OSU Team Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. Mark Moritz, OSU Professor of Anthropology, along with a team of co-investigators that includes Elizabeth Newton (Executive Director, OSU Batelle Center for Science, Engineering and Public Policy), Nicholas Kawa (Assistant Professor, Anthropology), Alison Bennett (Assistant Professor, EEOB) and Yolanda Zepeda (Interim Vice Provost, Office of Diversity and Inclusion) were recently awarded a National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) grant for their project, “Training Scientists to Tackle Grand Challenge Societal Problems through Convergent Action in Transdisciplinary Teams.”

Dr. Moritz cites working with a highly interdisciplinary group of collaborators and learning about student professional development as the most exciting parts of the project. “Our NSF-funded research project focuses on assessing the development of wicked competencies while students are taking courses and completing the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Wicked Science at Ohio State, but we are also planning to develop a database of our alumni and checking regularly to see what they are up to and to assess the long-term impacts of our program.” The Drake Institute is very pleased to be included as a named partner in support of such a valuable and significant project at Ohio State.  Congratulations to Dr. Moritz and the entire team!