2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis Program: Day Two

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September 18, 2018

Morning Session

Location: Conference Center Lobby

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.            Breakfast and Grad Students Posters Session

Location: Conference Center Ballroom

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.          Graduate Panel I: International Trends in Graduate Education

  • Chair: Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Acting Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean, UC Davis Graduate Studies (USA)

Supporting Graduate Student Mobility and Research

  • Speaker: Jennie Dixon, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Engagement), University of Auckland (New Zealand) 

New Trends in Graduate Education

  • Speaker: Jose Celso Freire Junior, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs, State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP); President of the Brazilian Association for International Education (Brazil) 

The Future of Graduate Education Globally

  • Speaker: Julia Kent, Vice President for Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives, Council of Graduate Schools (USA) 

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    Graduate Panel II: Next Generation Leadership in International Research

Impact of International Experiences on Graduate Education

  • Speaker: Brian Mitchell, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Facilities; Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (USA) 

Expanding Diversity and Inclusion for Graduate Student Research Opportunities

  • Speaker: Sally Pratt, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, University of Southern California (USA) 

Graduate Student presenter

  • Speaker: TBD

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.        Coffee / Networking Break

Location: Conference Center Lobby

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.        From California to the World: Innovations in Research at the University of California

Location: Conference Center Ballroom

Session Description: This is a TED-style session that will highlight faculty members' ground-breaking work that is having a transformative impact.

  • Chair: Patricia Conrad, Associate Dean for Global Programs; Professor of Parasitology, UC Davis Veterinary Medicine (USA)

Participatory Research to Address Sustainable Development Challenges

  • Speaker: Kate Scow, Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology; Director of the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, UC Davis (USA)

How Can We Stop Africa’s Scientific Brain Drain 

  • Speaker: Kevin Njabo, Africa Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Center for Tropical Research, UCLA (Cameroon/USA)

Addressing the Refugee Health Care Crisis through Research and Practice

  • Speaker: Fatima Karaki, M.D., Assistant Professor; Founder and Director of the Refugee and Asylum seeker Health Initiative (RAHI), UC San Francisco (USA/Lebanon) 

The Future of Learning and Thinking in the Digital Age

  • Speaker: David T. Goldberg, Professor, Comparative Literature, School of Humanities; Director, UC Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine (USA) 


12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.        Lunch with Consuls General from Northern California


  • Gioia Deucher, Deputy Consul General of Switzerland and CEO of swissnex San Francisco
  • Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento
  • Lorenzo Ortona, Consul General of Italy in San Francisco
  • Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.    Walk to Breakout Session Rooms

Afternoon Session

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.    Connecting Transdisciplinary Research to Multiple Stakeholders 

Session 1:   Academic-Industry Partnerships on New Research Frontiers

Location: Room A (Conference Center)

Session Description: This session will explore how academia is partnering with industry to develop new breakthroughs for pressing global problems.

  • Chair:  Paul Dodd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives (USA) 

Tackling Big Science Challenges with Research Innovation 

  • Speaker:  Michael Battaglia, Research Director, Agriculture and Social Change CSIRO (Australia) 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Sharing Knowledge between Academia and Industry

  • Speaker: Rosa Grimaldi, professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; Deputy Rector for Entrepreneurship, University of Bologna (Italy) 

Driving Industry Engagement and Partnerships with Universities: Perspectives from the South Asia/ASEAN Region

  • Speaker: Lily Chan, Chief Executive Officer, NUS Enterprise, National University of Singapore (Singapore) 

Developing New Technologies in Data Communications through Collaboration

  • Speaker: Paul Townsend, Director, Irish Photonic Innovation Center (IPIC), Tyndall National Institute (Ireland) 

Session 2:  Applying Critical Research for Global Challenges 

Location: Room B (Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art)

Session Description: This session will explore the perspectives of other stakeholders, including funders and government agencies, on the research landscape and the current and emerging global challenges that require sustained research efforts.

  • Chair: Montague W. Demment (Tag), Vice President for International Programs, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) (USA) 

Research Support for Policy and Practice Change

  • Speaker: Gabriele Bammer, Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health,  ANU College of Health and Medicine (Australia) 

Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research: Partnering with Practitioners 

  • Speaker: Lorne Whitehead, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Colombia (Canada)

Engaging Globally on Common Agricultural Challenges

  • Speaker: Otto Gonzalez, Center for International Programs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture,  United States Department of Agriculture (USA) 

The Role of Federally Supported Research in Supporting Critical Research

  • Speaker: Jessica Robin, Countries and Regions Cluster Lead, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (USA) 

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.        Walk to Next Session / Coffee / Networking Break

Location: Conference Center Lobby

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Leadership Roundtable: Higher Education Strategies for Research in an Uncertain World

Location: Conference Center Ballroom

Session Description: This session will highlight the ways in which political, economic and social shifts at the national, regional and global levels are necessitating new approaches to international research and partnerships for higher education institutions.               

  • Chair: Roger Brindley, University of South Florida (USF) System Vice President, USF World (USA)

Title TBD

  • Speaker: Dolores O’Riordan, Vice President for Global Engagement, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Connecting Research to Citizen Concerns

  • Speaker: Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs University of Minnesota (USA) 

Global Engagement and Empowerment for Sustainable Development

  • Speaker: Shinki An, Director, Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment of Yonsei University (South Korea) 

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.        Concluding Remarks

  • Speaker: Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor, Global Affairs, UC Davis (USA)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.       Conference Reception

Location: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art 

  • Speaker: Gary S. May, Chancellor, UC Davis (USA)