Discovery Park

Faculty

  1. How does Discovery Park support large, interdisciplinary research initiatives?

    Bart Collins, Director, Healthcare Communications
    “Locating colleagues in other departments who share common research interests is difficult. My association with Discovery Park has allowed me to make many key connections with colleagues. These relationships have resulted in several funded research opportunities that I would not have developed otherwise.”

    Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Foods and Nutrition
    “I believe that just having a Discovery Park boiler plate to insert into large grants gives us an edge over competition at other universities. Beyond the support that Discovery Park represents for the University toward interdisciplinary research, Discovery Park has facilities that are not available in our department and has the staff to support one stop shopping for logistics involved in projects that span many individual units.  The attitude of the staff is “can do”.”

    R. Graham Cooks, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
    “Discovery Park is a nexus point; an electronic and physical place of intersection; A connection with Discovery Park helps one identify collaborators, opportunities and resources.”

    Jayathi Y. Murthy, Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, PRISM

    “Discovery Park allows me to communicate across disciplinary boundaries, to identify challenging research problems and to find collaborators.”

  2. How do Discovery Park resources (including people expertise) make large research initiatives more efficient for faculty?

    Bart Collins, Director, Healthcare Communications
    “The structure of Discovery Park creates an exciting interdisciplinary environment that allows faculty the opportunity to be a part of larger research initiatives. The center directors and support staff do a fantastic job creating research opportunities and organizing activities and resources to facilitate faculty work.”

    Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Foods and Nutrition
    “In addition to what I described above, the capacity building grants and equipment grants that come through Discovery Park are taking us to a new level. In my experience with a vitamin D analysis research core capacity building grant, it couldn’t have happened without Discovery Park. The idea had been tossed around in my department for years. Vitamin D analysis is the limiting step for this hot area of research as we learn how many disease conditions are linked to vitamin D deficiency and having several investigators with expertise in vitamin D without the ability to measure it was a huge barrier. The fact that we are building it is appreciated by Purdue faculty, IUSM, and is getting notice around the world. Discovery Park personnel are intimate partners with us in developing the methods. We foresee contributing methods that don’t yet exist for analyzing vitamin D metabolites on chips.”

    R. Graham Cooks, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
    “Discovery Park has in some ways made a large University a smaller entity. Efficiency goes up. All the activities have shorter timelines, fewer intermediaries. As national funding continues to move towards larger initiatives, the importance of Discovery Park will only increase. Lone ranger scientists are on the way out.”

    Jayathi Y. Murthy, Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, PRISM

    “Discovery Park provides efficient administrative structures that make it easy to put together proposals and budgets and to identify resources. Since they do so much of this, the staff is very experienced, and everything moves very fast.”

  3. How does Discovery Park help you make connections for your activities?

    Bart Collins, Director, Healthcare Communications
    “Much of my own research efforts require active collaboration with healthcare providers around the state. Through Discovery Park's strategic relationships with external organizations, I have access to environments to conduct my research that would have been extremely difficult for me to access as an isolated researcher. These relationships have been key to my current research productivity and have created substantial funding opportunities for myself and my graduate students on a regular basis.”

    Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Foods and Nutrition
    “Discovery Park provided support for putting together the CTSI, a major coup for the university and state. The CTSI is making bonds between Purdue and IUSM accelerate to an unbelievable level.”

    R. Graham Cooks, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
    “I like the Discovery Park – Research Park axis, and think it needs more attention in future.”

    Jayathi Y. Murthy, Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, PRISM

    “Through proposals submitted through Discovery Park, I have been able to form relationships with a core group of researchers in a variety of disciplines. These are like-minded people with complementary talents who like working together. Having a group like this to draw upon is incredibly valuable.”

  4. Would you recommend involvement with Discovery Park to faculty, staff, and students?

    Bart Collins, Director, Healthcare Communications
    “Given the diversity of Center activity within Discovery Park, there are ample opportunities for faculty across all of our schools to become an active part of large research initiatives. I strongly encourage faculty and their students to identify and participate in center activities related to their research interests. The opportunities to network with colleagues working on similar problems is exciting.”

    Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Foods and Nutrition
    “For anyone who wants to expand interdisciplinary research in life science and engineering, to not take advantage of Discovery Park is a missed opportunity.”

    R. Graham Cooks, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
    “It’s not for everyone. There are many very thin slices of pie at the end of even highly successful proposals.  But, there are new modes of operation that can be used repeatedly and new “super-groups” can be constituted, formally or informally, that add muscle to all the members.”

    Jayathi Y. Murthy, Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, PRISM

    “Most exciting engineering research today lies at the intersection of disciplines. Increasingly, funding models don’t support single-investigator proposals. Discovery Park offers a forum for people to take advantage of all that Purdue’s engineering and life sciences communities can offer.”

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