UND Grand Challenges Upcoming Events
Grand Challenges Faculty Networking Receptions
Division for Research and Economic Development are hosting a Grand Challenges Faculty Networking Reception to introduce the Grand Challenges goals, areas, and champions, facilitating networking opportunities for faculty across the university.
- May 9, 2018: 4:00 pm - 6:00 p.m. at the Gorecki Alumni Center
DISCOVERY GRAND CHALLENGES EVENT
"Help Rural Communities Solve their Unique Health and Social Problems"
On November 14, 2017, the first Grand Challenges Event took place at the Gorecki Alumni Center. Lead by Dr. Thomasine Heitkamp, the event enabled faculty, staff, and community to learn about opportunities to increase external funding for research focused on rural communities from the following Region 8 federal agencies:
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
Plus representatives from:
- Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
The event included opening introductions by Dr. Grant McGimpsey, VPRED-UND, remarks from Agency representatives, a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Holm, Chair & Professor of Psychology - UND, and opportunities for speed networking. The event enabled the attendees to leave with ideas for classroom resources, funding streams, as well as workforce development opportunities.
FACULTY NETWORKING RECEPTIONS
Grand Challenges Faculty Networking Receptions
Division for Research and Economic Development held four Grand Challenges Receptions in the spring of 2018 to introduce the Grand Challenges goals, areas, and champions. This allowed networking opportunities for faculty across the University.
Tuesday March 27, 2018: Rural Health and Social Problems, led by Grand Challenges Champion Thomasine Heitkamp.
Wednesday March 28, 2018: Energy and Environmental Sustainability, led by Grand Challenges Champion Tom Erickson.
Tuesday April 3, 2018: Health and Biomedical Sciences, led by Grand Challenges Champion Colin Combs.
Thursday April 5, 2018: Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS), led by Grand Challenges Champion Mark Askelson.
GRAND CHALLENGES SYMPOSIUM
Grand Challenges Symposium
On March 21, 2018 the Grand Challenges Symposium took place. This was an all-day event involving panel discussions about topics related to the Grand Challenges. The panels topics included:
Information Gathering using Drones, Social media, and Artificial Intelligence
- This panel will explore current ways of gathering data both voluntarily and involuntarily using drones and social media, and how artificial intelligence is used in processing the data and predicting outcomes. The panelists will also discuss projected use of the technologies for control & decision making. The session will include accessible technological analysis of our everyday experience and interaction with information gathering devices and engage the audience in discussing the social implications of it.
Information Gathering Using Drones, Social Media, and Artificial Intelligence (ND EPSCoR Center for Regional Climate Studies)
- While climate change is often discussed in a global context, the reality is impacts will vary regionally. In this panel, ND EPSCoR Center for Regional Climate Studies researchers will talk about observed and projected changes in climate for the Northern Plains. Topics ranging from extreme weather events, like blizzards, to impacts on local crops and flooding, particularly in the Devil's Lake area will be covered.
What's News? The State of Journalism in North Dakota and Beyond
- What is "fake news"? How is the news industry evolving, and what does that mean for people here who want and need the news? How do tough issues like the NODAPL pipeline protest, government regulation of the oil industry and related environmental issues, among others, get covered (or not) in North Dakota?
Remodelling Academic Publishing: New Tools, New Challenges, and A New Culture
- This panel will explore the potential for significantly transforming academic publishing not just through the magical use of technology, but through significant changes in academic attitudes toward open access publishing, collaborative and cooperative approaches, and through responsible care of existing resources within the academic publishing ecosystem.
Information Overload, Cognitive and Cultural Consequences
- This panel will investigate the psychological, historical, and cultural results of living in the so-called “information age.” The panel will begin with a brief presentation from Professor of Psychology, Rick Ferraro, who will focus on the cognitive effects of information overload.