When Disciplines Collide: Pulling Back the Curtain on an Interdisciplinary Team

Online Event

April 7, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Join us to learn more about the nitty gritty of interdisciplinary collaborations. This series of discussions is based on the experiences of teams of researchers working on an NSF-Advancing Informal STEM Learning Project: Convergent Learning from Divergent Perspectives. In the second panel discussion, researchers who have participated in an interdisciplinary team will discuss how they have built a high-functioning team, the process of finding an advisory team from outside the university, and negotiating potentially contentious topics of publications and communication. Come and hear about some of the foundations to building and sustaining a successful interdisciplinary team. Project website: https://u.osu.edu/colearn/


  • Sathya Gopalakrishnan, Associate Professor, Lead PI, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
  • Rachel Kajfez, Assistant Professor, Co-PI, Department of Engineering Education
  • Justin Meyer, Research Associate, Center for Science and Industry (COSI), Co-PI
  • Julia Armstrong, Program Director OHI/O, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Charlene Brenner, Program Director, The STEAM Factory, Office of Research
  • Dolly Hayde, Center for Science and Industry (COSI), Senior Personnel
  • Joe Heimlich, Center for Science and Industry (COSI), Project Advisor
  • Meris Longmeier, Associate Professor, Senior Personnel, University Libraries
  • Eamon McDonough, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Milly Mason, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Katherine O’Brien, Postdoctoral Fellow, Museum of Biological Diversity
  • Renee Pelan, Graduate Research Associate, Department of Engineering Education

The panel will be moderated by Meris Longmeier, Associate Professor in University Libraries.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students
When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021  from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Zoom (a personalized Zoom link will be included in the registration confirmation email)


If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email libevents@osu.edu as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.