Discussion to focus on multidisciplinary research

Drawing of multidisciplinary research building

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of the Vice President for Research and the Multidisciplinary Research Committee are hosting a discussion, titled “Promoting Multidisciplinary Research: Creating Interactive Spaces,” from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 30 (Wednesday) in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

The event, designed to discuss the use of research buildings to promote multidisciplinary collaboration, will feature three half-hour presentations from renowned guest speakers, ending with a panel discussion.

The presentations will open at 9 a.m. with an introduction by Robert Bernhard, vice president for research at Notre Dame. The three invited speakers are Robert Urban, of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Richard Kobus, of Tsoi/Kobus and Associates in Cambridge, Mass.; and Andrew Labov, of CO Architects in Los Angeles. The panel discussion begins at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Drawing of multidisciplinary research building

The Multidisciplinary Research Committee is an initiative from the Office of the Vice President for Research with two goals: to explore and promote the value of multidisciplinary research on campus, and to develop the best use and design for the University’s planned Multidisciplinary Research Buildings. The MRBs, envisioned as a suite of buildings to be located east of the Hesburgh Libraries where currently a parking lot sits, are planned to provide space to foster collaboration and research among faculty, graduate students and undergraduates from a variety of disciplines.

For more information, see research.nd.edu.

Contact: Sunny Boyd, associate vice president for research, 631-7765, boyd.1@nd.edu