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07.6.2020

OVPR Welcomes 29 Faculty to Research Collaboration Catalysts 2020-2021 Cohort

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Twenty-nine faculty members will participate in the Research Collaboration Catalysts 2020-2021 cohort, designed to train the next generation of research team leaders.

The Research Collaboration Catalysts program is based on Team Science principles. Using evidence-based training, tools, and resources, participating Iowa State faculty will develop strong leadership skills and learn how to manage challenges that are specific to interdisciplinary collaborations to foster high-performing research teams. To participate, tenured, tenure-eligible, and research term faculty had to be nominated by their supervisors as individuals who have demonstrated potential to lead future high-impact interdisciplinary research teams.

Through the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, cohort participants will interact with each other and with a variety of internal and external content experts in eight sessions to learn about and practice evidence-based means to build and lead high-functioning, high-performing research teams. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Proactively defining roles and navigating conflict;
  • Enhancing communication among team members from different disciplines;
  • Negotiating credit and authorship; and
  • Planning for large interdisciplinary research proposals.

Many of the discussions will be introduced and led by experts and leaders in Team Science, including Christophe Marchand, Ph.D. and Kara Hall, Ph.D. — both of the National Institutes of Health — Hannah Love, Ph.D., Colorado State; and in organizational behavior, Janine Porck, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.

“Interdisciplinary research that yields high-impact results is spearheaded by effective leaders who have the skills to bring diverse teams together to collaborate and explore new solutions to common societal challenges,” said Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State associate vice president for research. “We believe the program we have created for Research Collaboration Catalysts will help grow more effective team leaders who can guide transformative research teams to greater discovery and innovation.”

Participants in the Research Collaboration Catalysts 2020-2021 cohort include:

  • Long Qi, associate scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • Ryan Richard, associate scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • Hongwei Zhang, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jodi McGill, assistant professor, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine
  • Kristin Rozier, assistant professor, Aerospace Engineering
  • Aaron Sadow, professor and Ames Lab associate, Ames Laboratory
  • Geetu Tuteja, associate professor, Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
  • Michelle Soupir, associate professor, Agricultural Biosystems Engineering
  • Amanda Kreuder, assistant professor, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine
  • Jean-Phillipe Tessonnier, associate professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Lin Zhou, associate scientist, adjunct faculty – Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Laboratory
  • Kaoru Ikuma, assistant professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Adina Howe, assistant professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Cary Pint, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Michael Dorneich, associate professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • EunHa (Lena) Jeong, assistant professor, Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
  • Ashley Buss, assistant professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Chunhui Xiang, assistant professor, Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
  • Johanna Amaya Leal, assistant professor, Supply Chain Management
  • Gül Kremer, professor and C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen department chair, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Julie Irish, assistant professor, Interior Design
  • Emma M.H. White, associate scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • Ann Gansemer-Topf, associate professor, School of Education
  • Carolyn J. Lawrence-Dill, professor, Agronomy
  • Carlos Cardoso, associate professor and director of graduate education, Industrial Design
  • Larysa Nadolny, associate professor, School of Education
  • Alenka Poplin, assistant professor, Community and Regional Planning
  • Guowen Song, associate professor, Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
  • Stephen Gilbert, associate professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering