discovery across disciplines

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 12 – 2 p.m.

Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Many intellectual, social, and practical problems transcend the scope of a single field of study. Creative solutions to these types of complex problems often require the integration of multiple perspectives, methods and concepts. The centers and institutes at the University of Minnesota provide opportunities for researchers to collaborate across disciplines, and to seek the answers to some of the world’s toughest challenges.

The Discovery Across Disciplines showcase will highlight the exciting and engaging work of more than 60 of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes.

Take time to connect with others across campus who share your research and scholarly interests at this poster-session-style event. Browse the exhibits, interact with researchers, network with colleagues, and learn about opportunities for involvement in interdisciplinary inquiry. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty new to the University within the past few years are especially encouraged to attend.

Members of the Twin Cities business, government and nonprofit community are also invited to explore the ways in which their organizations might benefit from University resources and expertise. Partnerships between the University’s centers and institutes and the local community have resulted in countless discoveries and breakthrough research (see sidebar).

This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. Convenient parking is available in the East River Parkway Garage or the Weisman Art Museum Garage. For more information, contact field001@umn.edu, 612-625-6532. 

Exhibiting Centers and Institutes

Advanced Research in Language Acquisition, Center for
Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, Center for
Advanced Study, Institute for
Aging, Center on/Minnesota Geriatric Education Center
Bioethics, Center for
Biophysical Technology Center, The
Biorefining, Center for
Characterization Facility
Clean Energy Resource Teams
Cognitive Sciences, Center for
Community Integration, Institute on
Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office
Design in Health, Center for
Digital Technology Center
Early Modern History, Center for
Engineering in Medicine, Institute for
Environment, Institute on the
Forest Products Management Development Institute
Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
Global Change, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of
Global Studies, Institute for
Graduate School, The
Health Disparities Research, Program in
Health Informatics, Institute for
Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center
Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPrime)
Informatics Institute, University of Minnesota
Integrative Leadership, Center for
LacCore National Lacustrine Core Facility
Large Lakes Observatory
Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, Consortium on
Limnological Research Center
Masonic Cancer Center
Mathematics and its Applications, Institute for
Medical Devices Center
Medieval Studies, Center for
Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center
Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics
Minnesota Nano Center
Minnesota Obesity Center
Minnesota Population Center
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
Molecular Virology, Institute for
Natural Resources Research Institute
Neurobehavioral Development, Center for
Orphan Drug Research, Center for
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center
Philosophy of Science, Minnesota Center for
Premodern World, Consortium for the Study of
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Rock Magnetism, Institute for
Spirituality and Healing, Center for
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health
Technological Leadership Institute
Therapeutics Discovery and Development, Institute for
Translational Medicine, Center for
Translational Neuroscience, Institute for
Translational Research in Children's Mental Health, Institute for
Transportation Studies, Center for
University Economic Development, Office of
University Libraries
University of Minnesota Tourism Center
Unversity Imaging Centers
Urban and Regional Affairs, Center for
Water Resources Center

Sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research

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Learn about the exciting discoveries and partnerships of many of the University's research centers and institutes, including those featured below:


A Better Solution for MN Roads

Center for Transportation Studies

U of M Researchers through the Center for Transportation Studies recently partnered with MnDOT and the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota to develop a new concrete pavement design tool. The new designs – developed specifically for Minnesota road conditions – last longer and cost less. MnDOT made this the state's official concrete design program in 2014.


Measuring Well-Being

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare


The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
was recruited by Anu Family Services to develop the Well-being Indicator Tool for Youth. Designed for youth aged 15-21 years who currently are in or in the past have had contact with the child welfare system, this tool helps them explore, understand and improve their well-being across domains such as safety and security, mental health, and sense of purpose.


Mining Opinions with Math

Institute for Mathematics and its Applications

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, in partnership with Ford Motor Company, is developing machine learning techniques to perform sentiment analysis, or opinion mining, of customer reviews, which helps companies understand the attitude and impressions the public has about their products.

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