Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Strategies for Dialogue Across Disciplines: University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment's "Outburst!"
I am currently sitting and learning at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment's "Outburst!" event. If you'd like to come join in, you can link into the live stream. It's a very interesting model for encouraging interdisciplinary interchange through which many of the Institute's residential fellows present for 3 to 5 minutes about their projects. Presenters are from a wide range of departments and entities, including: Applied Economics; Agronomy & Plant Genomics; Bioproducts/Biosystems Engineering; the Center for Sustainable Building Research; Chemistry; Computer Science and Engineering; Civil Engineering; Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; Epidemiology and Community Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Geography; Law; Plant Biology; the Science Museum of Minnesota; Science, Technology & Public Policy; and Soil, Water, and Climate. The presentations allow people to quickly get a sense of each other's research, which then can seed future connections. I'd welcome your comments and strategies for creating dialogue across disciplines and will highlight some others in future posts.