Week Ending Nov 18, 2016

calgary‘Legal Oceanographer’ Contributes to Oil Pollution Preparedness in Canada’s Arctic
UToday – Nov 15, 2016
Alberta is one of only two Canadian provinces not adjacent to one of Canada’s three vast coastlines. Despite being landlocked, the University of Calgary is a key player in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research focusing on improving knowledge of oil pollution preparedness and response. Collaborative research in Calgary is being funded by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network — a national network of academic researchers and students, government scientists, and private and community partners working together to reduce vulnerability and strengthen opportunity in Canada’s marine environment. A key consideration in the study is how well the results of scientific research are integrated into the regulation and governance of spill response in Canada, including in the changing Arctic. Professor Anna-Maria Hubert, at the Faculty of Law, points out that “as shipping and other marine activities increase in Arctic waters, scientific knowledge will play an essential guiding role for filling gaps in the existing legal regime, and in determining best practices for marine oil spill response.”

arizonaConfluencenter Aims to Create Interdisciplinary Partnerships
The Daily Wildcat – Nov 16, 2016
From film to scientific studies and languages to paintings, the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona promotes interdisciplinary research and collaboration in order to address serious issues in today’s society. Formed in 2010, the Confluencenter has thus far given out more than $2.2 million in funding and supported around 250 projects, including the documentary “Focusing the Universe,” a short history of the Steward Observatory created by Michael Mulcahy, associate professor of theatre, film and television, and Peter Beudert, distinguished professor. Mulcahy said the idea for the film came from the pair’s shared interest in history. They reached out to the Confluencenter because they got funding for a separate film from the center a few years ago and because Beudert was a founding member. That connection is what the Confluencenter aims to facilitate. Their mission is to support interdisciplinary collaborations, foster research and creative activity and allow faculty to make connections across colleges.

anne-walshInterdisciplinary Artist Anne Walsh Discusses Art in the Context of a Trump Presidency
The Bowdoin Orient – Nov 11, 2016
Thursday night, interdisciplinary artist Anne Walsh gave a talk that she revamped the day before in response to the unexpected election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. In an interview hours before her talk, she admitted that “life got in the way” of her plans for the talk when Trump won on Tuesday. “I felt that it was so irrelevant for me to go across the country and pull out my slideshow and go, ‘Here’s my work,’” Walsh said. “And then I was leaving and … I thought about how I could curate a selection of pieces to show today that would allow me to say something I wouldn’t have otherwise thought about.” She hoped that in her talk she would be able to say “Here’s how I can move forward, here’s where I’m going to find my faith, and here’s where I’m going to draw courage from to endure.” The project has become like a hall of mirrors that explores what it means for humans to adapt and translate art.

nc-stateTheatre Stems Interdisciplinary Experience
Technician – Nov 16, 2016
Despite a lack of students studying performing arts such as music or theater at NC State, University Theatre flourishes — a result of the student body’s enthusiasm. According to a survey of University Theatre, engineering and communication tie as the most popular majors among students involved in the theater. The differences and similarities between STEM and the arts creates an interdisciplinary experience which helps students improve their acting or their approach to their majors. Nicole Hiemenz, a first-year engineering student, wants to study textile engineering or material science due to her experience with costume design throughout high school. As an actress in “Gross Indecency” and a member of the crew in “An Ideal Husband,” Hiemenz explains how the University Theatre’s Open Door Series has given students like her an opportunity to participate in operating lighting and creating costumes. “A lot of what I’m learning in my physics class right now is actually transferring over into the lighting section since there’s a lot of science behind how electricity works and how sound works,” Hiemenz said. “In physics, I got a background on the human audible hearing range and stuff like that, and then I was able to actually apply it to something in the theater the very next day, with how a microphone works.”

vanderbilt‘Origami’ Rapid Malaria Test Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Research News at Vanderbilt– Nov 15, 2016
An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Vanderbilt University headed by Stevenson Professor of Chemistry David Wright has designed a new kind of rapid diagnostic test for malaria that has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant which is designed to support innovative global health and development research projects. It is one of 56 such grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The innovative aspect of the “Origami Diagnostics to Accelerate Malaria Elimination” project is its use of “paper microfluidics” to produce a malaria test that is one hundred times more sensitive than commercially available tests while retaining the low cost and simplicity required for real world application.“In order to eradicate malaria, we must be capable of detecting the individuals that carry the malaria parasite but don’t show any symptoms,” said Wright.