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© 2015 Duke CGGC
DUKE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SSRI):
AN OVERVIEW
Astana, Kazakhstan
November 18, 2015
Mike Hens...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
AGENDA
1. Institutional History of Duke SSRI
2. Evolution of Duke SSRI
 “Pre-2013 Duke SSRI”
 “2015 Duk...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF DUKE SSRI
© 2015 Duke CGGC
DUKE SSRI
• Duke University 2001 strategic plan envisaged catalytic
presence in interdisciplinary social ...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Economies of Scale
• Shared Resources
Connecting
Communities
WHY DOES SSRI EXIST?
5
© 2015 Duke CGGC
EVOLUTION OF DUKE SSRI
© 2015 Duke CGGC
“Pre-2013 SSRI”
7
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Year 1: Construction &Planning for
Gross Hall Move
Year 2: Move to Gross Hall and Pilot
Infrastructure in...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
9
© 2015 Duke CGGC
FITTING THE “NEW” SSRI INTO THE
INTERDISCIPLINARY LANDSCAPE AT DUKE
© 2015 Duke CGGC
SSRI RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE
11
© 2015 Duke CGGC
12
© 2015 Duke CGGC
EMERGING BIG “TREES” OF CONNECTED COMMUNITIES
13
EHDi
Educational
Programs
Research
Working
Groups
Bass
P...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
DUKE SSRI
• So, how does this “interdisciplinary”
idea really function?
14
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Successful division of labor
…
Physics
…
Philosophy
Chemistry
Biology
Mathematics
Statistics
Economics
Po...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Example of 21st Century Challenge
…
Physics
…
Philosophy
Chemistry
Biology
Mathematics
Statistics
Economi...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Example of 21st Century Challenge
……
Philosophy
Mathematics
Statistics
Economics
PoliticalScience
History...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Example of 21st Century Challenge
……
Mathematics
Statistics
Economics
Literature
TheArts
Health care
The ...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Example of 21st Century Challenge
……
Literature
TheArts
Health care
Big data has
emerged as a
means for l...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Example of 21st Century Challenge
Health care
… and the arts
provide an
enduring forum
to explore,
commun...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
• Among the new ‘big
trees’ of connected
communities in the
interdisciplinary
landscape at Duke is
one ca...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
22
The North Carolina in the Global
Economy project has existed at
Duke CGGC for many years and is
now ga...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
•Intersection of
Social Science
and Medicine
EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (CONT’D)
23
© 2015 Duke CGGC
An early motivating example …
Guillermo Sapiro is a
newly recruited faculty
member in Electrical
Engineer...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Different Expertise, Shared interests
Guillermo knows how
to use data on what
humans detect to teach
mach...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Introductions Are made …
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Introductions Are made … and in idea is Born
100’s of videos …
… and machines that
learn from video to do...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Begins …
Within weeks of meeting, they integrated their labs and the
wor...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
“2015 DUKE SSRI”
• At a university such as Duke, where the medical,
engineering and social science commun...
© 2015 Duke CGGC
http://www.cggc.duke.edu
mike.hensen@duke.edu
Mike Hensen
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Duke Social Science Research Institute (SSRI): An Overview

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Assistant Director of Duke CGGC, Mike Hensen, gave this presentation at the Regional Competitiveness and Growth Center (RCGC) launch event in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Duke Social Science Research Institute (SSRI): An Overview

  1. 1. © 2015 Duke CGGC DUKE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SSRI): AN OVERVIEW Astana, Kazakhstan November 18, 2015 Mike Hensen Duke University, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness
  2. 2. © 2015 Duke CGGC AGENDA 1. Institutional History of Duke SSRI 2. Evolution of Duke SSRI  “Pre-2013 Duke SSRI”  “2015 Duke SSRI” 3. Fitting the “New” SSRI into the Interdisciplinary Landscape at Duke 2
  3. 3. © 2015 Duke CGGC INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF DUKE SSRI
  4. 4. © 2015 Duke CGGC DUKE SSRI • Duke University 2001 strategic plan envisaged catalytic presence in interdisciplinary social science research and education • SSRI opened its doors in 2003 as one of Duke’s signature institutes and Centers • For the first 10 years, SSRI served as an incubator or umbrella institute for disparate research centers directed by individual Duke professors • Provided administrative support to the centers in the areas of finance, information technology, human resources, grant administration and communications 4
  5. 5. © 2015 Duke CGGC Economies of Scale • Shared Resources Connecting Communities WHY DOES SSRI EXIST? 5
  6. 6. © 2015 Duke CGGC EVOLUTION OF DUKE SSRI
  7. 7. © 2015 Duke CGGC “Pre-2013 SSRI” 7
  8. 8. © 2015 Duke CGGC Year 1: Construction &Planning for Gross Hall Move Year 2: Move to Gross Hall and Pilot Infrastructure in Gross Hall Year 3: Introduction of fully operational “New SSRI” to Campus and incubate communities 3 YEAR TRANSITION TO “NEW” SSRI 8
  9. 9. © 2015 Duke CGGC 9
  10. 10. © 2015 Duke CGGC FITTING THE “NEW” SSRI INTO THE INTERDISCIPLINARY LANDSCAPE AT DUKE
  11. 11. © 2015 Duke CGGC SSRI RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE 11
  12. 12. © 2015 Duke CGGC 12
  13. 13. © 2015 Duke CGGC EMERGING BIG “TREES” OF CONNECTED COMMUNITIES 13 EHDi Educational Programs Research Working Groups Bass Projects University Partnership Incubating Research Projects Data Repositories Community Projects Pilot Projects
  14. 14. © 2015 Duke CGGC DUKE SSRI • So, how does this “interdisciplinary” idea really function? 14
  15. 15. © 2015 Duke CGGC Successful division of labor … Physics … Philosophy Chemistry Biology Mathematics Statistics Economics PoliticalScience Sociology Psychology Anthropology History Classics Literature TheArts This evolution of disciplinary specialization has led to the most extraordinary advance in human knowledge and well-being. So why isn’t it good enough? CLAIM: The most pressing challenges we face in the 21st Century cannot be addressed from within separated disciplines.
  16. 16. © 2015 Duke CGGC Example of 21st Century Challenge … Physics … Philosophy Chemistry Biology Mathematics Statistics Economics PoliticalScience Sociology Psychology Anthropology History Classics Literature TheArts Health care Clinical research of course continues to be vital … … as does the search for more sophisticated technological advances. But we now understand that behavioral choices are as important to medical outcomes as clinical treatments. Which disciplines matter?
  17. 17. © 2015 Duke CGGC Example of 21st Century Challenge …… Philosophy Mathematics Statistics Economics PoliticalScience History Classics Literature TheArts Health care But we now understand that behavioral choices are as important to medical outcomes as clinical treatments. The historical context gives rise to the political constraints reformers face … … and provides the backdrop for deep ethical inquiry as health care changes.
  18. 18. © 2015 Duke CGGC Example of 21st Century Challenge …… Mathematics Statistics Economics Literature TheArts Health care The historical context gives rise to the political constraints reformers face … … and provides the backdrop for deep ethical inquiry as health care changes. Big data has emerged as a means for linking clinical and behavioral choices as medicine becomes more targeted …
  19. 19. © 2015 Duke CGGC Example of 21st Century Challenge …… Literature TheArts Health care Big data has emerged as a means for linking clinical and behavioral choices as medicine becomes more targeted … … and the arts provide an enduring forum to explore, communicate and humanize the issues we confront.
  20. 20. © 2015 Duke CGGC Example of 21st Century Challenge Health care … and the arts provide an enduring forum to explore, communicate and humanize the issues we confront. Each discipline can individually make its mark on the health care challenges of our time, but collaborations across disciplines can create more than the sum of its parts.
  21. 21. © 2015 Duke CGGC • Among the new ‘big trees’ of connected communities in the interdisciplinary landscape at Duke is one called ‘Education and Human Development, (EHD) • Themes within EHD Emerging bottom up EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 21
  22. 22. © 2015 Duke CGGC 22 The North Carolina in the Global Economy project has existed at Duke CGGC for many years and is now gaining new momentum as a project within this Education and Human Development focus.
  23. 23. © 2015 Duke CGGC •Intersection of Social Science and Medicine EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (CONT’D) 23
  24. 24. © 2015 Duke CGGC An early motivating example … Guillermo Sapiro is a newly recruited faculty member in Electrical Engineering. His expertise is machine learning, particularly in relation to video. Helen Egger is head of the Division of Duke Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. They both have an interest in the autism spectrum in children but have very different, non-overlapping expertise.
  25. 25. © 2015 Duke CGGC Different Expertise, Shared interests Guillermo knows how to use data on what humans detect to teach machines how to detect the same thing – perhaps better than the humans. Helen has hundreds of hours of video of young children being screened for autism – which is very hard to detect in young children -- by skilled professionals. They live their professional lives in very different parts of the university, each running their own separate labs.
  26. 26. © 2015 Duke CGGC Introductions Are made …
  27. 27. © 2015 Duke CGGC Introductions Are made … and in idea is Born 100’s of videos … … and machines that learn from video to do it even better than humans What if we could design a cheap camera that could track eyes and head movements and identify early indicators of autism?
  28. 28. © 2015 Duke CGGC Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Begins … Within weeks of meeting, they integrated their labs and the work began. They brought undergraduates with different technical skills into their teams.
  29. 29. © 2015 Duke CGGC “2015 DUKE SSRI” • At a university such as Duke, where the medical, engineering and social science communities occupy significant shared intellectual and physical space, there is huge potential in exploring the potential collaborations between these communities. • SSRI is in a unique position to catalyze that collaboration. 29
  30. 30. © 2015 Duke CGGC http://www.cggc.duke.edu mike.hensen@duke.edu Mike Hensen 30

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