David Zakharov, a first year graduate student in geological sciences at the University of Oregon, wants to provide graduate and undergraduate students at the UO with opportunities to develop interdisciplinary collaborations.
With David’s initiative, a group of graduate students, including Andrea Goering, David Miller, Eric Hogle, Michaela Burke and Madison Myers, among others, developed a unique program they call “Curiosity: the Collaborative Science Project.”
Zakharov organized the project to facilitate the exchange of researchers’ ideas across campus and to promote multidisciplinary collaborations. Speakers are encouraged to deliver their research to a non-specialty audience and to then engage with everyone in discussion afterwards. Through these collaborations, Zakharov hopes researchers can broaden their scope and network with others.
The group hosted their first meeting in March, dubbed “Science Speed Dating,” in order to introduce the concept and attendees to one another. Building on their success and celebrating the end of the school term, the members recently hosted a meeting in the CAMCOR lounge in the Lokey Laboratories.
The session featured the work of Dr. Josh Roering, a professor from the UO’s geological sciences, whose work overlaps with the natural sciences and environmental studies. Roering presented his research on ancient landscapes, influenced by his studies of the physics of ice and climate reconstructions.