The UNM Interdisciplinary Science Cooperative and UNM Grand Challenges

are proud to announce the inaugural

  Team Research Symposium

Held virtually from

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bringing faculty and students across campus
together to exchange ideas and promote more productive research teams.

 

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

We hope that you made some new connections and shared some great ideas. It was inspiring to see our Lobo community come together and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
 
Please share your thoughts on this year's event by completing this short survey. Your input will be hugely helpful in planning for next year's symposium.

 

Thank you for sharing your time and your expertise and we look forward to hearing about your future research collaborations.

SESSION RECORDINGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD RECIPIENTS

Undergraduate Student Team Research Concept Competition
 GRAND PRIZE TEAM
Artificial Photosynthesis
Lena Hoover, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Priya Bhakta, Electrical Computer Engineering
Lana Hoover, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

Graduate Student Team Research Concept Competition 
GRAND PRIZE TEAM
Development of a multidimensional resilience scale:
A transdisciplinary approach to decolonializing resilience in substance use research
Alena Kuhlemeier, Sociology
Carmela Roybal, Sociology
Brigitte Stevens, Psychology
Alexandra Hernandez-Vallant, Psychology
Melissa C. Henry, Individual, Family, and Community Education

 

 

Faculty Team Research Concept Competition 
GRAND PRIZE RECIPIENT
Creative Action for Housing Solutions
Submitted by Michaele Pride, School of Architecture and Planning

 


 

Schedule of Events: 

Tuesday, April 20th

WELCOME CEREMONY
9:30 - 9:45 AM

Speakers:
GStokesGarnett S. Stokes, PhD
President
University of New Mexico


 

JHollowayJames Paul Holloway, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of New Mexico

 

 

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SESSION 1A
9:45 - 10:30 AM

Roundtable Discussion: Developing common vocabularies and frames of reference for interdisciplinary research teams 

One of the key challenges in team research is developing common vocabularies for interdisciplinary researchers.  During this session, the facilitators will present on important concepts, challenges and resources.  Participants will then join breakout groups for 30 minutes, where they will more fully explore the topic, and develop practices and strategies to help breakdown vocabulary barriers.  All participants will then reconvene for 15 minutes, with breakout groups reporting their observations and ideas.

Facilitators:

Melinda Morgan, JD
W.K. Kellogg Chair
Director, UNM Sustainability Studies Program

Dave Hanson, PhD
Professor, Biology
University of New Mexico

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SESSION 2A
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Speed Networking Towards Future Projects

Expand your network and meet potential new research partners through this networking opportunity. During this session, participants will be randomly paired for 15 minutes at a time and will be given introductory prompts to help inspire discussion. Afterwards, participants will be given contact info of attendees so that they can continue their conversations. Please note that the contact info you provide upon registration will be used for additional follow-up.

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SESSION 2B
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Broader Impacts Panel: Interdisciplinary Collaborations at UNM to Develop More Meaningful Broader Impacts in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) 

This panel will bring together UNM researchers from engineering, physical, and natural sciences as well as UNM researchers from the humanities, creative, and social sciences to discuss best practices for collaboration, community outreach and broader impacts.  Emphasis will be placed on ways to encourage faculty to leverage UNM networks and departments to build new programming.  Each panelist will present for 2-3 minutes on their past and current broader impact collaborations, including lessons learned, followed by Q&A. 

Moderator:
Andrea Polli, PhD
Professor and Director
STEAM New Mexico

 

Panelists:
Heather Himmelberger
Director
SW Environmental Finance Center

Kerry Howe, PhD
Professor & Regents' Lecturer
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Maria Lane, PhD
Professor and Director
R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography

Caroline Scruggs, PhD
Associate Professor
Natural Resources and Environmental Planning

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SESSION 3A

 

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Graduate Student Team Research Concept Competition

Teams of graduate students were invited to develop interdisciplinary team research concepts to share at the Team Research Symposium. Six finalist teams will present: (1) the research goal they wish to address, (2) a summary of the challenges associated with the research goal, (3) a description of the processes they would use to achieve their research goal, and (4) a summary of how each team member could contribute to those processes.  During this session, each team will present for five minutes and answer questions for five minutes.  Judges will select the winning team, which will be announced during the Awards Presentation on April 22 at 2:30 pm. 

Teams:

Development of a multidimensional resilience scale: A transdisciplinary approach to decolonializing resilience in substance use research

The interplay of media influence, social norms, and interpersonal communication on vaping behaviors: a socio-ecological perspective

SpiderBot: an innovative autonomous classroom sanitization solution

Designing an innovative and efficient touchless sensor for elevators at UNM

Consciousness: what we know and where we are going?

Challenges of Power Systems During COVID-19

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS
2:00 - 3:00 PM

 
MO'RourkeCreating Common Ground for Interdisciplinary Teams

Michael O'Rourke, PhD
Director, Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I)

Michael O’Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch and Environmental Science & Policy at Michigan State University. He is Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity and Director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research. His research interests include epistemology, communication and epistemic integration in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and linguistic communication between intelligent agents.

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Wednesday, April 21st 

SESSION 1A
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Lightning Presentations: Team Research Projects 

Learn more about current transdisciplinary team-based research projects at UNM.  Hear from four presenters, who will each speak for 7 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions/answers.  

Presentations:

Chasing Helium: Continental Smokers and Extremophiles
Lead Presenter: Laura Crossey, PhD
Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences 

Integrative Treatment for Achieving Holistic Recovery from Comorbid Chronic Pain and Opiod Use Disorder
Lead Presenter: Matthew Pearson, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Water is Not Just for Engineers & Scientists
Lead Presenter: Heather Himmelberger
Director, SW Environmental Finance Center 

Sustainable and Resilient Water Resources Through Interdisciplinary Research
Lead Presenter: Alex Webster, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology

 

LP: Research Projects
Download the full guide for this session here.


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SESSION 1B
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Speed Networking Towards Future Projects

Expand your network and meet potential new research partners through this fun networking opportunity. During this session, participants will be randomly paired for 15 minutes at a time and will be given introductory prompts to help inspire discussion. Afterwards, participants will be given contact info of attendees so that they can continue their conversations. Please note that the contact info you provide upon registration will be used for additional follow-up.

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SESSION 2A
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Roundtable Discussion: Strategies for sparking innovation among researchers across disciplines 

Interdisciplinary research team members often respond to different motivations and hold varied research goals.  Finding common ground can help spark innovation and enthusiasm for the research team.  During this session, the facilitators will present on important concepts, challenges and resources.  Participants will then join breakout groups for 30 minutes, where they will more fully explore the topic, and develop practices and strategies to spark innovation and enthusiasm.  All participants will then reconvene for 15 minutes, with breakout groups reporting their observations and ideas.

Facilitators:

Robert DelCampo, PhD
Executive Director
UNM Innovation Academy

Stephanie Tofighi, MSPP
Faculty Research Support Officer
UNM Office of the VP for Research

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SESSION 2B
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Challenges and Opportunities: Researchers Panel 

Join us for a panel discussion with seven UNM faculty researchers.  Each panelist will discuss important barriers and benefits they have encountered in interdisciplinary research, followed by questions and observations from participants.  

** You must be registered for 3A to attend this session **

Moderator:

Mary Jo Daniel, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research
University of New Mexico

 

Panelists:

Christopher Lippitt, PhD
Faculty Coordinator
UNM Interdisciplinary Science Cooperative

Shuang Luan, PhD
Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Computer Science

William Michener, PhD
Director
NM EPSCoR

Tryphenia B. Peele-Eddy, PhD
Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion, and Faculty
College of Education & Human Sciences

Andrea Polli, PhD
Professor and Director
STEAM New Mexico

Jennifer Rudgers. PhD
Professor, Biology
University of New Mexico

Katie Witkiewicz, PhD
Regents' Professor
Department of Psychology
University of New Mexico

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SESSION 3A
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Challenges and Opportunities: Administrators Panel 

Following the Researchers Panel, five UNM research administrators will reflect upon the barriers and benefits discussed by the researcher panelists and session participants earlier in the day.  Administrator panelists will also discuss additional considerations that were not addressed by researcher panelists, and provide insights on how UNM can help overcome obstacles and maximize benefits. 

 ** You must be registered for 2B to attend this session **

Moderator:

Julia Fulghum, PhD
Director
ADVANCE UNM

 

Panelists:

Hansel Burley, PhD
Dean
College of Education and Human Sciences

Christos Christodoulou, PhD
Dean
UNM School of Engineering

Ellen Fisher, PhD
Vice President for Research
University of New Mexico

Barbara Rodriguez, PhD
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
University of New Mexico

Thomas F. Turner, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
UNM College of Arts & Sciences

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SESSION 3B
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Lightning Presentations Session: Art, Design, Community Engagement, and Broader Impacts

Four humanities, creative, and social science researchers will deliver 7-minute presentations identifying their community partners, describing the outreach activity and/or creative work, and discussing the meaningful impact of these activities on the broader community. Afterward, time will be available for speakers and the audience to answer questions and discuss how these partnerships and the activities being done now could be further developed and included in large external funding proposals to federal sponsors like the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Presenters:

David Bashwiner, PhD
Associate Professor of Music Theory

Sarita Cargas, PhD
Associate Professor, Honors College

Laura Crossey, PhD
Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Ted Jojola, PhD
Director, Indigenous Design & Planning Institute
Regents' and Distinguished Professor

Gigi Schroeder Yu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Art Education

 

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SESSION 4A

 

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Undergraduate Student Team Research Concept Competition 

Teams of undergraduate students were invited to develop interdisciplinary team research concepts to share at the Team Research Symposium. Six finalist teams will present:

  1. The research goal they wish to address
  2. A summary of the challenges associated with the research goal
  3. A description of the processes they would use to achieve their research goal
  4. A summary of how each team member could contribute to those processes.

During this session, each team will present for five minutes and answer questions for five minutes. Judges will select the winning team, which will be announced during the Awards Presentation on April 22 at 2:30 pm. 

Teams:

Impact of a green default nudge on resource conservation given UNM student patterns and different cost perception

Artificial Photosynthesis

Cross-sectional analysis of alcohol misuse and violent crime in the City of Albuquerque

 

Thursday, April 22nd

SESSION 1A
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Faculty Team Research Concept Competition Part I

Faculty looking for collaborators on research projects are invited to submit their ideas (guidelines to be announced soon) which will be voted on by the public. From these results, three projects will be selected and will be given time during this hour to break out into groups in order to begin developing implementation plans for their projects. The ideas generated from these small group discussions will be presented during Session 2A.

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SESSION 1B
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Lightning Presentations: Best Practices in Team Research 

Learn best practices for facilitating interdisciplinary team-based research. Hear from four presenters, who will each speak for 7 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions/answers.

Presentations:

Using a Multidisciplinary Approach to Assessing Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education
Lead Presenter: Heather Mechler, PhD
Director, Office of Institutional Analytics

Experience of Research Interactions Between Laser Scientists, Biologists, and Chemists to Understand Each Other
Lead Presenter: Vitaly Guzdev, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning How to Work Interdisciplinarily
Sarita Cargas, PhD
Associate Professor, Honors College

Overcoming Common Pitfalls in Teams: Three Tips for Unlocking Effective Teamwork
Lead Presenter: Trevor Spoelma, PhD
Assistant Professor, Organizational Studies

 

LP: Best Practices
Download the guide to this session here

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SESSION 1C
9:30 - 11:15 AM 

Science for Health of Indigenous Populations (SHIP) Presentations

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr's. Robert Duncan and Annette Sobel, the Science for Health of Indegenous Populations (SHIP) Prize invites applications from PhD students conducting interdisciplinary research projects centered on addressing the health disparities of indigenous populations.

This session will feature a presentation by the first recipient of this award (TBA) as well as presentations by the following guests:

Presenters:

Joseph Gone, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine
Faculty Director
Harvard University Native American Program

Karina Walters, PhD
Professor, Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar
Co-director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
University of Washington

Jalene Herron, PhD candidate
Department of Psychology
2021 SHIP Award Recipient

 

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SESSION 2A
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Faculty Team Research Concept Competition Part II

In this continuation from Session 1A, selected projects will present their plans for implementation to a panel of judges. Projects must have the potential to be utilized to solicit additional outside research funding. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony beginning at 2:30.  

** You do not need to attend Session 1A to join this session **

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SESSION 2B
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Round Table: Science for Health of Indigenous Populations (SHIP)

Following the presentations made during Session 1C, please join us for a special round table discussion addressing Indigenous health disparities and the underlying social inequities. UNM is located where Indigenous populations have lived and thrived for thousands of years, sitting on the traditional homelands of the Pueblo of Sandia. Many actions are necessary to honor the Indigenous peoples of New Mexico and to address the significant health inequities they experience. 

Moderator:
Kamilla Venner, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of New Mexico

 

Panelists:

Joseph Gone, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine
Faculty Director
Harvard University Native American Program

Karina Walters, PhD
Professor, Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar
Co-director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
University of Washington

Jalene Herron, PhD candidate
Department of Psychology
2021 SHIP Award Recipient

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS
2:00 - 2:30 PM

EFisher
Ellen R. Fisher, PhD
Vice President for Research, University of New Mexico

Dr. Ellen Fisher serves as the Vice President for Research at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and is a Professor of Chemistry.  She came to UNM in 2021 from Colorado State University (CSU) where she served as the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives (2017-2021) and the Senior Faculty Advisor (2014-2017) in the Office of the Vice President for Research.  Prior to these appointments, Prof. Fisher served as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at CSU and as the founding director of the interdisciplinary, cross-college School of Advanced Materials Discovery. 

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AWARDS CEREMONY

 

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Undergraduate and graduate student Team Research Concept competition award recipients will be announced by Associate Provost of Academic Success, Pamela Cheek, PhD

Faculty Team Research Concept Competition award recipients will be announced by Bill Stanley, PhD, Associate Provost for Faculty Success.

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For more information, contact:

Irene Gray
Program Planning Manager
UNM Interdisciplinary Science Co-op
Teams@unm.edu

 

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