IDR Symposium 2012

The goal for our Second Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium is not only to create a dialog for researchers working at the frontier of their disciplines, but also to create a unique perspective on Interdisciplinary Research at VT and nationwide. Distinguished researchers will provide talks on the Interdisciplinary aspects of their work and share their unique experience on the challenges they encounter. Undergraduate and graduate students can equally participate in the poster session and compete for poster awards. Coffee and lunch break are provided.

Time: 2 November 2012 8:30 am – 4 pm

Location: GLC Multipurpose Room

The Compendium , also available in print for registered guests can be found here: 2012 IDR Symposium Program

Click here for the detailed schedule. Registration is required.

We would like to thank our sponsors:

  • College of Science
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment


 Guest Lecture: Dr. Bill Newell
“The Value of Integration in Interdisciplinary Research”
 William H. Newell is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and long-time Executive Director of the Association for Integrative Studies (the U.S.-based international professional organization devoted to interdisciplinarity).
 Invited Lecture: Dr. John Tyson
“Adventures in Interdisciplinary Science Education for Undergraduates”
John Tyson is a computational cell biologist, interested at present in the molecular mechanisms underlying the control of cell growth, division and death. He is a University Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences.
 Invited Lecture: Dr. Jake Socha
“What can insects teach us about how to move fluids at microscale?”
Dr. Socha is an organismal biomechanist studying the relationship between form and function in animals, with a broad range of projects involving locomotion, breathing and feeding. Current work focuses on gliding flight in snakes, mechanics of convection in compressible tracheal structures in insects, and dynamics of pumping in liquid feeders such as butterflies and ants. Dr. Socha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.
Panel discussion: Dr. Brenda Davy, Dr. Michael Moehler, Dr. Bill Newell, Dr. Stephen Prisley, Dr. Tomalei Vess

 Student Poster Competition

Abstract submission CLOSED