The University Record, September 17, 1997

Five interdisciplinary projects involving more than 85 faculty receive funding

By Jane R. Elgass

Nine projects involving more than 85 faculty members and students across campus have received funding for Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars. The funded projects are comprised of innovative seminars and colloquia designed to foster collaboration and new research. The program is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The projects, lead faculty members and collaborating units are:


"Cognition in the Wild: Methods for Studying Complex Cognitive Tasks." Colleen M. Seifert, associate professor of psychology, with participation from graduate programs in anthropology, combined program in psychology and education, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience, culture and cognition, artificial intelligence, complex systems, linguistics and information.


An expanded seminar program in the Biophysics Research Division, which provides a setting for innovative research in the area connecting physics, biology, chemistry and the medical sciences. Richard A. Goldstein, assistant professor of chemistry, with faculty and students from chemistry, physics, biological chemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology and immunology, chemical engineering and the College of Pharmacy.


"The Postcolonial Seminar: Literature, Disciplines and Institutions." Simon Gikandi, professor of English, and Aamir Mufti, instructor in English, with participation by individuals from comparative literature, history, anthropology, sociology, history of art, music, philosophy, classics, Asian studies and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.


"Tropical Ecosystems: Global Resource and Management Issues." Lisa Curran, assistant professor of ecology and environmental biology and of biology, with individuals from anthropology, political science, psychology, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, School of Public Health, Institute for Social Research, Center for Latin American Studies and Center for Southeast and South Asian Studies.


"Seminar on Interdisciplinary Research on Violence across the Lifespan." Daniel G. Saunders, associate professor of social work, with individuals from psychology, nursing, sociology, law, public health and anthropology.


"Gender, Politics, Society and Culture: Comparing Poland and the United States." David G. Winter, professor of psychology, with participation by individuals from graduate programs in political science, sociology, history, women's studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Law School and Institute for Research on Women and Gender.


"Quantitative and Statistical Genetics Seminar Series." Sally A. Camper, associate professor of human genetics and associate research scientist, Reproductive Sciences Program, with collaborators from biostatistics, genetics and the Genome Science Training Program.


An interdisciplinary conference on "The Rhetorics and Rituals of (Un)Veiling." Valerie J. Traub, associate professor of English and of women's studies, with involvement of faculty and graduate students from history of art, romance languages, history, German and musicology.


"Special Seminar Series on Statistics for Engineering and Technology." Vijayan N. Nair, professor of statistics and of industrial and operations engineering, with participation also from individuals in mechanical engineering.