This beta version of the website constitutes a catalyst for discussing two sets of questions:
1. What obligations, if any, do social scientists assume when receiving public funding for their research? Should they strive to share their insights with the broader society that funds their work?
2. Presently, a social scientist's academic impact is assessed by tracking citations in academic journals. Should an individual's public impact be assessed, in a parallel manner, by tracking citations in the public media? Given the degree to which social science research is publicly funded, should tenure and promotion reviews broaden their purview to assess not only an individual's academic but also public impact?