GARY | Indiana University Northwest hosted the 83rd annual conference of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences on Friday.
The annual conference is an opportunity for faculty and students of public and private colleges and universities to present their research and collaborate with colleagues across institutions.
The conference, co-chaired by IU Northwest professors Surekha Rao and Chuck Gallmeier, included 80 paper presentations covering 11 disciplines including social sciences, business, international and urban studies.
David Malik, executive vice chancellor of academic affairs, said conferences of this type are outstanding opportunities for faculty members to present their work, have a discussion and receive peer review of the work.
Malik said even more interesting are the opportunities for students to present their work.
“This is part of our educational mission and is integral to what we want to do,” he said. “It’s great for the campus. It brings visibility, and people become more aware of us and also more aware of Northwest Indiana."
Cliff Staten, a political science professor at Indiana University Southeast, has been attending the conference annually since 1989.
Staten, who was receiving the Karl Metz Award, said the conference gives scholars the opportunity to work together in terms of social science research. He said the organization in the last three years has seen resurgence in terms of memberships.
“We’ve become more technologically savvy, and it’s beginning to attract younger scholars than we’ve had in the past,” he said. “It’s a chance to develop friendships and colleagues across the state, and to me that’s probably the most important thing. Since 1989 I’ve got to meet scholars from different fields from all across the state. It allows you to present your research and get positive feedback.”
The conference welcomed delegates from eight different countries and included a memorial in honor of Indiana University Distinguished Professor Elinor Ostrom, who died in June. Ostrom received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and was the first woman to be awarded the prize in economics, which has been presented since 1969.
Ostrom had been scheduled to be this year’s IASS conference keynote speaker.