Speed dating for research
The groups will then present their proposals on poster boards, which will be displayed throughout the room.
Participants will then vote on their favorite proposals, but will not be allowed to select their own proposals.
After these brief sessions, organizers hope a special chemistry will develop between some of the participants, prompting the beginnings of a new research relationship.
Steven Goodman, who has helped organize the event, sounds a bit like the host of The Bachelor when he discusses the concept.
A professor in the university’s dental school, Goodman says he’s cautiously optimistic that some sparks will fly.
It’s a scientific truism that important discoveries aren’t usually made by a lone scientist in a lab anymore.
“To be honest, if we get one or two collaborations that translate into grants, then the university will be happy,” Goodman says.
“[But] if people get to meet people they’ve never met before, then I think we’ll be successful.” The event admittedly has a “game show feel,” but it might begin to address some important questions, Goodman says. Shrikanth Narayanan, chair of the university’s research committee, says he believes developing social opportunities for faculty is an important step in encouraging them to work together.
The Researcher Speed Dating event is open to anyone affiliated with Tufts CTSI’s member institutions.
In addition to every school in the university, that includes 10 affiliated hospitals, nine community organizations, three academic partners and five industry partners. Jacqueline Mitchell can be reached at [email protected]
For all of their big ideas, sometimes faculty are a bit like wallflowers at a high school dance; they need a little push to make the first move.