Guests relished an evening of appetizing conversation at UW Bothell’s inaugural Discourse 2011 event on May 25. However, this was no ordinary dinner conversation. Following upon the heels of a rich year of programs including research interest groups and research-in-progress seminars, the campus created an event that would highlight the wide array of research being performed at UW Bothell. Discourse 2011 was the result.

The celebration was engineered as dinner theater for the intellectually engaged, in which a four-course progressive meal was interspersed with a fusillade of five-minute lightning talks highlighting key research initiatives. Carolyn Brennan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, laid down the rules and offered a friendly warning to faculty presenters that their five-minute limits would be strictly enforced.

Modeled in part after the popular TED and Chautauqua talks, faculty presenters were allotted five-minute timeslots to present their new and innovative research ideas and directions. The topics of the lively presentations ranged from biology and philosophy to nursing and education. Several of the presentations focused on innovation in pedagogy, demonstrating the depth of expertise that UW Bothell possesses in this important area of research. Forexample, Dr. Robin Angotti discussed a project where teachers are using off-the-shelf motion-sensing game consoles, such as Microsoft’s Kinect, to achieve better results in teaching math to K-12 students in rural areas of Washington state.

Brennan noted that the event offered a mere sampling of the body of research occurring on the campus. “As the campus has matured, so has the sheer volume of research. According to Brennan, “the number of research grant proposals tripled in fiscal year 2010-11. The resulting amount of funding has also tripled. UW Bothell faculty continue to develop a strong reputation for research and publication in areas critical to improving the quality of individuals, communities, the environment and the world.”

Based on the warm response from attendees, the University plans to repeat the event in 2012.

The presentations included:

Tools for Teaching in Computer Science, Kelvin Sung
Nurses’ Perspectives on the Value of BSN Education, Mary Baroni
Elementary Mathematics Education, Allison Hintz
Discourse, Morality, and Power, Bruce Kochis
Arts in Healthcare, Andrea Kovalesky
Community Partnerships and Public Health Policies, Mabel Ezeonwu
Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory, and Community Engagement, Eric Stewart
Evolution of Cooperation across the Domains of Life, Kristina Hillesland
(Im)possibility: Islands, Beaches, and the Infinite Sea, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Kinections in Learning: Mathematics and Video Games, Robin Angotti
Representation of Political Violence in South Asian Film, Fiction and Media,Alka Kurian
Stem Cells and Regeneration, Bryan White
Reading Assessment and Nonfiction Text, Tony Smith
Biomimicry and Software Systems, David Socha