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5 reasons to join us for UC’s Research + Innovation Week 2022

5 reasons to join us for UC’s Research + Innovation Week 2022

Findings Staff Report | March 8, 2022

The University of Cincinnati’s Research + Innovation Week 2022 is just around the corner, March 28-April 1, and here at the Office of Research, we can tell you there is a lot going on.

The theme this year is Confronting Crisis and whether you’re a UC student, faculty member, staff, one of our many research partners or an interested member of the public—there’s something for everyone.

Reasons to check out R+I 22:

1. Join UC’s president, provost and vice president for research for a virtual State of Research Town Hall.

The University of Cincinnati has big things happening related to research and you’re invited to the State of Research Town Hall, 4-5:30 p.m. March 28, where UC leaders will review the past year’s accomplishments, share updates on the Research2030 strategic plan, and take questions, which can be submitted ahead of the event.


2. See some of our most exciting researchers in action, competing for $25,000.

What’s better than a single researcher with a viable, valuable idea? An interdiscplinary team of researchers working on a viable, valuable idea. Monday is also the OoR Collaborative Research Advancement Program Pitch Day, where 11 finalists, each representing a research team, will pitch a collaborative research idea to a panel of reviewers in an effort to land a $25,000 internal Pilot Grant.

Pitch Day is a virtual event, and you will want to watch! You’re invited to pop in for pitches that interest you on a variety of research ideas related to topics such as transportation, energy, medicine, history, climate, nanotechnology and more. Plus, Pitch Day gives UC researchers the opportunity to see what the OoR finalist pitch process is all about – important insider info for those interested in other OoR funding opportunities.

Pitches and subsequent Q/As run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. See Monday’s calendar for a full schedule.


3. Join a 50-minute virtual session with some of our community research partners, such as the Urban League and the community of Avondale.

Part of our Research2030 strategic vision involves doing research that illuminates problems and applies community-partnered solutions to improve lives in our cities. We can’t do it in a vacuum. At UC, we partner with communities for collaborative change.

That’s why UC created the Community Change Collaborative, (also known as C3), which focuses on developing communities of change to tackle complex societal problems. C3 is currently supporting projects that will be presenting in sessions on Urban Futures Day, Wednesday, March 30.

  • 9 a.m. Step Up to Art: A public art project on some of Cincinnati’s wonderfully unique urban stairways aims to improve the emotional and physical health of those living around them. RSVP HERE
  • 10 a.m. Avondale Neighborhood History Initiative: A community-led project empowering residents of Cincinnati’s largest Black neighborhood to discover, preserve and present the neighborhood’s history. RSVP HERE 
  • 11 a.m. Climate Resilience Planning for a More Equitable Cincinnati: A community-partnered project that’s identifying and addressing environmental injustices in our urban communities. RSVP HERE
  • 1 p.m. The Collaborative for Transdisciplinary Justice Transformation: Join a discussion with a group working on new and more equitable approaches to the American justice system, with a panel that includes UC’s Janet Moore, a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Cinnamon Pelly, chief operating officer of the Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio. RSVP HERE

4. Interested in crypto? Leadership and allyship? Academic publishing? Or a fan of CNBC co-anchor Jon Fortt?

Ethics have always been and will always be important at UC—and that certainly goes for our research. This year, UC launched the Cincinnati Ethics Center, an initiative that aims to bring faculty together with the community to work on tough ethical issues of mutual importance to UC and our external communities.

On Thursday, Ethics Day, the center has put together a valuable series of virtual events:

  • 9-10 a.m. Interactive workshop: Leadership and Allyship RSVP HERE
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. A conversation: Ethical Issues with Cryptocurrency RSVP HERE
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. “Leadership in Crisis” with CNBC co-anchor Jon Fortt RSVP HERE
  • 4-5 p.m. Ethics and Equity in Academic Publishing RSVP HERE

5. Interested in the ethics of global health and social justice?

The highlight of Ethics Day is the annual Hutton Lecture. This year, UC has invited one of the world’s leading researchers on global health ethics to talk about her work. Bridget Pratt, Ph.D., is a senior research fellow in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She is also associate faculty in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Pratt’s research interests include the ethics of global health research, health systems and urban planning, with a focus on equity, social justice and ecological justice. In her work, she uses a combination of applied philosophy and qualitative methods, reflecting her belief that the most robust ethical guidance is informed by both theory and practice.

The Hutton Lecture is 5-6 p.m. Thursday, March 31. RSVP HERE

For a full schedule of R+I 22 events, visit our Research Week webpage. See you there!