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Clarkson University's Welsh to Participate in D.C. Workshop on Social Science Research Planning

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Clarkson University Professor of Sociology Rick Welsh will participate in a workshop organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The one-day "Social Science Research Planning: Climate Change, Bio-Energy, and Natural Resources" workshop will held be in Washington, D.C., on May 11. welsh

Twenty national scholars and leaders within various disciplines have been invited to participate in the workshop, which will focus on the role of social sciences in transdisciplinary projects that are the center of NIFA’s priority areas.

Welsh will also serve as one of five panelists presenting examples of transdisciplinary work and what they believe are the most important elements of successful transdisciplinary projects. His insights and that of other panelists will help set the stage for group discussions.

For fiscal year 2010, NIFA provides approximately $55 million and $40 million of available support for the climate change and sustainable bioenergy challenge areas, respectively, under its largest competitive program, the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Roger Beachy, NIFA director and USDA chief scientist, has emphasized the need to develop systems approaches which incorporate multidisciplinary research, education, and extension efforts to address societal challenge areas, including climate change, sustainable bioenergy, natural resources, and the environment.

The workshop is expected to help NIFA identify effective strategies for implementation that will enhance transdisciplinary-oriented projects.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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