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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 263
Title: Linking Biological and Social Sciences in SBE
Lead Author: Leigh, Steven R
Abstract: Future advances in social, behavioral, and economic sciences can be both promoted and accelerated by seeking ways to understand the biological bases of social patterns and processes. Significant opportunities arise from theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances in both social and biological sciences, but historical factors limit the degree to which these fields can be linked. Tremendous quantities, kinds, and ranges of genomic data mandate the immediacy of working in both biological and social sciences. Such data present foundations for articulations between biological and social sciences. Novel theories in both areas also create a major push towards interdisciplinary collaborations. Furthermore, revolutionary advances in technology, particularly in nano-scale biosensing, offer unprecedented opportunities to undertake biological research in ways that remain to be conceived. SBE needs to be prepared to support research that avails itself of entirely new technologies, methods, and paradigms in biological and social sciences. These new directions should be informed by critical questions facing social science, with extensive interactions with biology. Ultimately, knowledge generated by emerging approaches will have direct and significant impacts on addressing persistent social problems, with major implications for the future directions of government and non-governmental agency policy and resources.
PDF: Leigh_Steven_263.pdf

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