[Bionews] Call for Applications: Communication in Collaboration, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via bionews%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Wed Jan 4 09:56:33 EST 2012


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*The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
*"**Communication in Collaboration: Leading Collaborative Groups**"***to
be held July 29-30, 2012, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* Major advances in research are made through collaborations
across traditional disciplines. Yet, students and faculty involved in
interdisciplinary research activities often confront obstacles to
healthy collaboration, including differences in personal and
professional values, differences in research practices and use of
language, undeveloped listening skills, and undeveloped conflict
resolution skills. This workshop will provide hands-on training
specifically focused to help researchers better communicate across
disciplines. Participants will be introduced to tools that actors use to
foster healthy communication. The workshop is action-oriented, allowing
participants to practice techniques that they may then use to support
their research groups. Participants will learn tools for:

    * Quickly building rapport among team members.
    * Developing better listening skills.
    * Identifying areas of potential conflict.
    * Increasing comfort in communicating with conflict.
    * Establishing agreed upon ways to communicate.
    * Expanding skills for identifying and communicating goals and
      values with potential collaborators.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers:* Jenifer Alonzo, Communication and Theatre Arts, Old
Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA and Holly Gaff, Biology, Old Dominion Univ.,
Norfolk, VA

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_communication

Workshop participants are selected through an open application process.
Those selected to attend will be notified within two weeks of the
application deadline. NIMBioS will provide up to two nights lodging plus
breakfast and lunch during the workshop for all selected participants.
Limited travel support is available for a small number of participants.
Applicants should indicate on the online application whether they need
travel support.

*Application Deadline: March 1, 2012.*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee,
Knoxville.

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Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue, Suite 400
Knoxville, TN 37996-1527
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