
  • Discussant:  Nick Zolas, US Census


Panel 4: Products of Research: People  (4-5:30)

  • People/Workforce Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • People/Workforce Maggie Levenstein and Jason Owen-Smith, University of Michigan
  • Jobs/LEHD  Julia Lane, AIR
  • Discussants: Shawn Klimek, US Census (TBF)

Drinks & Dinner
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1390

Thursday June 26 --
Panel 5: Economic Impact of Research: Innovation (8:30 to 10:00)

  • Entrepreneurship, Henry Sauerman, Georgia Tech
  • Innovation 1 Martin Kenney, University of California, Davis
  • Innovation 2 Ron Jarmin, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Discussants: Francine Lafontaine, University of Michigan

Panel 6: Scientific and public impact of research (10:30 to 12:00)

  • Public Value Kaye Husbands-Fealing, University of Minnesota
  • Publications Danielle Li, Northwestern
  • Scientific Value 2 Ben Jones, Northwestern
  • Discussants:  John Skrentny, UC San Diego

Lunch (12:00-1:00)

Panel 7: New Data – the new frontier (1:00-2:30)

  • CiteSeer and beyond Lee Giles, Penn State
  • Capturing scientific processes, Ian Foster, Chicago
  • Disambiguation, Neil Smalheiser, Illinois
  • Discussant (TBD)

Panel 8: Questions and Provocations (2:30-3:30) Danny Goroff (Sloan), George Santangelo (NIH), Josh Rosenbloom (NSF), John King (USDA)