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.

Hari Osofsky


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An interesting report indeed.

For anyone who wishes to learn more about sustainability and energy issues I strongly suggest you check out this upcoming Agrion Energy Conference. The event will touch upon of variety of subjects involved in energy security and renewables with key figures from the government and large businesses discussing these issues.

Here is the link: http://www.agrion.org/sessions/agrion-ny-Residential_Demand_Response_and_Enabling_Technologies_.htm

Posted by: Chris | Nov 21, 2011 9:20:55 AM

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