Interdisciplinary Collaboration Workshop

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

8:30 am — Coffee and light refreshments available

9:00 — Welcome to Boston University: Andrei Ruckenstein, Associate Provost and Vice President of Research

9:05 — Workshop Overview (Susannah Paletz and Laurel Smith-Doerr)

9:20 — Introductions

9:45 — Practitioner plenary: Robert Hull, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “Materials, Science, and Nanotechnology”

10:15 — Robert Hull Q&A, full group discussion

10:30 — Break

10:45 — Organizational, Economic, and Policy Issues

  • Jason Owen-Smith, University of Michigan: “The Network Ecology of Collaboration”
  • Kaye Husbands Fealing, University of Minnesota
  • Stephen Zehr, University of Southern Indiana: “Science Policy Gaps in the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Research”

11:30 — Roundtable discussion

12:00 pm — Lunch and plenary presentation by Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College: “Environmental Science, Arctic Studies, and Interdisciplinarty” (Including Q&A)

1:00 — Multidisciplinary Cognition

  • Chris Schunn, University of Pittsburgh: “Vacuous and Ill-conceived: The Problem of Evaluation Norms in Interdisciplinary Interaction”
  • Rogers Hall, Vanderbilt University: “Distributing Cognition in Talk Across Disciplines”
  • Anita Williams Woolley, Carnegie Mellon University: “Group Brain?”

2:00 — Roundtable discussion

2:30 – Science/Technology Studies

  • Karin Knorr Cetina, University of Chicago: “Can Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Collaborations be Made to Work? Some Insights from Physics”
  • Wes Shrum, Louisiana State University: “Myths of Collaboration and the Public Conscience of Scholars”
  • Ray Fouché, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “The More the Merrier: What is Gained Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration?”

3:15 — Coffee break and light refreshments

3:30 — Multidisciplinary and Diverse Teams

  • Margaret Neale, Stanford University: “Faultlines and Congruence in Diverse Teams”
  • Joann Keyton, North Carolina State University: “Team Science Communication: Language, Meaning, and Process”
  • Laurie Weingart, Carnegie Mellon University: “Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Team Cognition: The Role of Representational Gaps”
  • Lucy Gilson, University of Connecticut: “An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Team Creativity”

4:30 — Roundtable discussion

5:00 — Full group discussion

5:30 — Adjourn for the day

6:00 — Dinner at Eastern Standard restaurant. Please email right away if you do NOT plan to attend.

Friday, November 5th, 2010

8:00 am — Coffee and light refreshments available

8:30 — Networks and Diversity

  • Laurel Smith-Doerr, Boston University: “Whose Interdisciplinarity? Gendered Organizations in Science and Questions about Interdisciplinary Collaboration”
  • Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University
  • Erin Leahey, University of Arizona: “The Impact of Interdisciplinarity on Scientists’ Careers: Variation by Gender & Career Stage”

9:15 — Roundtable discussion

9:45 — Education and Public Participation

  • David Hess, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “Interdisciplinary Research, Publics, and Civil Society”
  • Eleonore Pauwels, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: “Engaging with Synthetic Biology Practices and Doing STS: Experiences and Prospects”
  • Ed Hackett, Arizona State University: “Lessons from IGERT for What Might Follow”

10:30 — Coffee break

10:45 — Roundtable discussion

11:15 — Full group discussion

12:00 pm — Lunch and plenary presentation by Sara Kiesler, Carnegie Mellon University: “Human-Computer Interaction and Organization Science of Science” (inc. Q&A)

1:00 — Research on Policies for Funding Interdisciplinary Projects

  •  Jonathon Cummings, Duke University, “Research Team Integration: What It Is and Why It Matters For Policy”
  •  Robert Frodeman, University of North Texas & Britt Holbrook, University of North Texas: “The Future of Interdisciplinarity”

1:30 — Roundtable discussion

2:00 — Full group meeting/overview and wrap-up (Susannah Paletz)

3:00 — Adjourn