Phi Beta Kappa scholar to discuss economics and science

Paula Stephan, professor of economics at Georgia State University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will visit Cornell College to speak on “How Economics Shapes Science” at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in West Science 100.

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Paula Stephan

Stephan’s research focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers. Recent work examines how bibliometric measures discourage risk-taking in science, the relationship between international mobility and scientific productivity, and how gender pairing between student and advisor relates to the productivity of Ph.D. recipients and the economics of the postdoctoral position.

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Visiting scholars go to 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa each year. They spend two days on campus to fully experience and participate in the academic life on campus. Stephan’s visit will be filled with meetings with students and faculty.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Ten percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have chapters. The Delta Chapter of  Iowa at Cornell College was chartered September 12, 1922, and elected its first members from the Class of 1923.

This event is free and open to the public.