FY19 InCHIP Lunch and Learn Series

Welcome to InCHIP’s new Lunch and Learn Series for UConn Faculty, Graduate Students, and Postdoctoral Fellows!


The InCHIP Lunch and Learn Series provides an informal and relaxed setting for discussing a variety of research and career development-related topics. Speakers will address topics such as career trajectory decisions, opportunities for health research in global settings, and how to commercialize evidence-based interventions.
The series kicks off on October 2, 2018 with a career trajectory discussion with Dr. Marlene Schwartz, Director of UConn’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (see below for more information and to RSVP).

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Upcoming Events

Date Moved to October 1st, 2019

UConn’s Global Partnerships & Opportunities for Global Health Researchers

Featuring:Zahra Ali, Msc Director of Global Partnerships & Outreach, Office of Global Affairs

Biography:Zahra Ali became the Director of the Global Partnerships & Outreach, within the Office of Global Affairs in March 2015 after serving as Global Partnerships & Communications Coordinator since August 2013. Prior to joining UConn in August 2013 she had worked at New York University and served as an AmeriCorps member in Hartford, Connecticut.

As Director of Global Partnerships & Outreach, she works in collaboration with faculty, key university administrators and partners around the world to advance UConn’s global initiatives. She works closely with the University’s Office of the General Consul to construct specialized agreements tailored to programmatic needs of UConn Schools/Colleges and partners abroad. Zahra oversees data collection and reporting on global endeavors for dissemination to senior administration, donors, government officials, and the broader community. Additionally, she is responsible for managing the communications activities for the Office of Global Affairs. Her team provides Global Affairs’ units and special initiatives with support in design and/or content creation for websites and marketing materials. Additionally, her team coordinates outreach events and promotes engagement in global networks—all aimed at expanding the University’s global engagement. Zahra also serves on the Norian Armenian Programs Committee, the Abrahamic Programs Steering Committee and is Global Affairs’ representative on the University’s Diversity Council.

Zahra holds an M.Sc. in Global Affairs, with specialization in energy and environmental policy from New York University, and a B.Sc. in International Business from the University of Rhode Island. She has lived and studied in Pakistan and is fluent in Urdu.

When: October 1st, 2019 at 12:30 PM. Lunch will be served.
Where:InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building, UConn Storrs Campus. Directions to InCHIP

Past Events

October 2nd, 2018

Research Career Trajectories Forum for UConn Graduate Students and Postdocs

Featuring:Marlene Schwartz, PhD Rudd Center Director and HDFS Professor

Description:Dr. Schwartz will present on her own personal career trajectory starting with her time in graduate school to becoming the director of the Rudd Center. This will be followed by an open discussion where students will discuss their own professional development and career trajectories.

When: October 2nd, 2018 at 12PM. Lunch will be served

Where:InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building, UConn Storrs Campus. Directions to InCHIP

lunch and learn Mostafa Analoui

October 30th, 2018

Converting Research to Impact: Strategies and Resources for New Ventures

Featuring: Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D. Executive Director of Venture Development and Technology Incubation Program (TIP) at UConn

Description: Dr Analoui will present possible directions for researchers to engage in entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research ideas, apps, and other products. When: October 30th, 2018 at 12:30 PM. Lunch will be served.

Where:InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building, UConn Storrs Campus. Directions to InCHIP

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February 7th, 2019

What If? Engaging in Possibility Thinking with Interdisciplinary Research Teams

Featuring: Ron Beghetto, PhD Professor of Educational Psychology & Director of Innovation House

Biography:Ronald A. Beghetto, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings. He serves as Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Innovation House at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Beghetto is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Creative Behavior, series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (Div. 10, APA). He has published over 100 books, articles, and chapters on creative expression in educational settings and has won numerous awards for his teaching and research. More information about Dr. Beghetto can be found at: www.ronaldbeghetto.com

When: February 7th, 2019 at 12:00 PM. Lunch will be served.
Where:InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building, UConn Storrs Campus. Directions to InCHIP