Research connections promoted through new Nexus program

January 25, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Nicolette Jett



A new program at The University of Toledo will provide faculty, staff, students and the public a way to make the connections between different disciplines.

Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Nexus will give faculty members an opportunity to showcase their research. The program will occur monthly through April, with plans to pick up again in September for the following academic year.

Brief, timed presentations will be given. Five to six faculty members will present six-minute explanations of their scholarship with the intent to introduce their research to colleagues and students in other departments and colleges.

Nexus was developed by Dr. Elsa G. Nadler, director of grants development, and Dr. James Trempe, vice president for research.

“The importance of introducing a new program like this to UT is that it provides a way for faculty to meet other researchers like themselves,” Nadler said. “All scholarship in any given evening will have at least some tenuous connection.”

The title for the program was chosen after a search of the many synonyms for “connections.”

“Innovations often arise from tenuous connections between disparate disciplines,” Trempe said. “Our hope is that Nexus will lead to connections and innovations at UT.”

The first Nexus event will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Libbey Hall.

For more information on the free, public program, contact Nadler at elsa.nadler@utoledo.edu or 419.5305302.