Research to Action Panel Discussion – September 15

How can university researchers translate their academic work into real-world impacts? This question is on the minds of many faculty and graduate students.

On Thursday, September 15, join UC’s Center for Public Engagement with Science for a panel discussion about how research from a range of disciplines can lead to community change, policy, and other tangible outcomes. This discussion features Danielle Bessett (A&S Sociology), Carl Fichtenbaum (College of Medicine), and Whitney Gaskins (College of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and is moderated by Eduardo Martinez (A&S Philosophy). Learn more about our panelists below.


Danielle Bessett
Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
Director of the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN)

Professor Bessett’s research examines patient experiences of abortion care and disparities in contraceptive access, prenatal care, and infant mortality. Co-directed by Bessett, OPEN conducts interdisciplinary research to assess the reproductive health and well-being of Ohioans and our neighbors in the context of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies.

Carl Fichtenbaum
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Gregory W. Rouan Professor in Internal Medicine, College of Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical Research for Internal Medicine

Dr. Fichtenbaum’s expertise is in clinical research in infectious diseases, including HIV and cardiovascular disease. He is Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at UC that focuses on developing novel treatments for HIV/Associated co-morbid conditions and prevention of HIV transmission.  He has also been one of UC’s leaders in COVID-19 research and response.

Whitney Gaskins
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Founder of the Gaskins Foundation

Professor Gaskins’s research focuses on biomedical engineering and engineering education. She is Principal Investigator of the Choose Ohio First Program (COF) and Ohio LSAMP grants, which help prepare students to enter the STEMM workforce. In 2009, she founded The Gaskins Foundation, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to educate and empower the African American community.

Event Details

The panel discussion will be held live at the Tangeman University Center (TUC) MainStreet Cinema on the University of Cincinnati campus and will be immediately followed by a reception. Not able to join us in person? The discussion will also be available virtually via YouTube Live Stream.

Please register in advance for the event at

This event is cosponsored by the UC Office of Research, Research2030, and Taft Research Center.