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Annual Research Conference



Buckle up, hold on tight, this year’s annual research conference “Creative Innovation: Building Synergy through the Arts, Sciences and Diversity” will expand your inquisitive mind. With the dynamic energy of keynote speaker, Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, you are sure to get a special treat.

Lunch and Keynote Address – (12:00pm to 1:30pm)

Dr. Christopher Emdin, Teachers College, Columbia University

STEM With No Root
Bears No Fruit:
Techies, Fuzzies and New Possibilities

INSPIRE Breakout Session Description – (1:45pm to 3:00pm)

Artful infusions of Geriatric Psychiatry with Jeffrey M. Lyness, MD and Synthetic Organic Chemistry with Alison Frontier, PhD

Jeffrey Lyness, MD uses techniques of biography, illustrated with images, video and audio, to examine how legendary jazz artists regained their creativity as they aged and their declining physical health. His biographical perspectives will help deepen your appreciation for the creative potential in aging, along with exploring social-cultural complexities.

Alison Frontier, PhD explores both the science of poisonous substances and their impact on human history and culture. Through the examination of historical, literary, scientific texts, essays and popular culture, deeper perspectives are explored with the study of chemical and biochemical mechanisms when evaluating crimes and practicing medicine.

INQUIRE Breakout Session Description – (1:45pm to 3:00pm)

This session is experiential learning examining diversity in Art and Healthcare, while gaining valuable lessons of observation from an artistic and medical lens. Take pleasure in artful observations from a medical humanitarian lens while viewing unique visuals through the Memorial Art Gallery. The facilitators are: Stephanie Brown Clark, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and Director of the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and Susan Daiss, MA, MDiv, Senior Associate of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and Memorial Art Gallery Director of Visual Arts and Healthcare Programs.

INVESTIGATE Breakout Session Description – (1:45pm to 3:00pm)

Examine methods for trans-disciplinary research and its connection to diversity with a panel of scholars led by AnnMarie White, EdD.

Creative Innovation Performance and Reception – (3:15pm to 4:30pm)

Become engulfed by visual expressions of Art + Science and the performing arts. 

Please contact Ashley N. Anderson at or 273-4297 with any questions.

The University-wide annual research conference’s overall objective is to promote diversity and inclusion through the advancement of scholarship and showcasing UR scholarly activity. This year’s conference will:

  • Create a lens for understanding the intersection of the Arts, Sciences and Healthcare.
  • Brainstorm, build teams, and solve problems amongst seemingly different disciplines.
  • Foster a culture of creativity and collaboration with all entities on campus: faculty, students, and staff.

Previous Fall Research Conference