Get Involved

Posted on: March 28, 2017

The Michigan State Department of Communication has a proud history of federally-supported research as well as leadership in federally-supported training programs. Our faculty and students have been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Justice, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and others. This Earth Day, April 22, 2017, is host to the March for Science in Washington DC and other cities. Social scientists at Michigan State University and other Big Ten universities can play key roles in this event. March for Indiana! On Wisconsin! Let’s see Buckeye Nation! And go Green!

Scholars are very often apolitical in public forums. That time is past. Social scientists have a role to play by getting engaged. Write letters, join marches. Make sure your elected representatives understand your views on academic research and the contributions of our federal agencies to the generation of knowledge and to understanding what works in translating science to practice. My first grant at MSU was from the EPA. It was a small budget, great project, with results that were used by that agency. What can you do? Tell your story about social science and our federal agencies to our elected officials.

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