American Institutes for Research Economic Expert Julia Lane to Receive Gutenberg Chair Award

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Julia Lane, a senior managing economist at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), will be awarded the Gutenberg Chair at a ceremony on January 24, 2014 in Strasbourg, France, for her work, “Examining the Results of Research Investments: A Multi Country Study.”

Gutenberg Chairs are awarded to researchers from international institutions of higher education and research for the purpose of stimulating scientific research in the Alsace, France, region. The Chairs of Excellence are funded by local authorities in Alsace at the recommendation of the Gutenberg Circle, which includes all of the Circle’s active members in Alsace, the Institut de France, Collège de France, the Institut Universitaire de France and others.

Recipients of the prize receive financial assistance towards a year-long research project in the region.

The goal of Dr. Lane’s research project is to examine the value of a new data infrastructure to study the scientific and economic results of research investments in multiple countries. The new infrastructure is designed to trace the linkages between initial research funds, scientists who receive funding, and their subsequent scientific and economic activities. The project will be the first of its kind to be able to describe how scientific teams in different countries organize themselves and the consequences for their subsequent productivity. Dr. Lane is part of AIR’s International Development, Evaluation, and Research program.

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