‘Partnering for Impact’ workshop and panel is March 5

News for Researchers

Posted February 2, 2024 by Dan Moser

A workshop on cultivating effective impact partnerships that help researchers’ work matter is scheduled for March 5 via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for the 2-4 p.m. session.  

All scholars want their work to have impact within and beyond academia, and public and private sponsors of research increasingly expect the societal impacts of projects to be described in funding proposals. Yet the specialized nature of scholarly work means faculty often lack the knowledge and resources to engage meaningfully with diverse stakeholders to conceptualize, implement and evaluate the impact of their work.  

In the first hour of the workshop, research impact coordinator Jocelyn Bosley will discuss the elements of a successful impact partnership; best practices for identifying and approaching prospective partners; and how faculty can leverage strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships to further their impact goals. The second hour will feature a panel discussion by Nebraska faculty and their community partners, who will share their experiences and insights for developing and sustaining effective impact partnerships.   

Featured panelists:  

Louise Lynch O’Brien, assistant professor of insect biology, and collaborators from Nebraska Extension will discuss Tick Tag Go, a partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, local and state parks, iNaturalist community scientists, and others to establish baseline data on tick distributions in Nebraska. 

Jodi Sangster, Nebraska EPSCoR outreach coordinator, and collaborators from Southeast Community College will discuss their National Science Foundation-funded partnership with the state’s biotechnology industry to develop a course-based research experience for Nebraska high schools and community colleges. 

Rebecca Wachs, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, and collaborators from Nebraska’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will discuss their National Science Foundation-funded partnership to connect rehabilitation engineering students with adult learners 50 and over, sharing cutting-edge research on low back pain and alternative therapies. 

For more information, contact Jocelyn Bosley, research impact coordinator, Office of Research and Economic Development.  

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