ABOUT RESEARCH + INNOVATION WEEK / 21

R&I Week 2021 is a week-long celebration of disruptive ideas, applied solutions and the real-world impacts UC research, scholarship, and creative activities have on Cincinnati, the region, and beyond. The theme of R&I Week is Digital Futures.

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Digital Futures is a state-of-the-art research facility currently under construction at the MLK-71 interchange in Cincinnati’s emerging Innovation District. Target completion: Fall 2022. Get a sneak peek of the building here!

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Digital Futures is a major research initiative of Research2030, UC’s 10-year plan for research. The Digital Futures research program is all about advancing imaginative, collaborative, and use-inspired research that leverages technology to make the future more equitable and brighter for all through applied, scalable solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Check out the DF teams here!

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Digital Futures is the theme of R&I Week 2021 because the UC Office of Research is excited about UC’s first interdisciplinary research facility, unveiling our strategy and operational framework, and showcasing the innovative, inclusive and impactful work the faculty, students and staff engaged with Digital Futures and the Urban Futures Pathway are already doing.

FOCUS AREAS RESEARCH + INNOVATION WEEK / 21

education

Quality Education

Our promise to UC students is simple: Every Bearcat graduates with a clear focus on cultivating their ideal future. We are also passionate about early childhood and K-12 education.

Goal: Providing students of all ages with a high-quality education that sparks curiosity, nurtures creativity, embodies cultural sensitivity, cultivates a love for learning, and equips people with the next level skills necessary for success in work and life.

health

Health & Well-being

At UC, we take our responsibility for the health and well-being of our children, our community and of society, seriously. In partnership with our affiliates at CCHMC, Hoxworth, and the VA, UC researchers, clinicians, nurses and health & wellness professionals and providers are actively caring for, healing, and saving lives.

Goal: Prevention, quality care, equitable access, and the next cure.

society and economy

Society and Economy

UC is focused on enhancing the impact our institution has in Greater Cincinnati, our region and beyond. We are actively developing strategic alliances and partnering to address real-world problems on both a local and global scale.

Goal: To create a brighter, more healthy, safe, and equitable future for all.

Check out our awesome thought leaders!

Schedule

College Day
Monday, March 29, 2021

Urban Futures Day
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Digital Futures Day
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Ethics Day
Thursday, April 01, 2021

College Day
Friday, April 02, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Advanced Air Mobility - Jobs and Economic Impact in Ohio

Flashpoint Series #4 - Presented by the Digital Futures Democracy and Culture Institute


Virtual



The future of advanced air mobility is here. Delivery drones, air taxis, eVTOLs – these platforms will play an important role in the 21st century and Ohio is uniquely positioned to lead the way through academic collaboration with industry. Join the Office of Research Digital Futures Initiative during Research and Innovation Week 2021 as we discuss how this new industry will lead to jobs, positive economic impact and advances in technology. Register Here

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Collaborative Research Advancement Program – Pilots

Finalist Pitch Day


Virtual



Consistent with Office of Research goals to spur interdisciplinary research and establish new partnerships within and beyond the institution, the Collaborative Research Advancement program is meant to encourage both internal and external collaboration; enable new teams and/or new lines of research; and stimulate research that embraces intellectual diversity and addresses issues of increasing societal significance. Pitch day features finalists delivering a 10-minute presentation and Q&A to discuss their proposed research activities.

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Professional Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Presented by the UC Ethics Center - Speaker: Michael C. Loui, Ph.D.


Virtual



I will identify similarities between the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and the ethics of a profession such as engineering. Just as codes of professional ethics define the standards for trustworthiness in professional practice, so too do the obligations of RCR set the standards for the trustworthiness of academic research. I will show short video vignettes to illustrate several RCR issues that occur in research activities across academic disciplines, such as plagiarism, mentoring, peer review, and data management.

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Research and Innovation 2021 Kick-Off

Research2030 Launch


Virtual



Please join us for the Research & Innovation Week 2021 Kickoff! We will be announcing the launch of Research2030, UC's 10-year strategic plan to be recognized as a Top 25 Public Research University.

We will deliver an overview of Research2030, university leadership will be available for Q&A and there will be a keynote address delivered by Drew Boyd.

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Community Impact through the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

Moderated by Michael Jones, Executive Director of the Kautz-Uible Economics Institute


Virtual



The University of Cincinnati’s Urban Futures Pathway, the Kautz-Uible Economics Institute, and the Leadership Council for Nonprofits partnered together this past year to provide training on nonprofit board governance to fifteen UC faculty and staff. Individuals who participate in the initiative bring their expertise and time to a local nonprofit organization. In this session, the panelists will discuss how and why they decided to impact the Cincinnati community through their nonprofit board service. 

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
See something, say something? The ethical dilemmas of whistleblowing

Presented by the UC Ethics Center - Speaker: Ross Wright, JD


Virtual



The challenge that organizations and individuals face is not adherence to platitudes and policies, but the operationalization of ethics and compliance in the real world.  Using real world examples we will discuss the ethical challenges and consequences of speaking up.  

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Equitable Cities: Panel, Pitch, and Possibilities

Moderated by Sean Kelly, Director of Talent Pipeline Initiative at STEM Career Development Partnership


Virtual



This session centers on the UC Community Change Collaborative's request for community-engaged research proposals focused on equitable cities. Community leaders will share perspectives on what considerable assets and resources can be tapped within the community to promote an equitable Cincinnati. This will be followed by a discussion with UC faculty about how faculty-community partnerships can be leveraged to address community-prioritized areas.

 

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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy

Presented by UC Press, UC Office of Research & The Mercantile Library


Virtual



The University of Cincinnati Press open access publication edited by Rebecca S. Wingo, Jason A. Heppler, and Paul Schadewald, Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy has won 2021 Best New Book of the Year from the National Council on Public History. Each year, the Council selects one book in the area of public history theory, study or practice.

We invite you to join the editors and one of their community collaborators, Mr. Marvin Roger Anderson, for a discussion about community engagement with academia, ethical engagement with digital research and technology and the future of open-access publishing. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Crystal Moten, Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and we will have time for a Q&A – please submit questions in advance to research@uc.edu.

Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy is available for free via open access on Manifold, click here to check it out!  

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8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Emerging Technologies in Literacy: How EdTech is Helping Our Children Learn to Read

Flashpoint Series #1 - Presented by the Digital Futures Democracy and Culture Institute


Virtual



As the adage goes, children learn to read so they can read to learn. Our panel of researchers, industry leaders, and policy makers will explore how parents and teachers can help stimulate their young learners during this period of virtual learning spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. They will also discuss the future of EdTech as it relates to literacy in the U.S. education system.

Panelists:
Renee Seward – Founder of See Word Design, Associate Professor of Communication Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, and Digital Futures Lab Leader
Mike Tholfsen – Principal Group Product Manager at Microsoft Education. Responsible for Microsoft's inclusive classroom product strategy, focusing on empowering students of all abilities.
Kent Kanipe – Vice President, Engineering – Learning A-Z, an education technology company dedicated to expanding literacy through thoughtfully designed resources
Melissa Weber-Mayrer – Director of the Office of Approaches to Teaching and Professional Learning, Ohio Department of Education

Moderator:
Jai Chabria – Former Senior Advisor to Ohio Governor John Kasich and current Managing Director at Mercury, a Global Strategy Firm

 

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Advanced Air Mobility - Jobs and Economic Impact in Ohio

Flashpoint Series #4 - Presented by the Digital Futures Democracy and Culture Institute


Virtual



The future of advanced air mobility is here. Delivery drones, air taxis, eVTOLs – these platforms will play an important role in the 21st century and Ohio is uniquely positioned to lead the way through academic collaboration with industry. Join the Office of Research Digital Futures Initiative during Research and Innovation Week 2021 as we discuss how this new industry will lead to jobs, positive economic impact and advances in technology.

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Connecting Technology and Place in Cities of the Future

Flashpoint Series #2 - Presented by the Digital Futures Democracy and Culture Institute


Virtual



The University of Cincinnati Office of Research recently launched a series of conversations of consequence that take democracy and culture to the next level. Alongside UC thought leaders, our forums will feature speakers from the community, the private sector, and government. People like you, who are interested in solving problems of local, national and global significance, should attend. Our next forum will focus on placemaking and how UC’s new Digital Futures research facility, which will be the place where technology, community, government and the private sector convene and collaborate for the betterment of society.

Featured speakers:
Jennifer Vey– Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program & Director - Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking, Brookings Institution
Russell Hairston– President and Executive Director – Avondale Development Corporation
Andrew Deye– Vice President, Strategy – JobsOhio
Jess Kropczynski–University of Cincinnati – Digital Futures Smart Synergies Lab Leader – Community Change Collaborative Smart & Connected Fellow
Moderator: Jai Chabria– Mercury – Former Senior Advisor to Ohio Governor John Kasich

 

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ethics in AI: A question of fairness

Presented by the UC Ethics Center - Speaker: Lauren Rhue, Ph.D.


Virtual



Bias can emerge from artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) from many reasons (e.g., AI/ML learns historical bias, AI/ML learns from incomplete datasets). As organizations across a variety of new industries and areas implement AI/ML, it poses an ethical challenge. Organizations need to balance the ethical concerns of AI/ML fairness and anti-bias with the business benefits of AI/ML such as increased accuracy and profits. This presentation discusses evidence of AI bias in multiple contexts, some of the challenges in identifying AI bias, and some of the legal and societal implications of AI bias. Furthermore, I would discuss how algorithms exist within a decision-making framework and can/cannot induce bias in people.

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1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Introduction to Digital Futures


Virtual



Join us for a conversation about Digital Futures - the outstanding new building under construction, the fantastic work being done by the lab leaders and our unique vision for the future of research.

Featuring:

Dr. Patrick Limbach, Vice President for Research
Jennifer Krivickas, Associate Vice President for Research
John Seibert, Associate Vice President, Planning Design & Construction
Zach Zettler, Principal, GBBN

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2:30 PM - 3:50 PM
Trusted Democracy in the Digital Age

Flashpoint Series #3 - Presented by the Digital Futures Democracy and Culture Institute


Virtual



After our nation’s 59th presidential inauguration, our panel will discuss democracy, trust in institutions, and the role of information in the digital age.  Framed by last November’s historic election, our panelists will help us understand the types of messaging that bolster and undermine confidence in electoral integrity, and how delegitimization campaigns can and should be addressed now and in the future.

Featured speakers:
Katie Harbath– Director of Public Policy and Global Elections - Facebook
Trey Grayson– Former Secretary of State – Kentucky & Director - CivicPoint

Richard Harknett– Professor of Political Science and Department Head, Digital Futures Cyber Security Lab Leader – University of Cincinnati
Anna Palmer - Punch Bowl News
Moderator: Jai Chabria– Mercury – Former Senior Advisor to Ohio Governor John Kasich

 

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
IQ E-Pitch Competition Awards Ceremony


Zoom



The IQE-Pitch Competition is a valuable opportunity to express innovative, and new ideas to a panel of judges from the local and regional start-up community.  IQE-Pitch is a campus-wide event, open to all UC students for a chance to win a share of up to $20,000 in awards.  The 2021 competition is completely virtual and video submissions were due March 19th.  We look forward to awarding the winners of this year’s competition at the 2021 Award Ceremony via zoom on March 31st. We are pleased to announce a keynote address by Mike Venerable, CEO of CincyTech USA!

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ethics Bowl Champions: UC’s Inaugural Team Takes Home APPE Intercollegiate Title

Moderator: Vanessa Carbonell


Virtual



Featuring Ethics Bowl Team Members and Coach (Daniel Mattox)

Learn about UC’s Inaugural Ethics Bowl team which recently competed and won the national title in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Ethics Bowl team members, the coach, and their mentor will explain what an ethics bowl is and how they prepared and competed against schools across the country. Interested in joining the team for next year? Learn how you can get involved!

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Citizen Science and Human Genomic Research: Ethical and Social Implications

Hutton Ethics Lecture - Speaker: Eric Juengst, Ph.D.


Virtual



Eric T. Juengst, PhD serves as the Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics and as Professor in the Departments of Social Medicine and Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His lecture “Citizen Science and Human Genomic Research: Ethical and Social Implications” aims to define "citizen science", familiarize the audience with a variety of current approaches to involving the public in human genome research and the projects that exemplify them, like the U.S. national “All of Us” Initiative, and to appreciate the personal privacy risks of genomic research participation and approaches to addressing them. 

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7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Surveillance of Students: An Ethical Travesty or Necessity?

Presented by the UC Ethics Center - Speaker: Bryan Warnick, Ph.D.


Virtual



In this talk, I respond to the increasing use of surveillance cameras in public schools by examining the ethical questions raised by their use. I explore the extent of a student’s right to privacy in schools, stipulate how video surveillance is similar to and different from commonly accepted in-person surveillance practices, and discuss the possible impact of surveillance technology on educational environments. In response to the ethical concerns I raise, I offer five suggestions for how schools can use video surveillance technology in more ethically sensitive ways.

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ethics: The Secret to Effective Leadership?

Presented by the UC Ethics Center - Speaker: Andrew Cullison, Ph.D.


Virtual



In this talk, I argue that the secret to effective leadership rests in being good at a set of skills called "moral reasoning skills". In the first part, I highlight a specific set of skills that are the ideal learning outcomes that come from the study of ethics. I call these skills "moral reasoning skills". In the second part, I discuss several widely cited models of effective leadership and offer a unifying account of these apparently disparate theories. I show that many of the traits these theories identify as the secret to effective leadership either are one of these moral reasoning skills or could not be had without being good at one of these moral reasoning skills. In the third part, I provide an analysis of the empirical literature exploring the connections between moral reasoning and effective leadership which provides further confirmation that ethics really might be the secret ingredient to effective leadership.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Research and Innovation Week Faculty Awards Ceremony


Virtual



Past Event Highlights

Research Week 2018

Research + Innovation Week Awards Ceremony

The 2018 Awardees were honored for their outstanding Faculty Excellence, Mentoring, and Core Values during the closing ceremony of the week.

Research Week 2019

Acute Care Research Symposium

The Acute Care Research Council is bringing together expertise across the AHC to foster collaboration and empower ACR stakeholders amidst the ever-challenging risks that are unique to the acute care setting. Presentations included EFIC trials from CCHMC and UC, updates on changes to the Common Rule, Research vs. Critical Illness, and concluded with an audience-participation panel session.

Research Week 2018

The Presidential Kickoff

The President of the University of Cincinnati, Neville G. Pinto, kicked off Research + Innovation Week by welcoming thought leaders and intellectuals over refreshments.

Research Week 2018

Instrumentations, Intelligence, Abundance, & Resilience

Thought leaders explored animal behaviors, climate change, & environmental impacts while focusing on water quality & purification technology.

Research Week 2018

Hutton Ethics Leadership – Informed Consent: Evidence and Practice

Approaches to gaining respect and consent in the research recruitment process were evaluated through informed and practical applications.

Research Week 2018

Disruption !

The UC Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition gave inventors & entrepreneurs the opportunity to present a short "elevator pitch" to investors in order to commercialize their ideas and launch start-up ventures.