ARIS Announces 2019 Broader Impacts Champions

  • Published: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Four Broader Impacts (BI) Champions were chosen for their tireless advocacy to advancing the impact of research in society.

TUCSON, AZ – May 2, 2019 – During the Broader Impacts 2019 Summit, the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) today announced four Broader Impacts (BI) Champions who have contributed significantly to establishing and advancing the broader impacts of scientific research.

The 2019 BI Champions are:

  • Shirley Malcom, Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS);
  • Neal Lane, Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Malcolm Gillis University Professor emeritus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy emeritus at Rice University;
  • Wanda E. Ward, Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations, Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and
  • Dahlia Sokolov, Staff Director for the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

“Shirley, Neal, Wanda and Dahlia are strong advocates for research and are true champions of the spirit of broader impacts. Their efforts have collectively enhanced and improved the impact of research in our communities.  It is a privilege to honor them as our first inaugural class of BI Champions,” said Susan Renoe, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension, & Engagement, University of Missouri and PI, National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) and ARIS.

During the closing dinner and awards ceremony, the BI Champions will be individually recognized for their work.

The following individuals serve on the ARIS Awards Committee: Jim Woodell, Collaborative for Insight and Impact, Chair; Elizabeth Ambos, Council on Undergraduate Research; Debi Hanuscin, Western Washington University; Matthew Johnson, Penn State University; Nathan Meier, University of Alabama Birmingham; Kevin Niemi, University of Wisconsin; Aditi Pai, Spelman College; Teddie Phillipson-Mower, Indiana University Bloomington; John Saltmarsh, University of Massachusetts Boston; Amanda Skinner, Dartmouth College; and Laurie Van Egeren, Michigan State University.

About ARIS:

The Advancing Research Impacts 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.