Ashland University Emerging as a Leader in Collaborative Science; Opens New Center Dedicated to International Collaborations

Ashland University Emerging as a Leader in Collaborative Science; Opens New Center Dedicated to International Collaborations
AU Associate Professor Dr. Chris Chartier talks with AU student Dana Awlia in the psychology research center while, in the background, students (l-r) Nick Bloxsom, Emily Ledbetter and Savannah Lewis work on a project.

9/6/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s opening of an International Collaboration Research Center (AUICR) this fall gives further evidence that AU is emerging as a leader in the growing trend of collaborative social science.

“This Center will be the first of its kind, and provide a home at AU with additional resources to support these social science collaborations,” said Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The AUICRC will allow Dr. Chartier to initiate and facilitate more of these large-scale projects, seek extramural funding, and place an expanded team of highly trained AU undergraduates at the center of these exciting developments.”

Funding for the Center is being provided by the AU Provost’s Office and Dr. Christopher R. Chartier, associate professor of psychology, has been named director for the 2017-18 academic year.

Chartier and several of his students -- Taylor Nervi ’15, Ashley Keres ’16, Olivia Perna ’16 and Emily Shrider ’16 -- have contributed to several major scientific projects and publications in the last three years, including: The Reproducibility Project: Psychology and the Many Labs Collaborations.

“This has been an exciting time for my students and me,” Chartier said. “By training them in the common methodologies employed in psychological science, and connecting them to a growing number of international researchers in the field, we have been able to make a positive, and hopefully lasting, impact on the field.”

Chartier said this is the perfect time to launch the new center, which will attract additional talented students that will become involved in research at AU. “The center will feature an International Collaboration Scholars program, and we plan to provide up to 10 scholars with a $1,000 renewable merit-based scholarship each year,” he said.

The center also features a new website, which is located at: https://www.ashland.edu/cas/international-collaboration-research-center .

To promote and facilitate these large-scale research efforts, Dr. Chartier and his collaborator, Randy McCarthy of Northern Illinois University, have launched a website called StudySwap, which is hosted on the Open Science Framework and where collaborators can find each other to exchange replication attempts, data collection capacity, or any other research resources.

Since opening in March, StudySwap has quickly gathered more than 700 researchers following updates on the site, and has been hailed as “the future of psychology” by experimental psychology expert Dr. Daniel Lakens and as having “excellent potential to include more people in the research process, and improve the robustness of conducted research,” by Dr. Brian Nosek, executive director of the Center for Open Science.

“The StudySwap site has become the Craigslist for researchers because it enables users to post their research ‘haves’ and ‘needs’ with the goal of helping scientists exchange resources and find suitable collaborators for both replication and original studies,” Chartier said.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###