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Two Proposals Selected for the AY2021-2022 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series

July 1, 2021 - The Research, Innovation, and Commercialization Office is pleased to announce two Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) awardees for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Congratulations to Jacob Warner, Wendy Strangman, Thomas Williamson, Jennifer McCall, and Nathan Crowe on their successful proposal titled “A Marine Biotechnology Seminar Series” and Jennifer Le Zotte, Jamie Brummit, Nathan Crowe, Stephanie Crowe, Michaela Howells, Angie Sardina, and Meghan Sweeney on their successful proposal titled “The Material Culture of Racial Justice and Healthcare Equity.”

A Marine Biotechnology Seminar Series

Jacob Warner (Biology and Marine Biology), Wendy Strangman (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Thomas Williamson (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Jennifer McCall (School of Nursing), and Nathan Crowe (History)

UNCW Marine Biotech LabMarine Biotechnology is a burgeoning field of research that encompasses the study of marine organisms and the application of biological innovations to develop products that improve humankind and ocean ecosystems alike. UNCW has a strong presence in this highly cooperative arena, and “A Marine Biotechnology Seminar Series” aims to foster and accelerate its growth by bringing leaders of the Marine Biotechnology field to UNCW and spurring new collaborations and new lines of research. Five seminars planned for Spring 2022 will address the following themes: History of Biotechnology, Business of Biotechnology, Health Applications of Marine Biotechnology, Drug Discovery in Marine Biotechnology, and Translational Aquaculture.

The Material Culture of Racial Justice and Healthcare Equity

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Jennifer Le Zotte (History), Jamie Brummit (Philosophy and Religion), Nathan Crowe (History), Stephanie Crowe (Randall Library), Michaela Howells (Anthropology), Angie Sardina (Recreation Therapy), and Meghan Sweeney (English)

Material Culture Studies is an interdisciplinary field and scholarly method that acknowledges the roles of objects in constituting and transforming societies. This series engages with how objects construct and deconstruct racial justice (Fall 2021) and healthcare equity (Spring 2022) to better understand how our past and present relationships with objects form our worldviews, politics, medicines, media, and religious practices. Planned activities include public talks with leading scholars in the field, community engagement events, and “Lunch and Learn” networking opportunities for UNCW faculty. This series will introduce material culture as a method of study, encourage engagement with the newest object theories, identify collaborative opportunities, and expand object-centered research at UNCW.

 Thank you to all faculty who submitted interesting proposals!

About the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series

The IRSS program is designed to build interdisciplinary capacity in areas of growing research strength by (1) fostering communication and promoting collaborations among UNCW investigators and (2) connecting our local community with the national knowledge network and creating an intellectual community of peers. IRSS focuses on a theme, problem, or broad question where UNCW has existing research capacity and a clear opportunity to grow its research contributions and overall success.