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March 29, 2024

The UM Board of Regents named Jason Owen-Smith associate vice president to lead research intelligence strategy

Jason Owen-Smith, a sociologist who launched a national university data consortium designed to understand, explain and improve the public value of research, has been named an associate vice president for research at the University of Michigan.

The Board of Regents approved his three-year appointment as associate vice president for research – institutional capabilities and research intelligence March 28.

“U-M researchers do world-class work across essentially the entire scope of human knowledge. The university creates and uses vast amounts of data about our own research, scholarship and creative practice activities, and now we are systematically applying it to understand and amplify our scholarship and its impact.

“We have an incredible opportunity to apply data tools to our own practices to help U-M leaders ensure our institution’s capabilities, magnify researchers’ ability to extend the frontiers of their fields and help address today’s most pressing challenges.”