Fall 2011- Spring 2012 Roundtables

Improving our own capacities to carry out high quality sustainability research


Roundtable 1: Big Concepts in Sustainability Research

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – NRESS Seminar – 3:10-4:30 PM James Hall G46.

Dr. Jennifer Kushner, University of Wisconsin, speaking on "Paradigm Shifts: What is interdisciplinary research?" Dr. Kushner is an expert in education innovation and reform, with a focus on paradigm change in educational systems. She is a Program and Evaluation Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, where she works locally, nationally and internationally with programs related to agriculture, the environment, and youth, family & community development. She had led several interdisciplinary reform initiatives including the NSF-sponsored EPICS program, the founding of the School of Integrative Studies at Edgewood College, and is currently leading a national youth water education reform initiative. Her current research focuses on knowledge construction, evolution of thinking, interdisciplinary research, and on leadership and learning related to environmental and social change. Her past work has focused on program innovation and evaluation in science, engineering, medicine, and the humanities.


Roundtable 2: How Can Research More Effectively Support a Sustainable Society?

Thursday, October 13, 2011 – Brown Bag Lunch – 12:40-2:30 PM: Gregg Hall 320


Roundtable 3: A Look at the Mechanics of “Other” Disciplinary Research

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – Brown Bag Lunch – 12:40-2:30 PM: Gregg Hall 320

Featuring faculty demystifying social science approaches for natural scientists and natural science approaches for social scientists. Learn the language, methods, similarities, differences, benefits and limitations from case studies.


Roundtable 4: Building Skill and Capacity to Carry Out Sustainability Research

Thursday, December 1, 2011 –12:40-2:30 PM: Gregg Hall 320

Featuring YOU in conversation with staff and faculty from other disciplines in pursuit of compatible ideas. Bring your sense of adventure!


Round Table 5: Discussion on adaptive management

Featuring 2011-2012 SRC Faculty Fellow Allison Watts


Round Table 6: Discussion on food systems research

 Featuring 2011-2012 SRC Faculty Fellow Semra Aytur