Presentation Title

Interdisciplinary Research in STEM

Location

BUL149

Start Date

8-16-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

8-16-2018 12:20 PM

Description

Interdisciplinary research draws on the strengths of researchers in different academic areas; however, it also presents unique challenges. In this session, Shandelle Henson (mathematics), James Hayward (biology), and Oystein LaBianca (anthropology) will share how they collaborate effectively. They will provide insights for researchers who wish to begin interdisciplinary research as well as for those who want to improve their current interdisciplinary efforts.

Biography

Shandelle Henson is a professor of mathematics with a PhD from the University of Tennessee. She is both an applied mathematician and ecologist. Shandelle uses dynamical systems theory to describe, explain, and predict the dynamics of ecological systems and animal behavior. She involves undergraduate and graduate students in every aspect of her research through the interdisciplinary Seabird Ecology Team, a research group funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jim Hayward is Research Professor Emeritus in the Biology Department. Jim received his PhD in zoology from Washington State University. He teaches General Ecology, Issues in Origins and Speciation, and a senior seminar course on research methods and bioethics. Hayward has investigated the communication, habitat selection and reproductive success of gulls. He co-directs the interdisciplinary Seabird Ecology Team, which develops mathematical models to forecast the behavioral ecology of marine animals. He also experimentally evaluates physical and chemical processes that promote eggshell fossilization in avian and non-avian dinosaurs. Hayward's research has been funded by grants from Sigma Xi, The American Museum of Natural History, Andrews University, and the National Science Foundation.

Oystein LaBianca is a professor of anthropology and is the Associate Director of the Institute of Archaeology, where he is active with the Madaba Plains Projects. Sten has a PhD in Anthropology from Brandeis University.

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Aug 16th, 10:00 AM Aug 16th, 12:20 PM

Interdisciplinary Research in STEM

BUL149

Interdisciplinary research draws on the strengths of researchers in different academic areas; however, it also presents unique challenges. In this session, Shandelle Henson (mathematics), James Hayward (biology), and Oystein LaBianca (anthropology) will share how they collaborate effectively. They will provide insights for researchers who wish to begin interdisciplinary research as well as for those who want to improve their current interdisciplinary efforts.