Using the Science of Team Science for Better Research Collaboration

Using the Science of Team Science for Better Research Collaboration

A CONVERSATION WITH DR. KATHRYN PLAISANCE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF KNOWLEDGE INTEGRATION, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA

Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for solving complex problems, yet many researchers are not explicitly taught how to collaborate effectively. Dr. Plaisance will provide an overview of some of the key features and practices of successful teams. Topics include

  • the five aspects of a good team;
  • the potential benefits of diversity (and how diverse perspectives can be leveraged);
  • the importance of psychological safety; and
  • the difference between productive and destructive conflict.

Dr. Kathryn Plaisance is an Associate Professor of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada – a STEM-heavy institution much like Mines. She has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Minnesota. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy of biology before coming to the University of Waterloo (UW). Her research examines ways of fostering collaboration between humanities and STEM researchers and among interdisciplinary teams of STEM researchers themselves. Over the past decade, Dr. Plaisance has played a pivotal role in helping to establish the Knowledge Integration (KI) program at UW, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that teaches students how to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and in diverse teams. In 2015, she partnered with several KI students to design a university-wide course called “Making Collaboration Work,” which offers students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams to address a real-world design challenge. She has a Learning and Innovation Teaching Enhancement grant to study the effectiveness of the course with respect to improving students’ collaborative skills and attitudes toward teamwork. Dr. Plaisance also leads a Community of Practice on Collaboration and Teamwork at UW, which brings together experts in group dynamics with instructors who wish to improve student collaboration.

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WHAT

Seminar: Using the Science of Team Science for Better Research Collaboration
Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Plaisance, University of Waterloo

WHO

Mines faculty

WHEN

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
12:00–1:30 MST via Zoom
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