Bring Your Own Idea Program

Gatherings offer new opportunities for faculty collaboration

Posted by Jessica Martin April 1, 2014

Could a cup of coffee bring faculty across campus together to expand and enhance research and teaching while broadening perspectives? That's the idea behind the Office of the Provost's Bring Your Own Idea program, which awards grants to support gatherings of faculty from across Washington University in St. Louis around meaningful topics.

"An exchange of ideas is one of the fundamental reasons why a university exists," said Marion Crain, JD, vice provost and professor of law. "We want to bring together scholars of all disciplines to spark collaborations that are key to addressing issues and taking advantage of opportunities on campus and beyond."

The Office of the Provost recently awarded the first round of Bring Your Own Idea grants. A complete list of proposals is below. Faculty with a research or teaching interest in any of these topics should contact the faculty listed for more information.

A few Sam Fox School faculty members are among the initial Bring Your Own Idea award recipients.

Assistant professor Patty Heyda and professor Eric Mumford, PhD, are collaborating with two faculty from Arts & Sciences—Margaret Garb, PhD, and Sonia Lee, PhD—on Global Cities: Migration, Capital and Transformations in Urban Space. Their cross-school program will bring together scholars from the humanities, social sciences, architecture, and urban design to consider the relation between political economy and urban space. In particular, they are interested in identifying what specific spatial patterns and processes were characteristic of—and at the same time, helped determine—the social relations of work, housing, family, civic institutions, and political struggles in capitalist societies over the past two hundred years.

Associate professor Heather Corcoran has teamed with Matt Kreuter, PhD, Brown School and Institute for Public Health; Aaron Addison, Olin Library; and Leslie McIntosh, PhD, School of Medicine on the proposal Working Across Disciplines to Make Data More Meaningful. Their session seeks to bring together faculty from across campus who are engaged in the new field of "big data" science, and involved with areas such as data discovery, planning and use, design and programming, and assessment. Their goal will be to discuss more integrated approaches for converting data into usable information, increasing the potential for a larger collective impact.

The other Bring Your Own Idea award recipients and proposals are:

- Religion, Poverty and Social Justice: Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, PhD, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and Gregory Magarian, JD, School of Law

- The Creative Process: Andrew Knight, PhD, Olin Business School, and Robert Mark Morgan, Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences

- Gender and Leadership Across Disciplines: Michelle Duguid, PhD, Olin Business School, and Hillary Sale, JD, School of Law

- In/Equality in Theory and Practice: Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD, Brown School and Institute for Public Health, and Carol Camp Yeakey, PhD, Arts & Sciences

- Public Health Opportunities and Challenges in Guatemala, WUSTL Opportunities for Research and Teaching Collaboration: Joaquin Barnoya, MD, School of Medicine, and William Powderly, MD, School of Medicine and Institute for Public Health

- Post-conflict Cultures: Jennifer Kapczynski, PhD, and Lori Watt, PhD, Arts & Sciences

- Economic Inequality and the American Experience: Steven Fazzari, PhD, Arts & Sciences, and Mark Rank, PhD, Brown School

- Enhancing Global Engagement and International Affairs at WUSTL: Jeremy Caddel and Andrew Sobel, PhD, Arts & Sciences, and Leila Sadat, JD, LLM, School of Law

Further information about this year's Bring Your Own Idea grant winners and their proposals is available here.

The original request for Bring Your Own Idea proposals is available here.