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Vice President for Research - Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Workshop Series

As the pace of scientific discovery and innovation accelerates, there is an urgent cultural need to reflect thoughtfully about these epic changes and challenges. The challenges of the 21st century require new interdisciplinary collaborations…  -William Grassie

What is the IDR Workshop Series?

An 8-session series of interactive discussions during the 2011-12 academic year.

The IDR series builds support to grow UMaine’s interdisciplinary research strength through the following goals:

  • Promote interdisciplinary research on campus and highlight new research opportunities
  • Support campus-wide education to share experiences and strength across multiple research arenas and themes
  • Create new opportunities to network across disciplines
  • Enhance UMaine’s ability to garner interdisciplinary research funding from a variety of sources

Who is it for?

All faculty, researchers, students, and employees at UMaine and other campus are invited to join the conversation.

When is it being held?

(Mark these dates in your calendar and join us!)

Spring 2012

January 26 (Wednesday) 12-1:30pm

LOCATION Room 57 Stodder Hall

What are the ways UMaine can support IDR? What are the challenges? Bring ideas to share as part of the strategic planning effort for UMaine. Linda Silka and Laura Lindenfeld will facilitate this listening session.

Register by January 23 by emailing: or calling: 581-3439

February 23 (Thursday) 2-3:30pm- CANCELLED

LOCATION  Bangor Room, Memorial Union

IDR and Peer Committees (rescheduled from December). Led by Mary Madden and Susan Gardner.  [Session has been cancelled] Email or call with questions: or  581-3439

February PDF

March 23 (Friday) 12-1:30pm

LOCATION Bangor Room, Memorial Union

Come see how IDR is being done at UMaine, connect with others, and explore future ways to get involved. Please register by March 19 by calling 581-3439 or

Word Flyer

May 3 (Thursday) Time-TBA

John Saltmarsh from UMass-Boston will present and lead a discussion about University and community engagement.

Where is it?

Most sessions will be held in Bangor Room in the Memorial Union (Jan 26 is in Room 57 Stodder Hall)


More information… 

There will be networking time to meet other researchers and share with peers

**Graduate students and faculty will receive a certificate and a chance to win a free technology gift for attending 6/8 sessions-you must register in advance or sign in at the session in order for us to keep an accurate record**

Questions? For more information: Paul Anderson – Director, Maine Sea Grant, 581-1435 or

Sponsored By

The University Research Council Subcommittee on Interdisciplinary Research

ADVANCE-Rising Tide Center

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment

Fogler Library

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Maine Sea Grant

Maine Studies Program

Sustainability Solutions Initiative 

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

Further reading

Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures: A Model of Strength and Sustainability”                      by Julie Thompson Klein

“Five Arguments Against Interdisciplinary Studies” by Thomas C. Benson, and “The Case for Interdisciplinary Studies” by William H. Newell TwoArticles (PDF)

Fall 2011 Sessions

September 9 (Friday) 12-1:30pm – “Challenges to Interdisciplinary Research and Lessons Learned” with introductory remarks from President Ferguson and a panel including: Susan Gardner, Teresa Johnson, Owen Smith, Hemant Pendse, Liam Riordan, & Gayle Zydlewski -Moderated by Paul Anderson

Agenda (Word)      Flyer (PDF)

October 6 (Thursday) 2-3:30pm – LOCATION CHANGE: WELLS Rm 1

“The Administrative and Fiscal Organization of UMaine” with opening remarks from Michael Eckardt, VP for Research, and Presenters Susan J. Hunter, Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Janet Waldron, VP for Finance and Administration.

To register: Email or call 581-3472

Flyer (PDF)

If you were unable to attend: Presentation 10.6.11 (PDF)

November 4 (Friday) 12-1:30pm – Bangor Room, Memorial Union

“Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs – A User’s Guide (what works and what doesn’t)”

A panel with Tina Passman, Noel March, Laura Lindenfeld, Hollie Smith, Carol Kim, Kristin Gabor, Scott Delcourt, and Kurt Rademaker. Moderated by Dan Sandweiss.

To register Email or call 581-3472

Flyer (PDF)

December 8 RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 20, 2012

(Thursday) 2-3:30pm – Bangor Room, Memorial Union

The fourth and final event of Fall 2011

“Interdisciplinary Research and Peer Committees”

With Associate Professor Susan Gardner and Rising Tide Director Mary Madden

To register by December 5,  Email or call 581-3472

Flyer (PDF)


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