methodologies. It can serve as inspiration for the University’s future projects and initiatives.”

spearheaded the event, speaking about how cross- disciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches shaped and changed his experiences both as an individual and as an academic. In the plenary address, he elucidated the life- changing significance of mentorship and support, from which he benefitted as a student, practicing artist and neuroscientist. Today as a scientist, artist and administrator, Snyder says he continues to be fueled by collaborative efforts and the innovative results such work can build: “This background provides a framework for considering the importance of developing convergent ideas and

“The aim of the summit,” Snyder says, “was to explore the possibility of one or more signature initiatives that have potential to address complex world issues and can build on current faculty strengths across URI.” The summit involved eight breakout sessions, led by faculty, that focused on topical areas where the University must turn its attention. These ranged in topics from facing the problem of food security to stimulating support for arts and humanities initiatives. Each session produced a plan of action or problem-solving agenda. Each problem requires

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