“This day is about creating connections,” said Dr. Clifton Griffin, dean of graduate studies and research, as he kicked off Salisbury University's second Research Day and Innovation Showcase on Friday, October 3. Such links could be between faculty members in different departments or with the greater region, he added.
Scholars from across campus, students on longboards, community members and others gathered in Perdue Hall's Bennett Family Auditorium to learn about engaging faculty work through a series of nine TED-style talks. Dr. Frank Shipper of SU's Management and Marketing Department began the afternoon with a discussion of how shared entrepreneurship is a next-generation workforce strategy.
Others that followed explored everything from the comeback of the bald eagle, to coastal flooding and Amazon deforestation, to communication in the early Atlantic World and today via social media, to teaching strategies for mental health nursing and for reading and writing. Dr. John Wesley Wright of the Music Department also included vocal performance as part of his exploration of Leonard Bernstein's Mass. A reception and evening showcase of campus outreach organizations followed.
“A university affords many opportunities for intellectual growth and expansion of ideas,” said Dr. Diane Allen, SU's provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, citing Research Day as an excellent example. “I continue to be impressed with the breadth of expertise at Salisbury University.”
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