Erica Stone: Academic research is publicly funded -- why isn't it publicly available?
Erica Stone works at the intersection of writing, teaching, and community organizing. Full bio
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referencing a study in conversation
with a friend of mine the other day,
the risk of depression in women."
may decrease depression risk in women."
to the "New York Times" blog,
the study findings
of Public Health news site,
published in an academic journal.
that summarized 10 years of research.
by four different writers
research is difficult,
engaging with popular media.
with popular media?
a more legitimate source of information
4,100 colleges and universities,
aren't engaging with popular media,
how universities work.
different colleges and universities
works the same way.
research in their fields.
they apply for public and private grants
to relevant academic journals.
called peer review,
for accuracy and credibility.
resell that information
and database subscriptions.
feeding the monster.
might create some problems.
academic research is publicly funded
spends 60 billion dollars on research.
goes to public research universities.
that's 17.4 billion dollars.
publicly funded research.
made 1.5 billion dollars in profit.
to access the results,
don't have a whole lot of incentive
and promotion systems
like a form of currency for scholars.
and more research grants down the road.
for publishing with popular media.
to flip the script.
by discussing access.
to challenge the status quo
as well as on popular media.
is starting to make some progress
big players have started to notice.
its entire research library to the public.
is beginning to catch on.
on a document or a study.
is easily understood.
like the six degrees of separation
to take the research that they're doing
between the public and research
a dumbing-down of the research.
the public access to that research
and focus on using plain language
who's paying for the research
to this approach.
how their tax dollars
are not just based on a football team
that's being produced there.
between the public and scholars,
participation in research.
their sensitivity trainings
a manual to model future trainings?
consulted with our local public schools
with our at-risk students
in a local newspaper?
well-educated and well-informed.
behind paywalls and bureaucracy,
if it was unfolding right in front of us?
the club I want to join.
job market in a couple of years.
of for-profit journals
my answer is going to be "nope."
and talks with the public.
and in an academic culture
as a valuable audience,
from publishing to practice
that this idea, this hope --
of many scholars, teachers,
more people in the conversation.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERErica Stone - Writer, teacher, community organizer
Erica Stone works at the intersection of writing, teaching, and community organizing.
Why you should listen
Through collaborative projects, Erica Stone creates opportunities for scholars, students and community members to engage in conversations and civic problem-solving with the hope of building a more equitable and just democracy. As a researcher, she's passionate about making academic scholarship free and accessible.
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