ARIS Announces Inaugural 2019 Fellowship Award Recipients

  • Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Selected winners identified key needs from the research and practitioner communities with potential solutions that their hypotheses will prove to broaden research’s impact in our society.

TUCSON, AZ – April 30, 2019 – On day one of the Broader Impacts 2019 Summit, the Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS) Center today announced it awarded four individuals with $5,000 each and two teams with $7,500 each to further test their hypotheses to advance practice and improve outcomes of research impacts.

In addition to the monetary award, the individuals and teams will conduct research and provide regular, detailed updates on progress and analysis to ARIS. By November 15, 2019, all projects will be submitted for external peer review so that the individuals and teams can make any necessary revisions before presenting their products at the Summit 2020 April 28-30, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina.

“While we received many thoughtful proposals, these selected individuals and teams had the most concise, compelling submissions that we believe have the capacity to make a significant impact in our communities in the U.S. and around the world,” said Susan Renoe, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension, and Engagement, University of Missouri and PI, National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) and ARIS.

The individual recipients are:

  • Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D., Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington
    • Dr. Bachleda is developing an easy to use infographic tool that will help researchers brainstorm and develop impactful broader impact (BI) activities. The hope is that this resource will help scientists think about ways to partner with the community to better meet their needs and improve research impact.
  • Bernadette Connors, Ph.D., Dominican College of Blauvelt
    • Dr. Connors is to creating resources and an assessment tool focused on implementation of successful STEM activities for disabled undergraduate students, highlighting best practices in creating inclusive environments in first year gatekeeper courses. The hope is that this research will benefit undergraduate educators in the classroom, as well as institutions struggling with how to approach educating disabled persons in STEM.
  • Heatherlun S. Uphold, Ph.D., Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions at Michigan State University
    • Dr. Uphold is examining dissemination methods utilized by Flint-based academic researchers to share research findings with communities in order to understand dissemination-as-usual and develop tools to build researcher capacity for greater dissemination impact. The hope is that the results from this project will build researcher capacity to disseminate academic outcomes in order to facilitate reach, acceptability, and utility of research and improve public health.
  • Rachel Yoho, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami (OH) University
    • Dr. Yoho is compiling and developing multiple resources for educators and researchers to be able to create an inclusive learning spaces, especially while teaching concepts that are potentially ambiguous or have multiple meanings in STEM and non-STEM fields. The hope is that an interactive website and multimedia resources will be developed for educators and researchers interested in finding information about particular terminologies, an easily accessible synthesis of relevant literature for teaching ambiguous concepts, and a compilation of research and evidence-based teaching recommendations.

The team recipients are:

  • Garbarino Team is creating a simple, yet flexible framework for outreach practitioners to fill in and submit case studies of their work, and build a science outreach initiative library that any individual can contribute to and learn from. The hope is that this will serve the science outreach community allowing practitioners to better understand what good science outreach can look like in a diversity of settings, and to have a repository that tells us who is doing the work so that we can more effectively connect with each other. 
    • Jeanne Garbarino, Ph.D., Director, RockEDU Science Outreach
    • Kyle Marian Viterbo, former scientist, current science communications consultant
  • Nadkarni Team is reviewing published literature and reports to determine if and how ecologists participate in dialogues with public audience about their work, and identify emerging trends in public engagement by ecologists. The hope is that this work will offer insight into the prevalence of public engagement practices and outcomes in ecological literature and reports, and will provide guidance for documenting public engagement in other scientific disciplines.
    • Nalini Nadkarni, Ph.D., University of Utah, School of Biological Sciences
    • Caitlin Weber, University of Utah, STEM Ambassador Program
    • Cathlyn (Cat) Stylinski, Ph.D., University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

About ARIS:

The Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) Center works with U.S. and international scientists and engagement practitioners to build capacity, advance scholarship, grow partnerships and provide resources to help them engage with and demonstrate the impact of research in their communities and society. The ARIS Center emphasizes support for serving traditionally underserved populations while providing inclusive public engagement to ensure a diverse science workforce.

Founded in September 2018 after being awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), ARIS has advisors, partners, research and higher educational support from more than 25 of the leading organizations and experts from around the world.