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Mosaic Report: Synergies Between Cs, Social Sciences


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The Mosiac report identified areas where opportunities for developing new synergies exist, such as energy, healthcare, and learning.

Credit: National Science Foundation

The U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) recently released a report that assessed the directorate's research investments and identified future research directions.

The report cites "an interdisciplinary, data-intensive, and collaborative vision for the future of SBE research" that requires new alliances and synergies between social scientists and computer scientists.

"We have the opportunity to transform SBE over the next decade by creating a new generation of researchers and by providing them with the research programs, data, and working environments in which to answer critical questions," says NSF's Myron P. Gutmann.

SBE program director Michael Gorman observes that "the consensus appears to be that more collaboration across SBE disciplines is essential going forward." The report identified areas where opportunities for developing new synergies exist, such as energy, healthcare, and learning.

"Successes in social network analysis, behavioral economics, decision making, and neuroscience, together with robust data sources and computational tools, offer analytical methods and approaches that are capable of supporting both traditional and collaborative research at potentially new scales, from the cellular to the global," the report said.

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