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David Shaw, Ph.D., is the Vice- President for Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University where he serves as the chief research officer for the university, providing oversight for all aspects of research compliance. He is also the President of the MSU Research and Technology Corporation, and oversees the Thad Cochran Research, Technology, and Economic Development Park. Dr. Shaw previously served as the Director of the Northern Gulf Institute, an NOAA Cooperative Institute. He has gained extensive experience as both a collaborator and a facilitator of team science. Dr. Shaw holds MSU's highest honorary distinction as a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, and in 2008, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Opening remarks by Andres G. Gil, Vice-President for Research.
Team Science is a popular phrase that refers to "large-scale, team-based research initiatives to address complex and multifaceted problems that require cross-disciplinary collaboration." This multidisciplinary approach acknowledges that solutions to the most pressing problems facing our world today require researchers from widely diverse backgrounds to work across the boundaries created by disciplinary silos. However, this is often not an easy task because of cultural barriers in academia, and constraints placed on these teams by various forces. Examples of obstacles, as well as opportunities that have been created, will be discussed.