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Facilitating Dialogue across Disciplines

How can we protect ourselves against security threats on the Internet? What are the genetic factors in autism spectrum disorders, and how do they compare with the social and cultural factors? What strategies are most successful in stemming the tide of AIDS and HIV? These are some of the questions GW faculty, students, and alumni are pursuing through study and dialogue across the lines of traditional academic disciplines. A special series at the George Washington University is providing an inside look at the process behind publishing interdisciplinary research.

“Strategies for Interdisciplinary Publishing Success” features scholars working at the crossroads of important topics that touch science, policy, education, business, and culture. Developed by the GW Libraries in partnership with GW’s Office of the Vice President for Research, the series explores the challenges researchers face in writing, researching, and publishing rather than focusing on the outcome of their work.

Panelists have addressed questions fundamental to scholarly communication: How do scholars straddling more than one discipline communicate with their colleagues in each field? What makes an effective interdisciplinary team? How can one publicize one’s work beyond the pages of peer-reviewed journals? How does one find the data one needs for analysis?

The series has included featured panels on cybersecurity, biomedicine, autism, and “team” science, drawing from disciplines as diverse as engineering, international relations, anthropology, and medicine. The program expanded this fall to include panels on LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS, and more. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the GW Libraries plan to offer a series of more intensive workshops for graduate students and junior faculty, giving new authors a chance to connect with journal editors and established researchers and receive feedback on their works in progress.

Information about future events, as well as videos of past panels, can be found at go.gwu.edu/sips


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