Team Science

Detailed Evaluation Results for Team Science with David Shaw

10 of the 26 faculty that attended completed evaluations.

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.

Faculty responded in the surveys that the session lived up to their expectations and that the information given at the workshop will improve their ability to work in teams. The session allowed them to learn about the opportunities inherent in team science, and aware of potential obstacles and pitfalls.

Questions & Responses

The description of team science and the overview of the team science environment were informative.
N=10 Mean=4.60 SD=0.52 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I learned information at this workshop which will impact my approach to team-based research initiatives and activities.
N=10 Mean=4.00 SD=0.47 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

As a result of this workshop, I am more knowledgeable about the opportunities inherent in team science, and aware of potential obstacles and pitfalls.
N=10 Mean=3.80 SD=0.63 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in this presentation.
N=39 Mean=4.30 SD=0.67 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

Please give a specific example of at least one thing you learned and will definitely take from the Team Science Presentation, to use in your work.

  • Health disparities.
  • Need to commercialize research results.
  • Food science, aq, nutrition collaboration.
  • To seek collaboration in other colleges.
  • Importance of cluster hiring.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this workshop?

  • Opportunities for funding.
  • Explain how FIU is enacting multi-disciplinary research projects.
  • Required attendance for department chairs and deans.

General Comments about the overall workshop?

  • Great speaker.
  • This was a little high level for an assistant professor. Better for tenured faculty and administrators.
  • Very good! I enjoyed it. Thank you!
  • Very much geared toward administrators more than faculty.