October 29, 2012
Scientific Discovery, Inspired by a Walk to the Restroom
In the push to increase research collaboration, studies try to identify the building-design elements that really matter.
Faculty are under increasing pressure to pursue interdisciplinary research. Universities have tried redesigning lab facilities and redrawing departmental lines of authority. Grant-writing agencies have tried setting aside money specifically for collaborative projects.
Could researchers' trips to the bathroom be an opportunity, too?
A new University of Michigan analysis may provide a reason to consider it. The study led by Jason Owen-Smith, an associate professor of sociology