Profiles in Team Science

This website and magazing was produced in support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Corps Program by Deborah L. Illman. This magazine provides excellent examples of collaborative research that is currently happening in a variety of fields (e.g., evolution, information science, integrated cellulcar systems).

The following link will take you to their website. In this website you will gain access to two editions of the “Profiles in Team Science” magazines, one for 2007 and a second for 2012.

Profiles in Team Science

The website provides the following description about these projects and their association with team science:


Increasingly, researchers are tackling questions that transcend disciplinary boundaries, and federal agencies are creating new models for funding team science. Solving “big” problems in science generally requires big teams, big budgets, and a long time frame. It usually involves the collaboration of many different scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines in the context of a research center or institute, which often attempts to integrate research with education, technology transfer efforts, outreach activities, and diversity enhancement programs.

Centers are proliferating, yet their outcomes may not be easily covered within the constraints of the news media. There’s a news gap, and many members of the general public may not make the connection between the team mode of operation and the results produced. What is different about team science? How is it working? What can it accomplish that couldn’t be done otherwise, if anything? Why is it important for people to know about centers?

This project explores those questions. It is aimed at increasing awareness about team science and of NSF centers in order for policymakers, the scientific community, members of industry, educators, and taxpayers to understand the role that these modes of science funding play in solving critical problems facing society.

The goal is to “put a face” on team science-to provide tangible and specific stories of the real people carrying out this work in order to give us an insight into the way science increasingly is conducted today.



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