Roundtable Discussions

Title: Transdisciplinarity in Research

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Barbara Hamkalo, Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Dr. Daniel Stokols, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Social Ecology, Co-PI UCI Transdisciplinarity Tobacco Use Research Center
Dr. Bruce Tromberg, Associate Professor of Surgery and Physiology & Biophysics, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic

Room: Emerald Bay A

What is the difference between unidisciplinary, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research? Universities, research funding agencies, government and non-profit organizations have become increasingly interested in promoting transdisciplinary work in recent decades. There are similarities and differences among the many forms of transdisciplinary collaboration in an academic setting, among community groups, or between different groups of individuals in an organization. Fields such as biology, medicine, computer science, engineering, forensics and even the humanities have converged to approach problems dealing for example with the human genome project. What are the dynamic processes, outcomes, benefits and challenges of transdisciplinary collaboration?

Title: Technology in the Arts

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Robert Nideffer, Assistant Professor, Department of Studio Art
Dr. Lisa Naugle, Assistant Professor, Department of Dance

Room: Emerald Bay B

How is technology being utilized in the Arts? Technology enables people with similar interests to tap into one another’s information resources, resulting in new possibilities for the retrieval, navigation and tracking of networked information. Technology will make finding, sharing and manipulating information in "virtual spaces" more personalized and convenient than it is now. Some of the research projects involve prototyping software that will allow people to create online interactive representations of themselves—even if only one person happens to be online. Other examples include providing a networked dance performance by transmitting signals based on the movement of different parts of the body. There are many other examples of art and science collaboration, but what are the challenges of such relations and those of industry/academy in the arts?

Title: Globalization: Why Does it Matter and Why is There a Debate?

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Mark Moore, Assistant Professor, Economics
Dr. Gary Richardson, Assistant Professor, Economics
Dr. Caesar Sereseres, Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Social of Social Sciences

Room: Emerald Bay C

In the aftermath of the Cold War, policy makers, practitioners and scholars have debated the future of global relations among some 200 nation states and the planet's 6 billion inhabitants. The emergence of a "global economy" along with global information networks appear to be the driving forces in the debate over "globalization." Recent street demonstrations in Seattle over a World Trade Organization meeting and in Washington, D.C. during a meeting of World Bank officials act as public incentives to discuss the implications of "globalization" -- particularly for addressing who are the "winner" and "loser" nations in the shaping of the future. The global issues involve politics, economics, environment, health, immigration, crime, ethnic conflict, and natural resources.