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Reducing the Impact of Infectious Diseases by Supporting Trans-Disciplinary Academic Research

Building Bridges Lecture Series

March 25, 2019 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Building Bridges Lecture Series is organized by the Pan-University Institutes in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The goal of this series is to strengthen the culture of trans-disciplinary research at the University of Virginia. The series will highlight discoveries at the interface of disciplines that address the world’s biggest challenges, build bridges between disparate areas of study, and connect cutting-edge research with the broader community. RSVP required: (

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Given the complexity of current societal change, impactful action is anticipated to come from insights that span multiple academic disciplines and gain support across a range of interest groups within society. Advancing the art and practice of transdisciplinary work requires learning how to remove of institutional barriers to collaboration, the development of collaborative technologies, and dedicated staff to facilitate activities. Join us as Madhav Marathe PhD shares his experience as the inaugural Building Bridges lecturer.


MADHAV MARATHE Ph.D. is the Division Director of the Networks Simulation Science & Advanced Computing (NSSAC) Division at the Biocomplexity Institute & Initiative, and a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, SIAM, and AAAS, and was the 2011 Inaugural George Michael Distinguished Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Marathe holds a BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Chennai, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University at Albany-SUNY.