Contact Info

Primary Title: 
Program Lead, Science and Society | Associate Director (On Leave)
Email Contact: 
312 Kerr Administration Building
STEM Research Center and Office for Research Advancement

Dr. Julie Risien is the Director of the NSF Polar STEAM Initiative which is housed at the Center and conducted in collaboration with the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative ArtsPrecollege Programs, and the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS).  She serves as Principal on the ARC-Learn undergraduate research program, also in partnership with CEOAS, and participates in several national science and society initiatives as research partner or adviser.  Julie served as the Associate Director for the Center from 2012 until 2022 when she became the Director of Transdisciplinary Research in the Office for Research Advancement under the Vice President for Research.  She is a Co-PI NSF-funded Resource Center Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS). serves on the graduate faculty for CEOAS and the OSU Environmental Sciences Program. Her research and practice focuses on scientist professional development and inter-institutional partnerships to enhance “Broader Impacts”, the transformative power of learning networks, organizational structures, and partnerships to improve connection at the interface of science and society. 

Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. Environmental Sciences (Social Science)
M.S. Marine Resource Management
B.A. Environmental Sciences (Marine Ecology)


Research Description: 
Collaboration; Transformative Learning Networks; Faculty Development; Broader Impacts