“Breaking Down Silos” Event on April 29, 2014

Breaking Down Silos and Constructing Highly Effective,
Competitive Transdisciplinary Research Teams

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
8:00AM – 10:30AM
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, Storrs Campus
Live Interactive Webcast in Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center


About the Event

In pursuit of UConn’s vision to vastly expand transdisciplinary team science research initiatives and associated external funding, faculty, researchers, and administrators from across UConn are invited to attend this event sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

This event offers a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable expertise and guidance from three exceptional team science experts at NIH who have spoken on this topic at research-intensive universities across the US: Drs. L. Michelle Bennett (NHLBI), Howard Gadlin (NIH), and Linda Nebeling (NCI).

Drs. Bennett, Gadlin, and Nebeling will share best practices within team science, offer suggestions for building and maintaining effective teams and avoiding pitfalls, discuss team science funding mechanisms, and answer questions from the audience.  Topics addressed will also include how to evaluate individual members’ contributions to team accomplishments in faculty evaluation processes (e.g., annual evaluations, PTR).

Attendees are encouraged to peruse the NIH’s Team Science website prior to the presentation at http://teamscience.nih.gov.


This event is free of charge. Advanced registration online is strongly encouraged, but not required. Click here to register now.


8:00 – 8:30
Continental Breakfast (Location: Lounge and lobby area adjacent to Konover Auditorium)
8:30 – 8:45
Introductory Remarks
8:45 – 10:15
Presentation by Drs. Bennett, Gadlin, and Nebeling
10:15 – 10:30

About the Speakers

L. Michelle BennettL. Michelle Bennett, PhD is the Deputy Scientific Director for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. The NHLBI Division of Intramural Research comprises approximately 60 intramural scientists and clinicians working in basic, translational and clinical research. Dr. Bennett is responsible for scientific programmatic oversight, strategic planning, and implementing strategies to support the research mission. Dr. Bennett has extensive practical experience in facilitating transdisciplinary team-based approaches among scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems. She is actively participating to support efforts to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce at NIH. Dr. Bennett co-led an initiative to understand the fundamental characteristics that contribute to successful scientific team functioning which resulted in the development of a workbook entitled, Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide, which serves as a primer for investigators who are building or participating on a research team.

Howard GadlinHoward Gadlin, PhD has been Ombudsman and Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution at the National Institutes of Health since 1999. From 1992 through 1998 he was University Ombudsperson at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also director of the UCLA Conflict Mediation Program and co-director of the Center for the Study and Resolution of Interethnic/Interracial Conflict. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Dr. Gadlin was Ombudsperson and Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At present, Dr. Gadlin is studying the dynamics of scientific teams and collaborations and developing new approaches to addressing conflicts among scientists. An experienced mediator, trainer, and consultant, Dr. Gadlin has years of experience working with conflicts related to race, ethnicity and gender. Currently he is developing new approaches to addressing conflicts among scientists. He is often called in as a consultant or mediator in cases of “intractable” disputes. Dr. Gadlin has designed and conducted training programs internationally in dispute resolution, sexual harassment and multicultural conflict.

Linda NebelingLinda Nebeling, PhD, MPH, RD, FADA is the Chief of the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB), in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Nebeling is also the lead Program Director for the Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Centers initiative. She previously served as the Acting Associate Director of the BRP, DCCPS. Prior to joining the DCCPS, she was a Public Health Nutritionist and worked in the NCI’s National 5 A Day for Better Health Program, the largest public-private nutrition education program of its kind. She was awarded a post-doctoral appointment at the NCI’s Cancer Prevention Research Branch (CPRB), in the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Dr. Nebeling worked previously as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University and a Clinical Dietitian at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Directions and Parking

Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, Storrs

The closest parking area to the Dodd Center is the South Parking Garage (map). More information on visitor parking at Storrs.

Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center

The Low Learning Center is located in the Main Building at UConn Health Center. Directions to UConn Health Center.