The Development of the INFEWS-ER: A Virtual Resource Center for Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Training at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Rodríguez, Luis Marshall, Anna-Maria Cotton, Dan Koelsch, Richard Koziel, Jacek Meyer, Deanne Steward, Dan Heemstra, Jill Padmanabahn, Anand Classen, John Meyer, Nathan Ruddell, Benjamin Ryan, Sean Cai, Ximing Habib, Emad Saundry, Peter
dc.contributor.department Food Science and Human Nutrition
dc.contributor.department Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering 2019-06-23T14:47:41.000 2020-06-29T22:36:11Z 2020-06-29T22:36:11Z Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2019 2019-04-25
dc.description.abstract <p>Problems at the nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (FEWS) are among the most complex challenges we face. Spanning simple to complex temporal, geographic, social, and political framings, the questions raised at this nexus require multidisciplinary if not transdisciplinary approaches. Answers to these questions must draw from engineering, the physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences. Practical solutions depend upon a wide community of stakeholders, including industry, policymakers, and the general public. Yet there are many obstacles to working in a transdisciplinary environment: unfamiliar concepts, specialized terminology, and countless “blind” spots. Graduate education occurs in disciplinary ‘silos', often with little regard for the unintended consequences of our research. Existing pedagogical models do not usually train students to understand neighboring disciplines, thus limiting student learning to narrow areas of expertise, and obstructing their potential for transdisciplinary discourse over their careers. Our goal is a virtual resource center—the INFEWS-ER—that provides educational opportunities to supplement graduate students, especially in their development of transdisciplinary competences. Addressing the grand challenges at the heart of the FEWS nexus will depend upon such competence. Students and scholars from diverse disciplines are working together to develop the INFEWS-ER. To date, we have sponsored both a workshop and a symposium to identify priorities to design the initial curriculum. We have also conducted surveys of the larger community of FEWS researchers. Our work confirms a widespread interest in transdisciplinary training and helps to identify core themes and promising pedagogical approaches. Our curriculum now centers upon several “Cohort Challenges,” supported by various “Toolbox Modules” organized around key themes (e.g., communicating science). We plan to initiate the first cohort of students in October of 2018. Students who successfully complete their Cohort Challenges will be certified as the FEW Graduate Scholars. In this paper, we describe the development of this curriculum. We begin with the need for training in transdisciplinary research. We then describe the workshop and symposium, as well as our survey results. We conclude with an outline of the curriculum, including the current Cohort Challenges and Toolbox Modules.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as Rodríguez, Luis F., Anna-Maria Marshall, Dan Cotton, Richard Koelsch, Jacek Koziel, Deanne Meyer, Dan Steward, Jill Heemstra, Anand Padmanabahn, John Classen, Nathan J. Meyer, Benjamin L. Ruddell, Sean M. Ryan, Ximing Cai, Emad Habib, and Peter D. Saundry. "The Development of the INFEWS-ER: A Virtual Resource Center for Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Training at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water." <em>Frontiers in Environmental Science</em> 7 (2019): 38. DOI: <a href="" target="_blank">10.3389/fenvs.2019.00038</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.subject.disciplines Environmental Sciences
dc.subject.disciplines Food Security
dc.subject.disciplines Higher Education
dc.subject.disciplines Water Resource Management
dc.subject.keywords collaborative learning
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dc.subject.keywords convergence research
dc.subject.keywords divergent thinking
dc.subject.keywords team-based learning
dc.subject.keywords online education
dc.subject.keywords active learning
dc.subject.keywords wicked problems
dc.title The Development of the INFEWS-ER: A Virtual Resource Center for Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Training at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water
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