Deconstructing the silo

CHHS faculty meet, greet in high gear, seek possible collaboration

From left: Sherrill Morris, Lin Shi, Prisca Collins and Christine Clemente Dos Santos.

From left: Sherrill Morris, Lin Shi, Prisca Collins and Christine Clemente Dos Santos.

The NIU College of Health and Human Sciences held a research networking event to kick off the new academic year.

The event was be based on a “speed networking” format, where groups of up to six faculty members from CHHS had two minutes to discuss their research interests, share information sheets containing their contact information and briefly discuss ideas for collaboration.

After the allotted time, the faculty members moved onto their next assigned group. When the event was completed, all 37 faculty members in attendance heard about the research interests of every other faculty member.

CHHS is excited to see what interdisciplinary collaboration will grow from this event, said Jim Ciesla, CHHS associate dean for Research and Resources.

“In the College of Health and Human Sciences, as in many academic settings, faculty tend to be siloed in their academic disciplines,” Ciesla said. “The purpose of our event is to encourage faculty to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines.”

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