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The Benefits and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research


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January 25, 2018

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CST

Featured Speakers

Rajeev Ramchand

Rajeev Ramchand, Ph.D. is Senior Behavioral Scientist with RAND Corporation. His received his PhD in Epidemiology, but has a history of conducting collaborative research with economists, psychologists, demographers, criminologists, sociologists, statisticians, mathematicians, chemists, and many others. His research has generally focused on the prevalence, prevention, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in adolescents, service members and veterans, and minority populations, with a specific focus on suicide and suicide prevention. Other current areas of research include the role of firearm availability, storage, and policies on suicide, informal caregiving and the impact of caregiving on caregivers and care recipients, the impact of disasters on community health, and violent extremism.

Michael Blum

Michael Blum

Michael Blum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to joining the UTK faculty, Mike was the Eugenie Schwartz Professorship of River & Coastal Studies and Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. Mike's expertise is in the socioecology of disasters and infectious disease, as well as the ecology of river and coastal ecosystems. While serving as the Arnold Early Career Professor in Earth and Ecological Science at Tulane, Mike worked closely with academic, government and industry partners to advance coastal remediation and recovery following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mike also has been leading National Science Foundation-funded projects to develop New Orleans as an urban long-term research area to study outcomes of catastrophic disasters as well as socioeconomic and human health drivers of biological diversity. As the Director of the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, and then the founding Director of the Tulane ByWater Institute, Mike led a portfolio of cross-cutting initiatives on energy, environment and resilience. His work has been featured by media outlets including The New York Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic, CNN, Fox News, NPR, BBC, and Comedy Central. More »

Webinar Topic

In this conversation, moderated by CRGC director Melissa Finucane, the speakers will discuss their experiences working with people in other disciplines on research within and outside their traditional areas of expertise.

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