UCI Interdisciplinary Research Showcase and Workshop

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Friday, October 25, 2019

1-6 p.m. in the UCI Student Center – Doheny Rooms

Faculty and graduate students are invited to join in this new workshop designed to celebrate and promote effective collaboration in interdisciplinary research.

Workshop sessions will address a wide range of topics of interest to UCI researchers, including hands-on tools for promoting effective cross-disciplinary collaboration and best practices for leading and sustaining interdisciplinary research and training programs.

Additional topics include:

  • Identifying funding sources that support interdisciplinary research
  • Building successful university-community partnerships
  • Leveraging an interdisciplinary degree in today’s job market
  • Promotion and tenure implications of participating in team-based scholarship, including strategies for highlighting one’s contributions to collaborative projects in academic personnel reviews


1:00 – 1:05 p.m. Welcome – Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia
1:05 – 1:15 p.m. Masters of Ceremony:
Maritza Salazar,
Assistant Professor, Organization and Management
Mike Yassa,
Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
1:20 – 2:20 p.m. ‘Faculty Slam’ (Grad Slam/Ted Talk style) – Six faculty representatives from of all parts of campus will describe their research project and highlight the value of the interdisciplinary component of the work.


  • Brett Sanders, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Beth Cauffman, Professor, Psychological Science
  • Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Director of AirUCI and Professor of Chemistry
  • Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law
  • Douglas Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Director of ADVANCE, and Professor of History
  • Daniel Whiteson, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
2:25 – 2:45 p.m. Team Science – Useful tools for interdisciplinary research

  • Maritza Salazar-Campo, Assistant Professor, Organization and Management
  • Gary Olson, Bren Professor Emeritus, of Informatics
  • Judith Olson, Bren Professor Emerita, of Informatics
  • Daniel Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Social Ecology
2:50 – 3:05 p.m. Break
3:10 – 3:40 p.m. Breakout #1 Group Discussions

  • Building and sustaining an interdisciplinary program
    Presenter:  Dan Cooper, Professor and AVC, Clinical and Translational Research
  • Interdisciplinary research internal/external funding opportunities explored

    Pramod Khargonekar,
    Vice Chancellor for Research  
    John Crawford, Associate Dean and Professor for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • UCI Engage – connecting UCI research with the community 
    Presenter:  Nancy Guerra, Dean of Social Ecology, Director UCI Engage and Professor of Psychological Science
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Breakout #2 Group Discussions:

  • How to leverage an interdisciplinary degree in today’s job market

    Neda Moayedi, 
    SAGE Scholars Director
    Lauren Lyon, Career Pathways Career Engagement Educator for Graduate Students
  • Promotion and tenure implications for interdisciplinary research; How to write an effective research narrative

    Diane O’Dowd, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and CAP Chair
    Sharon Block, Chair, Council on Academic Personnel and Professor, History
    Gary Olson, Professor Emeritus, Informatics
  • Humanities and the Arts, Grand Challenges, and Interdisciplinary Connectivity

    Tyrus Miller, Dean, School of Humanities
    Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Director of the Humanities Center, Professor of Asian American Studies & Chancellors Fellow
    James Kyung-Jin Lee Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English
    Stephen Barker, Dean and Professor, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
4:25 – 4:50 p.m. Seed Fund winners panel – Discuss proposal process, lessons learned

Carol McDonald Connor, Chancellor’s Professor of Education
Jennifer Martiny, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Elliot Botvinick, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Surgery
4:55 – 5:05 p.m. Closing remarks

Hal Stern, Vice Provost, Academic Planning

5:05 – 6:00 p.m. Networking reception