Dr. Michael O’Rourke, Michigan State University, Tools for Effective Collaboration: The Collaboration Tool Box—Part One: Tools to Meet the Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research (October 25, 2018)

Thursday, October 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tools for Effective Collaboration: The Collaboration Tool Box—Part One: Tools to Meet the Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research
Michael O’Rourke, Michigan State University

This webinar provides an introduction to the challenges that confront interdisciplinary researchers. O’Rourke will describe integration as a key interdisciplinary objective (see O’Rourke et al. 2016, DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.10.003). Integration is associated with a range of obstacles for researchers. He will focus specifically on communication obstacles that arise in the context of interdisciplinary research, discussing a range of tools that can be used to enhance the prospects of success in complex, cross-disciplinary research environments. The webinar recording will be posted soon.

  • Michael O’Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch and Environmental Science & Policy at Michigan State University. He is Interim Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (http://c4i.msu.edu/) and Director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research (http://tdi.msu.edu/). His research interests include epistemology, communication and epistemic integration in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and linguistic communication between intelligent agents.

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