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Transdisciplinary Research Academy Seeks First Members

The academy brings diverse interests and disciplines together to explore university strategic research.

Written by Sally Logue Post

Texas Tech University

The newly formed Texas Tech Transdisciplinary Research Academy is accepting applications for its first members.

The academy is designed to bring people with diverse interests and from different disciplines together to explore questions that have a global impact and intersect with the strategic research themes established by the university.

“We are looking for teams of people with diverse interests and expertise who can focus on big-picture and global issues while harnessing the strength of the university’s strategic research themes,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice president for research. “These teams ideally should include people from disciplines that cut across the sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and creative arts.”

Applications will be accepted only from those nominated by their college deans. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Applications will be screened by a committee of deans, associate deans, Horn professors, faculty and members of the Office of the Vice President for Research staff. Inauguration of the academy and installation of members will be held on Jan. 27. 

External funding is not the sole expected result of an academy project.

“We hope that academy members will develop white papers for agencies and foundations that offer novel solutions to the many issues facing society,” said Michael San Francisco, associate vice president for research and director of the academy. “We would also like to see the development of curricula or programs that produce interaction across academic disciplines.”

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