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INFORMATION SESSION

Microbiome Research Workshop

2:00pm Tuesday, June 28 | The Commons
Sponsored by KU Research

This workshop will explore avenues for collaboration and highlight funding opportunities for investigators seeking to support microbiome research. Announced this May, the President’s National Microbiome Initiative fosters the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems. Microbiomes, which have been called biology’s “dark matter,” encompass the communities of organisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere and help maintain healthy function of these diverse ecosystems. Microbiome dysfunction can adversely affect these ecosystems, causing issues such as chronic human disease, ecological disruptions and reduced agricultural productivity. Since improved DNA-sequencing techniques have only recently enabled highly sensitive microbiomes studies, relatively little is known about their compositions, maintenance and functions. Significant research challenges include improved data-collection techniques, managing and interpreting the resulting large datasets, and developing standardized methodologies that allow efficient sharing and data comparisons. The National Microbiome Initiative seeks to advance understanding of microbiome behavior to enable effective microbiome management and manipulation. Top concerns include supporting interdisciplinary research, developing platform technologies, and expanding the microbiome workforce. Current and anticipated microbiome research funding across a variety of disciplines and sponsors will be discussed.

POSTER SESSION

KU Summer Undergraduate Research

10:00am-12:00pm Friday, July 29 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research

Summer undergraduate research at KU is particularly exciting, as current KU students are joined by students from across the globe from a variety of undergraduate institutions. Undergraduate students undertaking summer research or creative projects on the KU campus will present their projects in poster format at the KU Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session. This event is free and open to the public. Interested students may register to present online: http://ugresearch.ku.edu/summer-undergraduate-research-poster-session-registration.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 33

4:00pm Friday, September 9 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 34: Health/care

4:00pm Friday, September 23 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

SYMPOSIUM

The Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium

October 20-21, 2016 | The Commons
Supported by an Interdisciplinary Starter Grant

The University of Kansas is convening a symposium that assembles internationally recognized thought leaders on the subject of critical engagement. These practitioners and their work are presented at conferences, through exhibits, and in literature.

Our symposium seeks to investigate the theoretical underpinnings of such work and translate these action-based community engagement efforts into interdisciplinary and theoretically-based scholarship. We will convene this group of scholars in order to establish a framework for the critical inquiry and review of the public impact of socially engaged discourse and design. The symposium will gather a group of scholars, practitioners, critics, and historians to discuss different aspects, forms, and features of social engagement that have developed across time and regions.

Additional information on the symposium, submission, calendar of events, registration, and organizers can be found at: http://sse2016.wix.com/socialenagementku

This symposium and the research it supports are led by Joe Colistra, Architecture; Martha Rabanni, Peace & Conflict Studies; Jeremy Shellhorn, Design; Amanda Schwegler, Center for Civic & Social Responsibility; and Andi Witczak, Service Learning at K-State Olathe.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 35: New Applications of Network Science

4:00pm Friday, November 4 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

FACULTY EVENT

Red Hot Research No. 36

4:00pm Friday, December 2 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.