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The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations

February 22, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, will deliver the 11th annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture on Monday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Pleasant’s Family Room of Wilson Library. Shneiderman will share insights from his latest book, The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, a guide for producing high-impact research.

Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the lecture will be free and open to the public. A brief reception will follow.

Shneiderman is the Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and NAI, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His contributions include the direct manipulation concept, clickable highlighted web-links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps, novel network visualizations for NodeXL, and temporal event sequence analysis for electronic health records.

ABCBookLecture Abstract
Solving the immense problems of the 21st century will require devoted research teams with passionate leaders who are skilled at nurturing individuals, weaving networks, and cultivating communities. The growing evidence shows that research teams with raised ambitions to find practical solutions and seek foundational theories simultaneously have a greater chance of achieving both (ABC Principle: Applied & Basic Combined). This talk and forthcoming book from Oxford University Press will guide students, faculty, business leaders, and government policy makers on how to produce high-impact research. Teamwork becomes an even more valuable approach since it facilitates the blending of research methods (SED Principle: Blend Science, Engineering and Design Thinking).  It’s time to replace Vannevar Bush’s dated (1945) linear model with new guiding principles to shift the way the governments fund research, universities train students, researchers conduct projects (teams, partnerships), and organizations reward/recognize outcomes.


February 22, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am


School of Information and Library Science