What is "Convo with Cantwell"?

This monthly live fireside chat is designed to improve communications campus wide and answer your questions about the university's research and innovation enterprise.

As senior vice president for research and innovation, Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell leads the office of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII). We are a service unit responsible for expanding the university's capacity for knowledge creation and discovery; integrating efforts by faculty, students, staff, and executive leaders to move inventions and technologies to the marketplace; increasing the university's connectivity with external collaborators; spearheading industry and public partnerships; and increasing total research funding.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Convo with Cantwell and hearing from you. Open communications are very important.

TO ATTEND THE WEBINAR
Beginning in January 2021, registration is required for each event. Note that you must use your official University of Arizona email address to be approved. You will receive sign-in details, including a password, after your registration is approved.

Before the event, you may email your questions to elenarodriguez@arizona.edu Once logged in, all questions must be submitted via the webinar Q&A.

*Future dates and times listed on the registration page are subject to change.

If you are already registered and approved for the next Convo with Cantwell episode, you should have received a confirmation email from ResearchEvents@arizona.edu (no-reply@zoom.us) with your login details. The subject line should be: "Convo with Cantwell Confirmation." You will need to use the information from that email to join the webinar.

For information on how members of the University of Arizona community can register for upcoming meetings, please email ResearchEvents@arizona.edu.

Episodes

Air Date:
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Join Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, for a "fireside chat" discussion on building your brand with UArizona experts. The discussion will focus on social media, marketing your work, and best practices for building a professional brand and leveraging your identity online to form connections and bring visibility to your work.

Livestream: April 21, 2022 3:00 PM

Topic: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Application at the University of Arizona

Panelists:

Paul E. Brierley, Executive Director, Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

William Duke Pauli, Assistant Professor with the school of Plant Sciences

Murat Kacira, Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program and Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering

Follow RII here: https://twitter.com/uazresearch

Follow Betsy here: https://twitter.com/uarizonasvpri

Air Date:
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Join Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, for a "fireside chat" discussion on building your brand with UArizona experts. The discussion will focus on social media, marketing your work, and best practices for building a professional brand and leveraging your identity online to form connections and bring visibility to your work.

Livestream: March 31, 2022 2:00 PM

Topic: Building Your Brand

Panelists:

Michael D. L. Johnson, Assistant Professor, Immunobiology 
Lehman Benson, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Eller College
Erika Hamden, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy
Rocque Perez, Marketing Strategist, Research, Innovation & Impact

Follow RII here: https://twitter.com/uazresearch
Follow Betsy here: https://twitter.com/uarizonasvpri

 

Air Date:
Friday, February 25, 2022

Join Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, for a "fireside chat" discussion on student experiential learning with UArizona experts. 

Livestream February 25, 2022 10:00am

Topic: Experiential Learning: What it is and why it's important

Panelists:

  • Brian Ellerman, Founding Director, Arizona FORGE
  • Ewan Douglas, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy & Assistant Astronomer, Steward Observatory
  • Rebecca Lipson, TIMESTEP Program Coordinator, UA Societal Impact

The discussion will be livestreamed. Registration is required.

Air Date:
Monday, December 13, 2021

Join us December 13 at 3 p.m. for the next Convo with Cantwell, a monthly "fireside chat" hosted by Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation. December's chat will feature a discussion with three experts on issues related to the complexity of the global supply chain. 

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Monday, December 13, 3 - 4 p.m. 
TOPIC: Ripple Effects of Disruptions in the Global Supply Chain

PANEL OF EXPERTS:

  • Tom Evans, Professor, School of Geography, Development & Environment
  • Ken Gyure, Lecturer, Eller College of Management
  • Wei Hua Lin, Professor, Systems and Industrial Engineering
Air Date:
Monday, November 22, 2021

Join us November 22 at 3 p.m. for the next Convo with Cantwell featuring a discussion with three researchers who traveled to Glasgow for COP26.

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Monday, November 22, 3 - 4 p.m.
TOPIC: COP26: What Happened and What it Means

PANEL OF EXPERTS

More links from the episode:

 

Air Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Join us October 12 at 3 p.m. for the next Convo with Cantwell, featuring a discussion on the future challenges of academic research computing. Panelists include Liesl Folks, Arizona's senior vice president and provost and special guest Barney Maccabe. Division Director, Computer Science and Math at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 3 p.m. 
TOPIC: The Future Challenges of Academic Research Computing

PANEL OF EXPERTS:

  • Liesl Folks, Senior Vice President and Provost
  • Barney Maccabe. Division Director, Computer Science and Math at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Air Date:
Monday, September 27, 2021

Join us Sept. 27 at 1 pm for a special Convo with Cantwell, where we'll follow up with the University's Racial Equity in Research initiative and discuss steps taken, progress made, and work still to be done.  Institutional investments have been made towards increased data transparency, establishing a mentoring institute, improving the bias reporting system, examining promotion and tenure, internal research funds dedicated to examining or addressing racial inequities, developing new training resources and more. Each panelist will provide additional detail and be available to answer your questions.

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Monday, September 27, 1 p.m. 
TOPIC: Toward Achieving Racial Equity in Research: Progress & Next Steps

Our panelists will include:

Join Dr. Cantwell as she leads her monthly live fireside chat designed to improve communications campus wide and answer questions about the University's research and innovation enterprise. Please note, you MUST register for this event even if you've registered for past Convos.

Air Date:
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Join Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, for a discussion on the benefits of open science and open access for researchers. Panelists include Julie E. Miller, assistant professor, College of Science, Nirav Merchant, director, UA Data Science Institute and co-PI, CyVerse, and Bryan Heidorn, professor, School of Information, and director, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies.

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Tuesday, May 25, 2:00 p.m. 
TOPIC: Open science and open access

PANEL OF EXPERTS:

  • Julie E. Miller, Assistant Professor, College of Science, and Member, BIO5 Institute
  • Stephanie Russo Carroll, Assistant Professor of Public Health,  Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute, and Assistant Research Professor at the Udall Center
  • Bryan Heidorn, Professor, School of Information, and Director, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies
Air Date:
Thursday, April 22, 2021

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 3:00 p.m. 
TOPIC: Futurecasting Your Research

Register now for this afternoon's 3:00 p.m. Zoom fireside chat with Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation. The discussion will focus on sentient tools that can leverage artificial intelligence, robotics, intelligent mobility, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and cloud intelligence. This interactive discussion will help you turn a futurecasting lens on your own thinking, potentially driving the kinds of impacts your research can have.

Cyndi Coon, founder and CEO of Laboratory5 Inc., will lead the discussion and provide a demonstration of threatcasting, a conceptual methodology that enables multidisciplinary groups to envision and plan systematically against threats ten years in the future and uses inputs from social science, technical research, cultural history, economics, trends, expert interviews, and even a little science fiction to explore how to transform the future they desire into reality while avoiding an undesired future. A human-centric process, it allows decision-makers and practitioners to imagine what needs to be done today, as well as four and eight years into the future, to empower or disrupt targeted future scenarios.

Additionally, SVP Cantwell will be joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil; Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz.

Resources:

Air Date:
Thursday, March 18, 2021

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Thursday, March 18, 3:00 p.m. 
TOPIC: Women Entrepreneurs: Ideas and Innovation

PANEL OF EXPERTS:

  • Joann MacMaster, Chief Executive Officer, Desert Angels 
  • Sadhana Ravishankar, Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, UArizona
  • Hong Hua, Professor, James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, UArizona
  • Colleen Janczak, Chief Operating Officer, Scintillation Nanotechnologies
Air Date:
Thursday, February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A monthly fireside chat hosted by Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation.

This month’s panel discussion will focus on the research and impacts of UArizona's various Borderlands research projects and will feature Javier Duran, Director, Confluencecenter for Creative Inquiry, Anita Huizar-Hernández, Assistant Professor of Border Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Robin C. Reineke, Assistant Research Social Scientist in Anthropology, and David Taylor, Professor of Art.

In addition to our panel, SVP Cantwell will be joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil; Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz.

Please submit any questions to: researchevents@arizona.edu

Air Date:
Thursday, January 21, 2021

In the first "Convo With Cantwell" of the new year, panelists will focus on the research and impact of the University's digital humanities programs. The discussion will feature Bryan Carter, director of the Center for Digital Humanities, Jonathan Jae-an Crisman, assistant professor in the Department of Public and Applied Humanities, and Judd Ruggill, head of the Department of Public and Applied Humanities.

Convo with Cantwell is a monthly Zoom fireside chat hosted by Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation. In addition to the panelists, Cantwell will be joined by three members of the Research, Innovation & Impact leadership team: Chief of Staff John O'Neil, Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz.

Air Date:
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

At the December 9 Zoom fireside chat, Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, hosted a panel discussion with three UArizona experts on problem-solving across the partisan divide, misinformation, and the 2020 election, in historical context. In addition to our panel, SVP Cantwell was joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil; Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz.

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: December 9, 2 p.m. 
TOPIC: Bridging the Political Divide

PANEL OF EXPERTS:

Air Date:
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

During this Zoom fireside chat, Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, hosted  a panel discussion with four UArizona experts whose research examines how racial/ethnic groups are disproportionately impacted in each of their areas of study. In addition to our panel, SVP Cantwell will be joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil; Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz. Jennifer Fields, director of the Office of Societal Impacts, also will present an update on action items from the Achieving Racial Equity in Research webinar series held this summer.

Air Date:
Thursday, October 8, 2020

At her October 8, 1p.m. Zoom fireside chat, Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, hosted a panel discussion with Jennifer Barton, director of the BIO5 Institute, and three BIO5 members to discuss their research on COVID-19 and other viruses/infectious diseases. In addition to our panel of experts, SVP Cantwell was joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil, a member of the university's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT); Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz.

Air Date:
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

At her September 8 Zoom fireside chat, Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, hosted a panel discussion on the University's Arizona Institutes for Resilience: Solutions for the Environment and Society (AIR). In addition to our panel of experts, SVP Cantwell was joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil, a member of the University's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT); Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz.

Air Date:
Thursday, August 6, 2020

At her August 6 Zoom fireside chat, Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, SVP for Research & Innovation, hosted a panel discussion on how the University translates research into innovative enterprises that positively impact Arizona and beyond. In addition to our panel of experts, Dr. Cantwell was joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil, a member of the university's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT); Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Senior Director Lori Schultz.

Air Date:
Thursday, July 9, 2020

At her July 9 Zoom fireside chat, Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, SVP for Research & Innovation, will host a panel discussion on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 in our community. In addition to our panel of experts, Dr. Cantwell will be joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil, a member of the university's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT); Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Senior Director Lori Schultz.

Air Date:
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Convo with Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD about COVID-19 antibody testing and Betsy fields some questions about research re-entry and related topics.

Air Date:
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, SVP for Research & Innovation, will hold a Zoom "fireside chat," giving the university community the opportunity to ask questions about UArizona research, innovation, and RII. This month we'll continue the discussion on COVID-19 as it impacts our research and innovation operations.

Air Date:
Monday, March 23, 2020

RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil, a member of the university's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), and Senior Director Lori Schultz joined Cantwell to convey the latest updates and answer questions about how COVID-19 is—and is not—affecting UArizona research and innovation.