Heinze Headlines MCubed Symposium 11/15


Sport Management assistant professor Dr. Kathryn Heinze was one of the featured speakers at the inaugural MCubed Symposium, Friday, November 15 at the Michigan League.

Dr. Heinze's project, Collaboration Cubed: Faculty-Student Team, UM-Detroit Partnership, Entrepreneurship Networks, was part of the first set of presentations, "The MCubed Difference, Part 1", in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Her collaborators on this "cube" are Dr. Sara Soderstrom (LSA, Organizational Studies) and Dr. Wayne Baker (Ross School of Business, Management and Organizations). "This MCubed project focuses on the emergence of locally-owned food businesses in Detroit, as well as their connection to urban farming activities, city revitalization, and community wellness. We will study the juxtaposition of collaboration and capitalism and the roles of support networks and resource-sharing in effectively building this local-food movement."

Several other Kinesiology faculty participated in the symposium, including:

About MCubed (from their website http://mcubed.umich.edu/about)

MCubed is a two-year seed-funding program designed to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new initiatives with major societal impact. The program minimizes the time between idea conception and successful research results by providing immediate startup funds for novel, high-risk and transformative research projects. The funds are intended to generate data for groundbreaking, high-impact publications, or preliminary results for new, innovative research proposals. The program also includes high-visibility, campus-wide research symposia to showcase the resulting groundbreaking research.

MCubed characteristics are:

  • Multidisciplinary – Taking advantage of UM’s excellence across breadth.
  • Collaborative – Three researchers from at least two different units.
  • Unreviewed – No formal review; peers approve by agreeing to “cube.”
  • Bold – Drives risk-taking in innovative and interdisciplinary research.
  • Exciting – High-profile, campus-wide symposia to present results.
  • Distributed – Funding from PIs, units, Provost, and Rackham.


 MCubed website


MCubed Symposium page