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National Research Council Soliciting Committee Nominations for 'Identifying Transformative Research in the Geographical Sciences'

September 24, 2013

The National Research Council is soliciting nominations to serve on a study committee to conduct a workshop and author a report entitled “Identifying Transformative Research in the Geographical Sciences.”  Persons conversant in the history and philosophy of science and who have editorial experience are especially encouraged.  We are seeking individuals from the full range of geographical sciences as well as those from outside the discipline who are familiar with the geographical sciences. 

The three-person committee will organize a public workshop as a primary source of information to examine transformative research as it has influenced the evolution of the geographical sciences to provide insight into how transformative research evolved in the past so that it can be encouraged in the future. In particular, the committee will seek insights into three questions:

  1. How has transformative research emerged in the past and how did it become transformative?
  2. What might be the early markers of transformative research and how does it become possible to identify their transformative character?
  3. What has helped nurture and bring transformative research to fruition and how can it be fostered in the geographical sciences?

To submit a nomination, please provide the nominee’s name, affiliation, and a sentence or two on why the person is relevant to the study topic.  Please send nominations to the study director Mark Lange by October 8, 2013. Please feel free to redistribute this call for nominations to other persons and organizations. This activity is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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