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Occasional Talk with Rieko Yajima

Design Thinking Paradigms to Spur Scientific Discovery and Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration

In 2015, the Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU) spoke to an
auditorium of scientists at AAAS and declared that “Science Must Change Radically to Solve Global Problems”. Indeed, many institutions and funding agencies have mobilized efforts to spur cross- or interdisciplinary efforts to advance scientific discoveries. There is also recognition that human, social, and cultural factors can have a strong impact on scientific innovations. This presentation will discuss on-going work from the Center for Design Research that is exploring how Design Thinking Paradigms (DTPs) might spur scientific discovery and interdisciplinary research collaboration. DTPs have successfully been applied to non-design fields, including engineering, healthcare, and business, through the transfer of design behaviors and practices. The integration of DTPs to basic and translational science efforts is still nascent. These “experiments” with the scientific community become relevant in light of severe competition for funds in a tight budgetary environment, and political and public demands for more rapid transfer of knowledge to produce societally impactful solutions.

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Union, La Paz, Room 242

Lunch will be served.

RSVP by Friday, 3/17 here.

Speaker Bio: Rieko Yajima is a biochemist with interests that lie at the intersection of science and society, which include design and policy. She is currently a visiting research scholar at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University to investigate how Design Thinking Paradigms can catalyze scientific research and innovation. Previously, she worked for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in Washington, DC, where she advised the scientific community on research collaboration, implementation, and evaluation. In 2015, Yajima was elected to the Global Young Academy, a rallying point for outstanding young scientists from around the world to come together to address topics of global importance. She holds a doctorate degree in integrative biosciences from The Pennsylvania State University and served as a science policy fellow at the National Academy of Sciences.