NEXUS – A platform for finding innovative solutions to address societal challenges

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Various researchers will be brought together at a new multidisciplinary research center, with the goal of finding innovative solutions for the major challenges faced by the society such as healthcare, education in early childhood, homelessness, immigration, and the decrease in middle-class families.

The center is known as NEXUS i.e. Interdisciplinary Exchange for Utah Science. It is created by the partnership of CSBS with almost all schools & colleges in U. President of U, Ruth Watkins stated: “NEXUS will be a centerpiece in our effort to join across disciplines as one university to tackle society’s most pressing problems, allowing the U to model what a great public university can accomplish.”

NEXUS will act as a catalyst for competing with challenges of 21st century, as dean of CSBS, Cindy Berg said: “We are tackling the big issues of our time, such as climate change, the obesity crisis, immigration policies, and the growing income gap in our country,” Berg said. “We know that no single discipline or approach can tackle these issues alone, so we bring together faculty and students from multiple disciplines.”

Nexus will provide support for a broadened range of research activities such as seed programs, summer workshops, faculty exchange, UG training programs, conferences, etc.

Cindy said that the seed program will enable researchers in addressing problems like air pollution, to set up their initial efforts in establishing early & feasible results on chief interdisciplinary issues. Further added: “NEXUS will leverage our ability to identify, use and link large data sets, such as the Utah Population Database and existing data from state agencies, to address problems,” Smith said. “Creating the resources and platforms to establish teams of diverse researchers will be a key goal enabled by NEXUS.”

Miller foundation & Mary Wilkes Short Foundation have a greater hand in the establishment of NEXUS. Initially, it will be operated as a provisional center and within three years will achieve eligibility for permanent status.