Broader Impacts and Science Communication

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
12 noon – 1 pm
LPSC 402   


The Research Office, Division of Outreach and Engagement, and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning are now launching the OSU Research Impacts Network (ORIN). The goal of the network is to improve processes, communication, and accessibility related to existing tools for developing high quality research impacts that benefit society (often referred to as “broader impacts”).   

What’s important and valuable to know about broader impacts and this network, and how will it benefit you?

Nick Houtman and Naomi Hirsch will facilitate the first 30-minute discussion.

Julie Risien, Associate Director for the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, serves as the faculty lead for the ORIN network. She will be there for the final 30 minutes to answer questions and add more information.

Questions for Discussion  

  1. What are Broader Impacts? (link on image below for more information)
  2. What are current examples of OSU faculty fulfilling the broader impacts requirement?
  3. How do science communicators fit in?
  4. What creative resources exist at OSU to reach broader impact goals?
Broader Impacts Perspectives Brochure from NSF
Link to “Broader Impacts Perspectives Brochure from NSF”