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Facilitating interdisciplinary research

Author: National Academies (U.S.). Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research.; Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (U.S.); National Academy of Sciences (U.S.); National Academy of Engineering.; Institute of Medicine (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : The National Academies Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines interdisciplinary research efforts and recommends ways to stimulate and support such research. This report identifies steps that researchers, teachers, students, institutions, funding  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: National Academies (U.S.). Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research.; Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (U.S.); National Academy of Sciences (U.S.); National Academy of Engineering.; Institute of Medicine (U.S.)
ISBN: 0309094356 9780309094351 030954727X 9780309547277
OCLC Number: 59003279
Description: xxv, 306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A Vision of Interdisciplinary Research --
Key Conditions for Interdisciplinary Work --
Conversations, Connections, Combinations --
A Question of Urgency --
The Drivers of Interdisciplinary Research --
Defining Interdisciplinary Research --
Challenges Driving Interdisciplinary Research --
The Inherent Complexity of Nature and Society --
The Drive to Explore Basic Research Problems at the Interfaces of Disciplines --
The Need to Solve Societal Problems --
The Stimulus of Generative Technologies --
Interdisciplinarity in Industrial and National Laboratories --
Research Strategies at Industrial Laboratories --
Some Models and Lessons from Industry --
A New Degree of Interdisciplinarity? --
Research Strategies at National Laboratories --
Some Models and Lessons from US National Laboratories --
Importance of IDR at National Laboratories --
Strategies of National Laboratories in Recruiting and Organizing IDR Teams --
When IDR Works Well --
When IDR Is Less Successful --
How IDR Has Changed over the Years --
Lessons of National Laboratories for Academic Institutions That Wish to Facilitate IDR --
Interdisciplinary Research in Japan --
Government-University-Industry Research Collaborations --
The Academic Researcher and Interdisciplinary Research --
Undergraduates --
Graduate Students --
Postdoctoral Scholars --
Hiring --
Junior Faculty --
Gaining Tenure --
Tenured Professors --
How Academic Institutions Can Facilitate Interdisciplinary Research --
A Vision for Institutions That Wish to Promote Interdisciplinary Research. Institutional Barriers to Interdisciplinary Research --
Limited Resources --
The Academic Reward System --
Different Institutional Cultures --
Program Evaluation --
Different Departmental Policies and Procedures --
Lengthy Startup Times --
Decentralized Budget Strategies --
A Need for Systematic Institutional Reform --
Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research and Education --
Undergraduate Education --
Graduate Education --
Postdoctoral Fellowships --
Hiring --
Junior Faculty --
Tenured Faculty --
All Faculty --
Institutional Leadership --
Incentives and Rewards --
Promoting Interactions --
Budget Reforms --
How Funding Organizations Can Facilitate Interdisciplinary Research --
A Vision for Funding Organizations That Wish to Promote Interdisciplinary Research --
Barriers Encountered by Funding Organizations in Supporting IDR --
Support for Ideas and Initiatives --
Support for People and Programs --
Graduate Students --
Postdoctoral Scholars --
Faculty --
Support for Institutions and Facilities --
Reviewing Proposals for Interdisciplinary Activities --
The Role of Professional Societies --
A Vision for Professional Societies That Wish to Facilitate IDR --
Publication Barriers Encountered by Researchers --
Support for People and Programs --
Research Publications --
Program Initiation --
Support for Ideas and Initiatives --
Professional Society Meetings --
Promoting the Integration of Disciplines --
Support for Institutions and Facilities --
Developing Norms for Interdisciplinary Research. Evaluating Outcomes of Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching --
The Challenge of Evaluating Research --
Evaluating Relative to the Drivers of IDR --
Evaluating the Direct and Indirect Impacts of IDR --
Direct Contributions of IDR to Knowledge --
Indirect Contributions of IDR to Knowledge --
Evaluating the People Who Perform IDR --
Undergraduate and Graduate Students --
Postdoctoral Scholars --
Faculty --
Evaluating Programs, Institutes, and Centers That Engage in IDR --
Comparative Evaluations and Rankings of Research Institutions --
Toward New Interdisciplinary Structures --
Interdisciplinary Structures --
A Vision of New Institutional Structures: The Matrix Model --
Beyond the Matrix --
Supporting New Interdisciplinary Structures for People and Programs --
Change at the Undergraduate Level --
Change at the Graduate Level --
Change at the Faculty Level --
Change at the Institutional Level --
Change Driven by Generative Technologies --
Findings and Recommendations --
Findings --
Current Situation --
Challenges to Overcome --
Changes Needed --
Students --
Postdoctoral Scholars --
Researchers and Faculty Members --
Educators --
Academic Institutions' Policies --
Team Leaders --
Funding Organizations --
Professional Societies --
Journal Editors --
Evaluation of IDR --
Academic Institutional Structure --
Biographical Information on Members and Staff of the Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research --
Charge to the Committee --
Convocation Program and Speakers' Biographies --
From Interdiscipline to Discipline. Survey of Institutions and Individuals Conducting Interdisciplinary Research --
Committee Interviews with Administrators, Scholars, and Center Directors --
Focus Groups on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research.
Responsibility: Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.

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