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7, at which faculty members were invited to meet and talk one-on-one with colleagues from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
The one "rule" for the session, whose purpose was to facilitate the exploration of collaborative research, was that each conversation had to occur within a 7-minute time frame.
Fourteen faculty members from EVMS took part in the event.
Their areas of interest included microfluidics, sensors, imaging, bioelectrics, human factors, behavior, bioinformatics and cancer.
Faculty members from the other five colleges with an interest in exploring research collaborations with their COHS colleagues were invited to attend.
Similar to the protocol at a speed dating event, where singles meet and exchange information with multiple potential partners, the visiting EVMS researchers were able to meet and talk briefly with several ODU researchers over the course of a two-hour period.
Karen Eck, ODU director of research development, had read about another university's speed networking event and decided to give it a try at ODU.
"We had a tremendous response from our side," Kelch noted."Once I sent the email for RSVPs, our slots were filled the same day." "I was happy to participate in the speed networking event between ODU and EVMS faculty," said Dayle Daines, ODU assistant professor of biological sciences.The session was held at the university's Innovation Research Park II.Lisa Alloway Kelch, research development and outreach coordinator for ODU's Office of Research, planned the speed networking event with Eck and their counterparts at EVMS. At 7-minute intervals, she blew a whistle to signal that it was time for the EVMS visitors to move to the next table.
Beverly Roberts-Atwater, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at EVMS, talks to Jing He, ODU associate professor of computer science, at the Aug. It's a proven model in the dating world, so why not apply it to the realm of research?Old Dominion's Office of Research held its second "speed networking" event Aug.