NC TraCS Team Science Series: Session 1 (Mar 14, 2014)

General Overview

Team science is a collaborative effort to address a scientific challenge that leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. Although traditional single-investigator driven approaches are ideal for many scientific endeavors, coordinated teams of investigators with diverse skills and knowledge may be especially helpful for studies of complex social problems with multiple causes (Team Science Toolkit: An Interactive Website to Help You Support, Conduct, and Study Team Based Research. National Cancer Institute. 21 February 2014).

This three part series is recommended for research trainees, students, staff, and faculty who are interested in interdisciplinary research and want to know how to develop or participate in an interdisciplinary team. The series as a whole covers theoretical and practical aspects of successful teams and provides an opportunity to participate in exercises. A participant can benefit from attending any number of the sessions. Each is self-contained, but covers a different aspect of interdisciplinary teams.

Sponsor: NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NIH CTSA at UNC-CH)

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Session #1: Working with Interdisciplinary Teams: Application to Researchers in an Academic Environment

DATE: Friday, March 14, 2014
TIME: 10:30 - Noon
LOCATION: Brinkhous-Bullitt Room 219

The session will include an interactive presentation related to team work and building a research team in an academic setting. There will be two short exercises to underscore important aspects of team development.

Intended audiences: Research faculty, fellows, trainees, and research staff

Attendees will learn:
- Team terminology, key roles, and other roles in teams
- The benefits of team work and interdisciplinary efforts
- Introduction to strategies for effective team building and management

Take Home:
- References related to the themes explored in the workshop
- How NC TraCS resources can be helpful to your team

Provided by:
Lori A. Evarts, MPH, PMP, CPH
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Session #2: Interdisciplinary Team Science: A Workshop

DATE: Friday, April 11, 2014
TIME: 10:30 - Noon
LOCATION: Brinkhous-Bullitt Room 219

Session #3: Writing Interdisciplinary Research Proposals: A View from the Study Section Perspective

DATE: Friday, May 16, 2014
TIME: 10:30 - Noon
LOCATION: Brinkhous-Bullitt Room 219

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