To showcase its diverse research initiatives, the Waldron College of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) community gathered Thursday, April 17, in Heth Hall for a day of sharing.
The inaugural Interprofessional Symposium and Expo (IPS&E) featured a Spotlight Presentation on regional attitudes toward complementary and traditional medicine by Virginia Weisz, assistant professor of nursing, and Diane Hodge, professor of social work; oral presentations and poster presentations. The day-long celebration of original research by WCHHS faculty and students was keynoted by Radford University Provost Sam Minner.
"Certain things have to be in place for someone to be a bona fide intellectual and academic like us in the academy. To be an academic, to be on our team, and in our tribe, one must teach truth as he or she knows it. One must serve society by applying what she or he believes to be true to address contemporary challenges in society. And finally one must in some way, in some degree, in some fashion, make new knowledge, what we call research for scholarship," said Minner. "First, your scholarly work has to have some theoretical and instrumental basis. It has to stem from other scholarly work or your clinical or professional experience. Then it has to be made public, like today. It takes courage to do this as an academic."