Team Science

Project Summary

Anne Driscoll (Economics, Statistical Science), and Austin Ferguson (Math, Physics) spent ten weeks examining metrics for inter-departmental cooperativity and productivity, and developing a collaboration network of Duke faculty. This project was sponsored by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award, with the larger goal of promoting collaborative success in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

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Year
2016

Project Results

The team utilized data from Scholars@Duke, which contains information on faculty appointments, publications, and grants. The students created a network of faculty in Python, where connections indicated cooperation on publications or grants. They also grouped faculty by inter-departmental cooperativity and productivity, and found that different success metrics led to very different results. Anne and Austin created an interactive visualization tool in Tableau, allowing CTSA members to explore the network, and examine results of various metrics of academic success.

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Faculty Lead: Robert Calderbank

Client: Rebecca Moen, Administrative Director, Duke CTSA

Project Manager

  • Dan Coroian, Ph.D. candidate, Computer Science

Participants

  • Anne Driscoll, Duke University Economics, Statistical Science
  • Austin Ferguson, Duke University Mathematics

Disciplines Involved

  • Pre-med
  • Sociology
  • All lab sciences
  • All quantitative STEM

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