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Research On Tap

The Oklahoma State University Division of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with Iron Monk Brewery, is excited to present an opportunity for you, the public, to meet and interact with experts from a wide range of research fields at OSU. Researchers from the sciences, arts and humanities will be joined by Dr. Kenneth Sewell, the Vice President for Research, to have a conversation regarding their work and the impact it has on you and your community. Ample time will be provided for you to interact with the researcher and questions are encouraged in this informal, but informative, setting.

ICARE is the motto acronym for the Business Analytics program at Oklahoma State University. Integrity, Curiosity, Accountability, Respect, and Empathy are at the core of everything. When Dr. Miriam McGaugh and her team in Business Analytics were approached to collaborate on research about human trafficking, they jumped at the chance to incorporate ICARE values into a project that could change lives in a dramatic way. Current approaches to human trafficking focus on finding and punishing the trafficker, or removing the trafficked person from the situation. This has not proven to be an effective approach, at least in part because the supply of individual traffickers and vulnerable victims is rapidly replenished. Examining the problem with a public health lens highlights the connections between the ‘host’ (person being trafficked, often a sex worker), the ‘agent’ (trafficker), the ‘environment’ (society and cultural norms), and the ‘vector’ (advertising mechanisms) that makes the enterprise profitable. From this perspective, every connection among these factors offers a potential intervention point. Using big data tools such as network analysis, McGaugh and her team are searching for hidden patterns in online advertising data that can point authorities to entire groups of traffickers and their hosts.

We hope you will join us the third Monday of each month to enjoy some of Stillwater’s own local brew while chatting about some of the impactful and interesting research happening here on the OSU campus. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes of open dialogue between Dr. Sewell and the researcher, followed by questions and discussion from the audience.

We look forward to seeing you at the Iron Monk Brewery Taproom, 519 South Husband, on Monday, November 19, at 5:30 pm.


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Upcoming Schedule:

November 19, Dr. Miriam McGaugh, Marketing

December 17, Dr. Jamey Jacob, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering