CASCI Talk: Collaborative Science: Designing the Future

2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing
TuesdayOctober 1, 2013

Susan Winter, Lecturer and Assistant Program Director
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

Institutes, centers, labs, and consortia are often created to coordinate and enable collaborative research. These kinds of arrangements play a central role in focusing innovation on societal needs. They allow scientists and educators to engage complex intellectual challenges through multi-disciplinary, distributed collaboration.  The current innovation ecology requires the creation of these meso-scale science institutions to engage grand societal challenges, but the domain scientists who design and manage them usually aren’t experts in organizations and organizing. In this presentation, I present a framework for the most essential issues in the design and management of meso-scale science institutions with an emphasis on making good choices informed by existing knowledge and an understanding of specific contexts.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Susan Winter is a Lecturer and Assistant Program Director of the Master of Information Management (MIM) program at the iSchool, University of Maryland (UMD). Before joining the faculty at UMD, Susan was Program Director of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona, her MA from the Claremont Graduate University, and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has more than 20 years of international managerial and consulting experience. Her research on the impact of information and communication technology on the organization of work has resulted in more than 20 publications, seven grants, and 30 refereed conference presentations (including three Best Paper awards).