March 06, 2013


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Amy Wolaver, associate professor of economics at Bucknell University, will give the Annual Class of 1956 Lecture Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, "Educated Guesses," is free and open to the public. Wolaver will discuss the importance of social science methodology and public policy analysis in decision making.

Established by the Class of 1956 as a graduation gift to the University, the lectureship is awarded during Commencement ceremonies to a member of the faculty in recognition of inspirational teaching.

Wolaver, who joined Bucknell in 1998, has been praised by her colleagues as a true teacher-scholar whose contributions have had a broad impact on both students and the University.

Her teaching and research interests include health economics and policy and microeconomics, specifically the impact of public funding of healthcare coverage on outcomes, the determinants of quality of healthcare, and the impact of migration on labor market outcomes.

Credited with using innovative teaching methods such as student portfolios and writing-to-learn strategies to engage students in coursework, Wolaver is a strong participant in the Residential College program and other interdisciplinary teaching initiatives on campus.

She has mentored numerous students in independent studies, honors theses, and internships conducting data analysis for the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) and developed opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research in the social sciences with other faculty.

Wolaver also serves as co-director of the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP), which supports social science research, analysis, and teaching on campus and beyond, and provides a forum for contemporary public policy discussion.

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