Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 13, September 14, 2012
   

Workshop on Sustainability Research Across Disciplines Sept. 22

Researchers interested in interdisciplinary collaboration on environmental and sustainability problems are invited to a one-day workshop hosted by the Rensselaer Interdisciplinary Excellence in Sustainability Studies Task Force on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Russell Sage Laboratory room 5101. Lunch will be provided. Interested researchers are asked to RSVP to Professor Kim Fortun at fortuk@rpi.edu. Space is limited.

The workshop will be followed by a series of lunch meetings to continue the discussion and build a base for interdisciplinary research on sustainability at Rensselaer.

The task force was convened by Mary Simoni, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, with the goal of developing strength and a signature identity for Rensselaer in sustainability studies. The task force has identified potential for interdisciplinary collaboration as a notable strength at Rensselaer, which it will work to cultivate.

During the workshop, select researchers will present short papers describing their research, with time for discussion. Presenters will briefly describe the focus and key methods of the discipline in which they work, how their discipline writ large has engaged sustainability issues, their own current and planned projects, and their sense of the need and potential for interdisciplinary collaboration in sustainability studies, said Kim Fortun, chair of the task force, and a professor of science and technology studies.

The task force includes: Philippe Baveye, Kodak Chair of Environmental Engineering; Robert Chernow, vice provost for entrepreneurship; Faye Duchin, professor of economics; Kim Fortun, professor of science and technology studies (chair); Peter Fox, Tetherless World Constellation chair and professor of earth and environmental sciences and computer science; Jose Holguin-Veras, William Howard Hart Chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering; Abby Kinchy, assistant professor of science and technology studies; Michael Mascarenhas, assistant professor of science and technology studies; Mark Mistur, associate professor and associate dean of architecture; and Shengbai Zhang, Gail and Jeffrey L. Kodosky ’70 Senior Constellation Professor of Physics, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship.

Lunch meetings will be held at the Terra Café on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dates are: Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, and Nov. 14.

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