Grant to Stimulate Collaborations Between Diverse Researchers
A seminar aimed at incubating research collaborations between humanists, artists, scientists and engineers will become a reality through a grant shared by directors of three diverse and innovative programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The directors - Michael Zimmerman of the Center for Humanities and the Arts, Diane Sieber of the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering, and Rebekah West of the Center for Arts, Media and Performance - will use the $45,000 two-year Innovative Grant Program funds to plan and implement the seminar around the theme of "Visual Art/Visual Science: Technology, Aesthetics, Investigation."
"CU Boulder lacks a formal venue in which scientists, engineers, humanists and artists can meet to learn from one another and to explore possible collaboration," said Zimmerman, who is the principal investigator for the grant. Through the seminar, researchers can share their perspectives and expertise. For example, he said, "artists, engineers and scientists frequently use the same kinds of computer programs to devise very different kinds of visual representations." Zimmerman said that investigating different ways of producing such representations can provide a fruitful way in which faculty and graduate students can learn from one another and develop successful collaborative research projects.
The seminar would bring nationally known speakers to CU to focus on how integrating different research perspectives can help provide solutions to complex problems. The speakers would make presentations to the seminar as well as general audiences.
The center directors also will be planning a colloquium where the participants will present their collaborative proposals.
Participants will include: a faculty facilitator; eight CU Boulder faculty members and four graduate students selected from arts, engineering, humanities, and social and natural sciences; and a representative from Norlin Library. Participants will be selected by a faculty advisory board appointed by Zimmerman, in consultation with John Bennett, director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute that houses the Center for Arts, Media and Performance; Sieber, who also is a former co-director of ATLAS; and West.
The Innovative Grant Program is funded through CU's vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School. Additional funding for speakers and administrative work includes $7,000 from the Center for Humanities and Arts, and $7,000 from ATLAS. The series of forums and discussions through the seminar would be held in the ATLAS building on the CU campus.
Michael Zimmerman, 303-492-1423
Diane Sieber, 303- 492-6399
Rebekah West, 303-735-0993