Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Collaboratorium Grows at Hofstra

A collaboratorium is a place that facilitates collaborative research and teaching on university campuses. As most would agree, traditional university departments, while important, sometimes limit collaboration within emerging interdisciplinary units.  At universities, most department structures were established decades ago. Yet the emerging research and teaching issues (sustainability, health sciences, information technology, etc.) transcend these departmental silos.

Universities are creating new organizational structures and places to try to create cooperative spaces to change research and teaching culture.  That is what is happening at Hofstra with our new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Collaboratorium focused on biology, geology, sustainability, and health sciences.  We received a 1.5 million dollar grant from the state of New York that will be matched by Hofstra University to renovate space in Gittleson Hall to improve our ability to teach these subjects in new and innovative ways.  The space also opens opportunities for advanced undergraduate and graduate research projects.

You can read more about the project on Hofstra's Website here.

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