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February 20, 2020, 1pm ET
Navigating the New Arctic

June 9-10, 2020
GUIRR Members' Meeting

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While traditional research methodology has resulted in innumerable scientific discoveries, many of today’s research questions are not effectively addressed within the context of a single scientific discipline. Therefore, convergence is emerging as a new model for scientific research and innovation. In this context, convergence means the merging of previously distinct disciplines to create new disciplines which promote rapid innovation and the emergence of new scientific principles. This meeting will focus on how convergence is created, what it has delivered to date, the advantages of and challenges to convergence-driven research, and the near-term applicable domains for convergence.

Meeting Materials

Monday, June 2, 2014

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address
"Quantitative Human Phenotyping: Opportunities for Convergent Science in the Novel Measure of Health and Disease" 

  • Dr. Dennis Ausiello, Director, Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH), Physician-in-Chief, Emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital and Jackson Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
  • Moderator: Dr. Uma Chowdhry, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair; Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont        
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
8:00-8:15 am


Welcome Remarks   

  • Dr. Jack Gansler, Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and GUIRR University Co-Chair
8:15-8:50 am 

Convergence: Examples from NSF of an Emerging Research Paradigm 

8:50-10:35 am 

Government-University-Industry Panel 

  • Dr. Colin Duckett, Director of Program Development, North Campus Research Complex (NCRC); Co-Director, Cancer Cell Biology Program; Professor, Departments of Pathology and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Mr. Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions
  • Dr. Linda Nebeling, Chief, Health Behaviors Research Branch, National Institute of Health 
  • Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Moderator: Ms. Amanda Arnold, Associate Director for Federal Relations – Convergence, Biosecurity & Health Affairs, Texas A&M University 
11:05 am-12:00 pm 

What Has Convergence Accomplished and What Were the Obstacles Along the Way?

  • Dr. Steve Briggs, Distinguished Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, San Diego 
  • Dr. Chris Somerville, Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy and EBI Director, University of California, Berkeley 
1:15-1:40 pm Mapping the Convergence and Emergence of Scientific Fields 

1:40-2:20 pm Fostering Convergence: Challenges and Lessons Learned   
2:20-2:35 pm Proposal of New Topics and Projects for GUIRR   
2:35-3:00 pm

GUIRR Project Updates

  • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) – Dr. John Hickman, Director of Global University Relations and Life Sciences, Deere & Company and UIDP President
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) – Dr. Susie Sedwick, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, University of Texas at Austin and FDP Chair
  • GUIRR Webinars and Other Activities – Ms. Kristina Thorsell, Associate Program Officer, GUIRR
3:00 pm