All plenary sessions will be presented in Alumni Hall, Auditorium, 7th Floor.

Communicating Science in Challenging Environments
4:00 p.m., Thursday, 18 October

Arthur Lupia, PhD
Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan

Head, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
National Science Foundation

Arthur Lupia, PhD, studies the processes, principles, and factors that guide decision-making and learning across various audiences and populations. His work has shed light on the role of institutions and information in shaping policies and politics and examines how people make decisions when they lack information or face adverse circumstances. His research has generated insight and helped explain topics like voting and elections and their outcomes. Lupia draws from mathematics, statistics, neuroscience, and other scientific and philosophical disciplines to explore legislative–bureaucratic relations, civic competence, information processing, strategic communication, the role of the media and Internet in politics, and many other areas. His work on science communication and civic education has influenced scholarly practice, public policy, and classroom teaching around the world.

Lupia has long worked with organizations to improve their decision-making and communication of scientific facts. As a founder of TESS (Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences), he has helped support hundreds of social sciences investigations and experiments that draw on general-population opinion and representative national samples. Lupia was previously principal investigator for the American National Election Studies research organization and, this year, was named head of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation.

Lupia has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Lupia received the American Political Science Association Ithiel de Sola Pool Award, the American Association for Public Opinion Research Mitofsky Innovators Award, and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Rochester and his social science PhD at the California Institute of Technology.