Greg Cronin, associate professor of Integrative Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was a keynote speaker at the 20th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment (IICE) held in Denver this June.

Cronin’s speech was titled: “Rewarding Transdisciplinary Scholarship in Higher Education.”

At last year’s19th IICE, Cronin presented a paper about combining transdisciplinary research with Boyer’s model of scholarship, creating an approach he labeled “transdisciplinary scholarship.”

At this year’s conference, Cronin shared some of the results of using this approach, including the declaration of a 230,000 acre marine park in Haiti (with PI Jean Wiener) , the first aquaponic system ever built in a U.S. jail (at Denver County Jail) and the formation of a partnership to build two music schools in Haiti, called Royalty Free Haiti.

Rewarding transdisciplinary achievements during the merit review process was also discussed.

Cronin will spend sabbatical leave this year using the transdisciplinary approach in Haiti, restoring ecosystem services to the most degraded ecosystems in the Western Hemisphere.

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