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Pathways to Collaboration

Pathways to Collaboraion

On April 14 - 15, Ohio State faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of government, non-profits, arts organizations and the private sector gathered for presentations, discussions and panels related to the launch of the book, “Pathways to Collaboration at the STEAM Factory.”

The book discusses how we can build a collaborative future in an age of specialization and compartmentalization and what strategies and tactics work to build cooperative teams. In 52 chapters over two volumes, the diverse authors of Pathways to Collaboration explore these questions and more through personal stories of bottling the elusive lightning of collaboration.

The chosen location for the event, the STEAM Factory, was founded in December 2012 by a collection of young and energetic Ohio State faculty, postdocs and staff. It is a diverse and inclusive grass-roots network in the Ohio State community that facilitates creative and interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and dissemination.

Contributors to the book series are leaders at the top of their game, and hail from a wide range of backgrounds. One of those is the Brazilian Henrique Amorim, whose trajectory went from being an Ohio State master’s student in plant biochemistry during the ‘60s, to being a visiting scholar and founder of a successful industry specializing in alcohol and fermentation, Fermentec, in Brazil in the 70s.

Luke Barbara, director of the Brazil Gateway, participated in a panel along with Donnalyn Roxey, Center for Applied Plant Sciences, and Rod Sharp, former Ohio State faculty and one of the lead agents for many of the partnerships discussed in the book.