Friday, December 07, 2012

Two SOE faculty members have project "cubed" during MCubed launch

Tags: deans updates, lattuca, lawrence

I am delighted to share the good news that an interdisciplinary team of education and engineering researchers was among the first 50 teams on campus to '''get cubed' in the recent MCubed launch. Lisa Lattuca, professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE), Jan Lawrence, associate professor in CSHPE, and Cindy Finelli, director of the Center for Research and Learning in Engineering and research associate professor in the College of Engineering, will collaborate to study the impact of the MCubed initiative. Their study, "Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Studying the Impact of MCubed on Researchers and Research," will build on research that suggests serendipity often plays a role in interdisciplinary research collaborations as individuals with new ideas fortuitously connect with colleagues from disciplines other than their own. The project will explore how a non-peer-reviewed, seeding initiative designed to promote interdisciplinary research affects the interactions and scholarly activities of cooperating faculty members over time. The team will use a multi-method design to explore three questions: (1) How does the seeding process shape partnerships; (2) How do the collaborators’ personal and disciplinary perspectives influence their interactions and ultimately, the trajectories of both funded and unfunded projects; and (3) What tangible and intangible outcomes result from the MCubed initiative and the activities of those who submitted a project (whether funded or not).

Please join me in congratulating Lisa, Jan, and Cindy on their project! And please note that MCubed will fund an additional 150 projects by the end of the calendar year. Between now and Monday, December 17, faculty can post new project ideas as well as re-request funding for projects that were not funded in the first round. If you are interested in submitting a project, please contact Elizabeth Moje to request an MCubed token.

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