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Panel Discussion

Globalized Society, Complex Issues: The Role of Interdisciplinary Research

9:00 AM – 10:05 AM | Merten Hall, Room 1201

A globalized society works collaboratively and intuitively with an ever-shrinking world. But as the world becomes smaller, our ideas have the potential to grow bigger. Interdisciplinary research thoughtfully brings together disciplines that have historically been kept apart. Research in this way calls on the imagination to address complex issues in fresh, creative ways. The university’s slogan, coined by President Washington, is “All together, different.” The annual Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference wants to make a point to celebrate the synergistic efforts on behalf of our Mason graduate students who share that same vision. The conference’s theme this year is, “Globalized Society, Complex Issues: The Role of Interdisciplinary Research.” The panel will discuss the critical role of interdisciplinary research in a globalized society and how to better engage interdisciplinary research in the world around us.


Hatim El-Hibri, Ph.D.
Hatim El-Hibri is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at George Mason University, where he is also affiliated with the programs in Cultural Studies and Middle East and Islamic Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, and previously was a faculty member at the Media Studies Program at the American University of Beirut. His first book, Visions of Beirut: The Urban Life of Media Infrastructure, was published by Duke University Press.


Supriya Baily, Ph.D.
Supriya Baily is an activist, a scholar, and an educator. Her work began while she was a teenager in India as a community organizer and leader. Currently, she is Professor of Education at George Mason University, focusing social justice issues in education, the marginalization of girls and women in educational policy and practice, and the role of teacher education to address educational inequity.

Aayushi Hingle Collier
Aayushi Hingle Collier (MA., 2017, Cal State LA) is a Doctoral Candidate in the Communication Department at George Mason University. She is an intercultural, health, and instructional communication scholar. Aayushi is passionate about communication, mental health, and how culture impacts how we speak about mental health and seek help. Her focus is on how support systems within higher education can be more effective for student populations that are marginalized and underrepresented. Aayushi is currently working on research with international students but hopes to expand this research and experience to other student populations.

Megumi Inoue, Ph.D.
Dr. Megumi Inoue’s research focuses on health and aging, and she is particularly interested in promoting older adults’ autonomy and dignity in health care settings. She brings her extensive clinical experience as a social worker and a registered nurse to her understanding of the research area. Dr. Inoue received her Ph.D. from Boston College (Graduate School of Social Work), MSW from Washington University in St. Louis (Brown School of Social Work), BSW from Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare in Japan (Department of Medical Social Welfare), and ADN from Kyushu University in Japan (College of Medical Technology Department of Nursing).

Naoru Koizumi, Ph.D.
Naoru Koizumi is a professor of public policy and associate dean of research and grants in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She specializes in medical policies, particularly in the fields of organ transplantation and the end-stage kidney and liver diseases. Her research focuses on the applications of various quantitative methods such as biostatistics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), simulation and mathematical optimization to analyze various clinical and policy questions related to organ transplantation and other chronic disease treatments. Her grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation investigated effectiveness of ICT-based interventions designed to enhance medication adherence among tuberculosis patients in India.

Dylan Scarton
Dylan Scarton is a third-year PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience here at George Mason University. From genitourinary medical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center to warfighter rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dylan has extensive experience with conducting interdisciplinary research alongside a number of extraordinary international colleagues. Dylan received his bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in neuroscience from the College of William and Mary and completed his master of science in molecular biotechnology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.