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Missed the Closing Innovation Forum Summit: Reinventing the University?

March 21, 2012 Comments off

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Missed the “Scientific Innovation in the Age of Globalization” Panel?

March 20, 2012 Comments off

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Missed the Opening Forum Event, “Fostering Innovation in Organizations”?

March 15, 2012 Comments off

Innovation Forum Recaps: Fostering Scientific Innovation in the Age of Globalization

March 12, 2012 Comments off

Fostering Scientific Innovation in the Age of Globalization

Written by Stacy Schultz

On this last day of UW Bothell’s Innovation Forum, current and former UW provosts, along with university professors and a local business leader came together to discuss the future of scientific innovation in the age of globalization. In his presentation, J. Rogers Hollingsworth, a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and History at the University of Wisconsin, discussed the value of researchers working together across disciplines.

Often scientists in different fields do not recognize they are addressing similar problems, he said. For example, researchers across disciplines are exploring the structure of complex networks. This is the case in work on neural networks, genes, transportation hubs, and international banking. It is also the case in research focused on properties of binding, which have implications from chemistry to nation building.

“There are these central problems,” he said. “We can use these common models and methods and really work together across different fields to generate new knowledge.”

To better facilitate communication across disciplines, Hollingsworth favors small research institutions that work alongside larger universities. “We need a new kind of research institution that is truly global,” he said.

UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce said she thought UW Bothell has an opportunity to be innovative in ways that more long-term established university campuses may not. “To me what is exciting about UW Bothell is that it is able to develop without an infrastructure that has been inherited,” she said.

She said one exciting area is the interdisciplinary use of campus buildings. “The crossroads are where innovations happen,” she said. “We are thinking about buildings in terms of function, not discipline.”

UW Bothell Interdisciplinary arts and sciences professor Alan Wood noted that when organizations get bigger, they develop less tolerance for risk. Thomas Clement, CEO of both Cardiac Insight Inc., and Aqueduct, agreed that with growth comes a reluctance to fail. “As organizations grow, they do get risk averse,” he said. “When you get bigger, big mistakes can be fatal.”

Former UW President Lee Huntsman offered some benefits of large universities. “We go to a lot of trouble to hire individuals who are brilliant, highly motivated, and hard to manage,” he said. “We give them the keys to the institution and then we get out of the way. In the macro sense, that works well.”

He also said there are advantages to the “greater menu of disciplines” within a large university. “I think of a university as a collection of small organizations,” he said. “It is like a holding company.”

Hollingsworth cautioned that future research programs should invest in basic science as well as applied research. “Many of the major innovations that we have today didn’t exist 40 – 50 years ago,” he said. “There were fundamental discoveries in science done decades ago that no one anticipated their impact.”

One audience member asked about the challenge of involving students in innovative research when many come to the classroom unprepared for high level science and math.

Cauce said that students are crucial to trans-disciplinary work. “They are like the bees that cross-pollinate,” she said. At the same time, she acknowledged that introductory science classes are often not engaging enough to students who are required to take the courses, but may not see why they need to know the material. This is an area where the university could do more, she said.

Clement suggested allowing people to learn in different ways. “It can’t be a cookie cutter approach,” he said. “You have to figure out how to get people curious.”

Hollingsworth said new technologies are going to revolutionize education. In the future, he cannot imagine that instruction will be like it is today, especially with the use of video. “Courses can be shared across the globe,” he said. “I can imagine a professor teaching hundreds of thousands of students.”

Reflecting on the First Annual UW Bothell Innovation Forum

March 2, 2012 Comments off

Now that the first annual Innovation Forum is behind us, I sat down one morning after the dust had settled and tried to boil down what I had taken away from the whole experience.  The first feeling I have is appreciation for the amazing work done by the planning committee: Dinah Aldrich, Melissa Arias, Peggy Brown, Ann Cox, Lauren Dun, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Mat Lam, and Linda Taylor.  They were a dream team and a joy to work with.  The credit for such a marvelous event belongs to them.  The second feeling is gratitude for the community of staff, faculty, and students that together make up this wonderful campus, many of whom contributed their expertise and energy to exploring innovation in all its manifestations.  Thank you!

Then I thought of a stunningly un-innovative way of condensing my own take-aways from this past year of reading and listening into a short frame: a top-ten list of what organizations might do to foster innovation.  So here it is:

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Innovation Forum Day 3 Schedule

February 15, 2012 Comments off

11:30am-1:00pm On the Ceiling Exhibition Viewing @ North Creek Events Center

On the Ceiling is an exhibition of student work created as a visual response project, inspired by the novel Au Plafond (On the Ceiling) by Eric Chevillard.  The images will be on display throughout the Innovation Forum week.

12:00pm-1:30pm TIC Talk Series: Innovative Approaches to Geographic Information Science @Rose Room

Innovative Approaches to Geographic Information Science (GISc) features brief research presentations by Prof. Jin-Kyu Jung and Prof. Santiago Lopez, followed by a panel discussion on the emerging field of Geographic Information Science (GISc).

Light refreshments included.

1:30pm-3:00pm 22 Ways to be More Sustainable @ UW2-305

The Sustainability Organization at UWB is proud to present Sabrina Combs, Joy Johnston, and Janet Gear from the city of Bothell who will be giving a presentation on “22 Easy Ways To Be More Sustainable”. This presentations is based on a program developed by the Mercer Island Green Ribbon Commission to promote easy steps we can all take to live well without having a big impact. After the presentation the Sustainability Organization and guest speakers will have a tabling event featuring specific ways to be more sustainable with green giveaways.

Light refreshments included.

4:00pm-5:30pm Zines: Alternative Knowledge and Media Production in the Academy @ the Truly House

Ari Roy and Heath Davis will discuss their experience using zines as an alternative and supplement to traditional written papers in an academic setting. In addition, they will also talk about their zine work and its links to possibilities for civic engagement outside of the academy. Nora Mukaihata, archives and library manager with Zine Archives and Publishing Project (ZAPP) in Seattle, will provide a community organization perspective and talk about ZAPP as a cultural site and highlight some of the work they have done.

Light refreshments included.

6:00pm-7:00pm Representation of the Marginal in Bollywood and its “Others” @ North Creek Events Center

Presentation by Prof. Alka Kurian on how Bollywood movies have contributed to a critique of right-wing activities in India but at the risk of needlessly over-simplifying a complex problem, raising larger issues of the responsibility of media in general.

Light refreshments included.

7:30pm-10:00pm Bollywood Movie Night: “Delhi Belly” @ North Creek Events Center

Bollywood movie night for students and the UW Bothell community, sponsored by the UW Bothell Alumni Council.

Delhi Belly (2011): Three young and somewhat clueless flatmates get involved in the shady and dangerous business belonging to one roomie’s fiancee. Each buddy manages to make things worse until they discover that a global crime syndicate is gunning for them.

Pizza, popcorn, and candy will be provided.

Check out the full Innovation Forum schedule here!

Innovation Forum Day 2 Schedule

February 14, 2012 Comments off

10:45-11:45am Exploring Creativity Through Games @ UW1-103

We speak about “playing games” in our day-to-day lives, whether we refer to actual games or whether we refer metaphorically to a mode of conduct. However, who do we mean when we say, “she” is winning or “he” likes playing games? When does the game become the “player?”

In this presentation by Prof. Nicole Calian we will engage two philosophers from different time periods, namely Immanuel Kant and Hans-Georg Gadamer, to address this question.

Light refreshments included.

12:00pm-1:30pm TIC Talk Series: Increasing Engagement and Learning in STEM Education @ Rose Room

Increasing Engagement and Learning in STEM Education features brief research presentations, followed by a panel discussion about innovative teaching methods to foster student success in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Presentations include: “Science Teaching for Diverse Learners” by Prof. Carrie Tzou, “Game-Themed Introductory Programming Project” by Prof. Kelvin Sung, and “Interactive Visualizations to Enhance Student Learning” by Prof. Robin Angotti.

Light refreshments included.

1:30pm-3:00pm On the Ceiling Exhibition Discussion @ North Creek Events Center

On the Ceiling is an exhibition of student work created as a visual response project, inspired by the novel Au Plafond (On the Ceiling) by Éric Chevillard. The images will be on display throughout Innovation Forum week. Professor Hiebert and student exhibitors will discuss the project at this session.

In the novel, one of the distinguishing features of the main character is that he wears a chair upside-down on his head — both an absurdist gesture and a creative horizon from which the story itself unfolds.

For the project, students were challenged to take a picture of someone wearing a chair, incorporating the spirit of engagement into the process. The intent was to initiate dialogue among participants – as a space for whimsical speculation and creative rethinking of performance and representation.

Light Refreshments Included.

5:00pm-6:30pm Innovation Squared: Why Innovations in Technology Require Innovations in Ethics @ Rose Room

Innovations in science and technology can enable human beings to do entirely new things. But the possibilities they create may leave us unsure about what is the right thing to do. In this one-and-a-half hour panel discussion led by Prof. Gwen Ottinger, researchers from diverse disciplines:

•give examples of cutting edge technology that is creating new ethical dilemmas;

•explain why our current best thinking about ethics cannot fully resolve them; and

•sketch out the ethical innovations needed to act well in the context of rapid technological advance.

Light refreshments included.

6:00pm-8:00pm Theater of Situations @ North Creek Events Center

Theater of Situations is a mixed media presentation, exhibit, demonstration and game participation event, devised by IAS Professor Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren and students in the course, Theatre of Situations: Games as Workshop, Games as Performance during Winter Quarter.

The program begins with an introduction to and demonstration of creativity, improvisation, and games. The second part is an opportunity to try out discipline-specific games (Nursing, Computing, Business and Global Studies) created and run by the students. The third part is a campus-wide game called Theater of Situations. Audience members can watch a live video stream of the game in North Creek Events Center, follow the student teams around campus as they race to complete the relay, or participate in a side event called “Eccentric Showcase” that will occur at the same time.

Check out the full Innovation Forum schedule here!