October 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Cafe Conversations | Dr. Julie Paxton, Oct. 24

Dr. Julia Paxton, portrait

Dr. Julia Paxton

Café Conversations presents Dr. Julie Paxton on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center.

Paxton is Professor of Economics at Ohio University.

Can people be nudged to behave altruistically? People rely on problem-solving rules called heuristics to make decisions easier. Behavioral economists seek to understand how these heuristics affect decisions to be generous or greedy. Experiments and games illustrate how small changes in our environment can alter behavior, from selfish to selfless. By understanding and using this information, Paxton talks about how to alter policies and practices to make the world a kinder place.

In her Café Conversation, “The Economics of Kindness,” Professor of Economics Julia Paxton will explore some funny and surprising insights about kindness from the economics literature. Drawing from her “Economics of Altruism” class, she will share results from experiments that test for generosity and kindness, performed right here in Athens by Ohio University students.

Science Café and Café Conversations are sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Research and Creativity and the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. They are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Science Café is a venue for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting.

2018 cafe conversation logo, noting 10 year anniversary

Fall 2018 Science Café & Café Conversations

Sept. 19—Dr. Scott Moody, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, “Why we need the EPA and ESA for our health?” Watch on A&S TV.

Sept. 26, Conversation—Dr. Laeeq Khan, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Studies

Oct. 3—Dr. Ronan Carroll, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Watch on A&S TV

Oct. 17—Dr. Natalie Daniels, Associate Professor in the Voinovich School Watch on A&S TV

Oct. 24, Conversation—Dr. Julie Paxton, Professor of Economics Watch on A&S TV

Nov. 14—Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology

Dec. 5—Dr. Julie Suhr, Professor of Psychology

Spring Semester 2019

Jan. 23—Dr. Doug Clowe, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Jan. 30, Conversation—Julie Owens, Professor of Psychology

Feb. 6—Dr. Lawrence Witmer, Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Feb. 20—Dr. John Kopchick, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine & Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar

March 6—Dr. Ryan Chornock, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Spring Break (March 11-16)

March 27—Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, Professor of Social Medicine

April 10—Dr. Deborah McAvoy, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

April 11 Research and Creativity Expo


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