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New Faculty and Staff Fellows Will Support UI Research

May 30, 2017

The University of Idaho Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) has named its inaugural class of ORED Faculty and Staff Fellows.

The ORED Faculty and Staff Fellows program is intended to foster collaboration across the university, provide a development opportunity for faculty and staff members to explore administrative roles and build leadership capacity, and assist ORED with special initiatives and strategic planning across the research enterprise.

“The fellows’ engagement is designed to build new partnerships and expand our capabilities in research, scholarship and creative activity,” said Janet Nelson, vice president for research and economic development. “They will collaborate closely with the ORED team, and at the same time serve as envoys to help to communicate our office’s mission, goals and programs to the broad university community,”

The fellows are: 

  • Steven Daley-Laursen, Faculty Fellow for Federal Research Relations.
    Daley-Laursen will augment the university’s interface with federal research sponsors, with a focus on the departments of Commerce, Agriculture and Interior. He also will grow the ORED faculty training series by developing a workshop for faculty on effective communications with elected officials and their staff.
  • Paul Gessler, Faculty Fellow for Cyberinfrastructure and Data Science.
    Gessler will help develop strategies for the university to compete in the big data research arena. Some specific projects include evaluating opportunities for ORED, the Northwest Knowledge Network, the library and ITS to coordinate efforts on research data management, contribute to developing a UI research cyberinfrastructure plan, and maintaining computing collaborations with the Idaho National Laboratory and the Center for the Advanced Energy Studies partners.
  • Ann Norton, Staff Fellow for Core Facilities.
    Norton will conduct a comprehensive inventory of the current core facilities that offer research services and shared resources for all members of our campus community. She will also explore best practices of core facilities at target Carnegie R1 research institutions. This work will help guide our university for providing quality and efficient service among shared research facilities.
  • Scott Slovic, Faculty Fellow for Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations.
    Slovic will serve as a coordinator of interdisciplinary faculty collaborations, with a special emphasis in the arts, humanities and social sciences. In this role, he will help identify faculty members whose work seems to intersect in interesting ways and who may possibly develop collaborative projects in the future.
  • Michelle Wiest, Faculty Fellow for Research Rigor and Reproducibility.
    Wiest will develop a path forward to enhance the scientific rigor and reproducibility of research conducted at the university. She will provide consultation on ways to increase collaboration on study design, project and data analytic management, and statistical analysis. Some anticipated outcomes will be to foster translational research and to bolster inclusion of statisticians on relevant grant proposals.

The fellows look forward to their assignments and the opportunity to serve the university community.

“I’ve always been excited to see colleagues from disparate disciplines begin recognizing the profound intersections between their work,” Slovic said. “My role will be to facilitate informal conversations, fueled by coffee and ideas, and see where these might lead.” 

“This new role with ORED gives me the opportunity to provide liaison between the intellectual capacity of my colleagues at the ground level and the university-level mission in federal government relations, bringing my 30 years of higher education administration experience to the advantage of both,” Daley-Laursen said. 

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