Research Events in Winter 2013 – Mark your calendar now

Welcome to the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies blog.  I will use this blog to discuss and inform you of happenings in ORGS as well as issues related to research and graduate studies.  I will attempt to make regular weekly posts and I encourage your comments as well as suggestions for blog topics.

With the end of term upon us, and while we are all looking forward to a much deserved break, we are already planning for the upcoming term.  The winter term will be a busy time for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.  In the new year, we will be starting a couple of new initiatives that I am hoping you will enjoy.

The “Campus Colloquium” will feature monthly research presentations by various faculty.  The format will be such that it will encourage discussion and engagement of the audience.  The colloquium will be held 12:30 -1:15 the second Friday of each month.  Speakers & titles will be announced early in the new year.

The second initiative will be a series of “Research Dialogues”.  These dialogues will be a town hall format and will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate current issues surrounding research.  The dialogues will be held the 3rd Friday of each month between 12:30 -1:30.  Again a list of topics will be announced early in the new year.  If you have suggestions for discussion topics, please forward them to me.  The first dialogue on Jan 18 will be in CE265 and the topic of discussion will be academic publishing.  There are many issues facing researchers in an ever complicated world of academic publishing, issues such as open access, peer review, predatory publishers, to name but a few.  The discussion is sure to be informative.

Lastly, I want to reminder people that Research Week will be March 18 -22.  We are planning a full week of activities featuring faculty & student presentations, professional development workshops related to research and, of course, concluding on the Friday with the 4th Explorations research breakfast.

I encourage you to attend as many of the events as possible and to mark your calendars now.

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a happy and productive new year!