University of Rochester

Office of the Provost


UR Multidisciplinary

Bridging Fellowships
Inter-departmental faculty leaves.

Multidisciplinary Award Symposium
Celebration and reporting of new multidisciplinary work

Phelps Colloquium
Formal research presentations in informal settings, fostering collegial interaction university-wide.

University Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies
Funded faculty clusters, facilitating interaction on topics cutting across traditional disciplinary boundaries

UR Multidisciplinary Centers
PDFExcel Files listing of centers, including web address and faculty contact

Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award Symposium

October 12, 2012
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm   
Reception: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location:  209 Computer Science Bldg. 2nd floor (plaza level)
in the Carlson Library Bay Window area 

PMAThe Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards were created in 2008 “to invigorate and nurture multidisciplinary scholarship at UR… consistent with the motivation to be ‘ever better.’”

Since 2008, twenty-seven separate interdisciplinary research and scholarship teams have received support for collaborative projects. The results of each group’s work are presented in a public symposium in the year following their award.  At the symposium’s conclusion they are honored, along with the newly named recipients of the current year’s awards, at a reception hosted by the Provost.

The 2011 awards went to five groups of faculty who crossed fifteen disciplines and five of the University’s six schools to explore topics including: drug evaluation; the use of social media in advertising and political campaigns; the impact of auditory interference on perception of music and language; diagnostic techniques combining physics with medical imaging; and cell phone-based systems for self-management of asthma in adolescents. 

In 2012 five new projects will be launched, crossing four schools and creating intersections between twelve separate disciplines including pediatrics, education leadership, music theory, brain & cognitive sciences,  chemical engineering, psychiatry, cardiology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, community & preventive medicine, pulmonary medicine and microbiology & immunology.   

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2011 Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award Projects

Novel strategies to modulate and evaluate the activity of artemisinin-based antimalarial drugs
Rudi Fasan, Chemistry; Craig Morrell, Medicine; David Goldfarb, Biology

Social media and advertising in political campaigns: quantifying the role of interest groups, political elites, and campaign efforts
Mitchell Lovett and Paulo  Albuquerque, Marketing and Michael Peress, Political Science

Perception of music and language through auditory interference
Betsy Marvin, Music Theory; Joyce McDonough, Linguistics; Anne Luebke, Biomedical Engineering

Mobile phone-based asthma self-management aid (ASMA)system for adolescents
Hyekyun Rhee, Nursing and James Allen, Computer Science

New interdisciplinary approach to improve diagnosis of traumatic brain injury: combing physics with medical imaging
Jianhui Zhong, Imaging Sciences; Eric Blackman, Physics & Astronomy; Jeffrey Bazarian, Emergency Medicine; Xing Qiu, Biostatistics & Computational Biology; Eric Rozen, Athletics

Past Award Recipients