A professor in the university’s dental school, Goodman says he’s cautiously optimistic that some sparks will fly.
“I think we all know that people will walk in with some crazy ideas; there will be those half snicker smiles,” says Goodman, co-chair of the university’s subcommittee on [research] collaboration.
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“But we also hope that we will bring two people together and it will be magic, because it never would have happened any other way.” The “Research Collaboration Retreat,” as it has been billed, will focus on the subject of health care.
Faculty from various disciplines across the university have indicated plans to attend, and there’s a financial as well as an intellectual incentive to do so.
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