“The science of association is the mother science; the progress of all the others depends on the progress of that one.”
—Alexis de Toqueville
Pacific Standard grapples with the nation’s biggest issues—with a focus on economics, society and justice, education, and the environment—by paying particular interest to what shapes human behavior. We are interested in the psychological tendencies, customs, conditions, and galvanizing ideas that propel modern life, and suggest ways in which it can be improved. Through our publications and events, we explore the science of society with a broad community of readers, contributors, and thought leaders. We believe in the power of cutting-edge empirical research to shed new light on human affairs. And we believe in the power of great storytelling to make vivid and persuasive what is otherwise abstract.
Our publications include a bimonthly print magazine and a dynamic website, PSmag.com. In partnership with our parent organization, the non-profit Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, Pacific Standard works with national organizations focused on the social and behavioral sciences, bringing public discussions to live audiences.
- June 28, 2013: Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Announces Line-Up for Its 2013 Behavioral Science Summit
The Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University today released its line-up for its second annual Behavioral Sciences Summit on July 11, 2013, at Stanford University. The daylong, invitation-only event will examine the state of behavioral science and its role in technology, the arts, business, and society as seen through the lens of creativity and innovation. Nobel laureate and one-time CASBS Fellow Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast and Slow, will deliver the day’s keynote. …
- April 24, 2013: Pacific Standard & UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency Kick off Santa Barbara’s First Thursdays With a Conversation About New Sources of Fossil Fuel
Pacific Standard magazine, the award-winning publication of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy, is bringing two of its esteemed journalists to Antioch University this Thursday, May 2, to discuss the potential impact of new, surprising sources of fossil fuel at home and abroad.
Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, and Pacific Standard editor Vince Beiser will be joined by U.C. Santa Barbara geochemist David Valentine, whose research includes looking at the aftermath of offshore oil spills and whose lab has explored field sites from Alaska to southern Chile. Michael Todd, a staff writer at Pacific Standard, will moderate the conversation. …
Pacific Standard, the new incarnation of what was formerly Miller-McCune magazine, launches today, bringing its Western perspective to the media landscape. Under director of Publisher P. Steven Ainsley and Editor-in-Chief Maria Streshinsky, the bimonthly ideas publication Pacific Standard will combine quality journalism and top-level academic research to bring to the forefront the core people and data behind major issues of the day. …
Miller-McCune has named The Atlantic’s Managing Editor Maria Streshinsky as editor-in-chief, effective in July 2011. Streshinsky has been an integral member of the lead editorial staff at The Atlantic since 2007.
During her tenure with The Atlantic, Streshinsky helped the 154-year-old publication enjoy a dramatic revitalization, culminating in profitability in 2010. Directing a staff of more than 30, Streshinsky managed the development of every issue; worked with a variety of high-profile authors; and oversaw the budget for The Atlantic and TheAtlantic.com. She also helped edit and produce the stand-alone newsstand issues of The Atlantic, and developed The Atlantic Fiction-for-Kindle program. Streshinsky was awarded the Atlantic Media Company 2009 Chairman’s Award for Editing Excellence. …
IN/ON THE NEWS: TELEVISION
- January 26, 2014: CNN
Amanda Hess joins a panel on Reliable Sources to discuss female reporters facing Internet abuse.
- January 10, 2014: PBS
Amanda Hess on her article about harassment online, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”
- April 3, 2013: CSPAN
Lisa Margonelli on her article about fracking, “The Debate We Aren’t Having.”
- March 19, 2013: Huff Post – LIVE
Vince Beiser joins the panel on “Peak Oil” with Daniel Yergin and Leonardo Maugeri, discussing “The Deluge”.
IN/ON THE NEWS: RADIO
- January 29, 2014: KCRW’s “Press Play”
John Gravois on “A Toast Story.”
- January 15, 2014: NPR’s “On Point”
Amanda Hess joins a panel with Danielle Citron and Anna Holmes.
- January 14, 2014: “The Brian Lehrer Show”
Amanda Hess discusses online misogyny.
- January 8, 2014: NPR’s “Tell Me More”
Amanda Hess joins a panel about online harassment and bullying.
- January 8, 2014: KPCC Southern California Public Radio’s “Take Two”
Amanda Hess discusses her article about online harassment, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”
- July 15, 2013: KPCC Southern California Public Radio’s “Take Two”
Amanda Hess talks about The Asylum, the Burbank studio which recently rolled out B-movie phenomenon Sharknado.
- July 12, 2013: KPCC Southern California Public Radio’s “Take Two”
Tim Heffernan discusses his article on copper, “The New Bronze Age.”
- July 11, 2013: New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth”
Mark Obbie on post-traumatic growth—the positive effects of trauma.
- May 14, 2013: New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth”
Lisa Margonelli on trailer parks and the baby boomer housing crisis.
- May 6, 2013: KPCC Southern California Public Radio’s “Take Two”
Lisa Margonelli on trailer park retirement villages and why they’re important.
- April 24, 2013: New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth”
Tom Jacobs on men’s apparent inability to read women’s emotions.
- April 13, 2013: New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth”
Seth Masket on why political science research matters.
- March 12, 2013: NPR’s “The Takeaway”
Lisa Margonelli on fracking, and the questions we aren’t asking.
- March 8, 2013: NPR’s “Brian Lehrer Show”
Vince Beiser on his article, “The Deluge,” which undercuts the prevailing concept of “peak oil.”
- February 22, 2013: WBUR’s “Here & Now”
June Thomas on dental health care reform.
ABOUT THE MILLER-MCCUNE CENTER
In 2007, Sara Miller McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Santa Barbara, California, to provide journalists and media professionals with the tools to properly disseminate research-based knowledge to influential audiences in the U.S. and abroad. As a private operating foundation, the Miller-McCune Center strives to not just inform, but also to promote meaningful dialogue by reporting, in clear and concise language, the latest and most relevant scientific research and innovations shaping the issues of the day. Today, using print and online resources, internships, and direct outreach to the scholarly community, the Center’s goal is to tap into existing social and behavioral research to inform and promote forward-thinking actions in public policy. To that end, the Center supports the following programs:
PACIFIC STANDARD MAGAZINE AND PSMAG.COM
True to the mission of the Miller-McCune Center, the award-winning Pacific Standard magazine and companion website, PSmag.com, reaches nearly 1,000,000 readers each month with evocative research-based articles featuring the best of the social sciences. From the brain to the ballot box, from Facebook to foreign affairs, Pacific Standard tackles the world’s biggest social, political, and cultural issues by exploring why we do what we do.
SCIENCE AND THE MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS
In an effort to help active researchers share their work with broader audiences in the public and policy arenas, the Center partners with organizations such as COMPASS and the Heinz Center’s Institute for Science Communication & Policy Development, as well as two Stanford University-based initiatives, the Aldo Leonard Leadership Program and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, to bring media resources, content, and expertise to private and public events.
SCIENCE JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS
The Center offers hands-on internships and fellowships to talented and eager journalism and policy students from around the world at its base in Santa Barbara, California. More than 14 people have come through the program since its inception in 2008.
PACIFIC STANDARD EVENTS
In 2014, Pacific Standard launched a series of public events with journalists, policy experts, and social scientists to present some of our biggest stories and examine why finding solutions will take more than intellectual energy and policies to move the dial.
SANTA BARBARA JOURNALISM INITIATIVE/MISSION & STATE
In our hometown of Santa Barbara, California, the Miller-McCune Center is the publisher and fiscal sponsor of the Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative, a non-profit journalism project created in 2012 and supported by a Knight Foundation grant matched by several local foundations. The initiative’s news website, Mission & State, launched in June 2013 to deliver powerful, deeply reported, richly experienced narratives from Santa Barbara with local, regional, and sometimes national impact. Mission & State focuses on showcase investigative and explanatory journalism delivered in a rich multimedia environment to provide readers with the most dynamic online storytelling experience possible.