Neural Networks, the Transdisciplinary Mindset

Overview

Welcome to the Transdisciplinary Studies program at Claremont Graduate University.

What We Do

Our program fosters an environment where faculty, students, and staff serve as the conduits for transdisciplinary development. We are a resource for creating facilitative spaces and supporting transdisciplinary scholarship, serving as the intellectual hub of CGU’s community. Through the Transdisciplinary Studies program, we provide a platform for the CGU community to transform education to meet challenges that are deeply entrenched, constantly evolving, and excitingly complex.

Transdisciplinarity at CGU is a way of seeing the world that promotes finding intellectual connections everywhere. It’s a way to get deep conversations going across the University campus as well as outside of it, taking the fruits of these collaborative efforts outside University walls and into the world.

Our world transcends disciplines because it is complex. We are complex. In CGU’s Transdisciplinary Studies program, we embrace this complexity. You’re joining a community of curious collaborators committed to enriching society and human life through transdisciplinary innovation. We look forward to working with you.

Transdisciplinary House

Mission

Claremont Graduate University’s Transdisciplinary Studies Program enables university scholars to collaborate and innovate around society’s most complex research questions. Our program provides resources for the CGU community at large to forge intellectual connections to re-frame and address these questions with space and support for cross-disciplinary initiatives. We also offer students opportunities to construct, blend and transcend traditional academic fields so they may shape their individualized courses of study to extend beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Vision

To equip CGU’s community of scholars with transdisciplinary tools and perspectives and apply them to create new ways of thinking about the world’s most pressing issues.

Values

Collaboration: In order to converse with different disciplines, see the boundaries that shape each disciplinary approach, and transcend the space that separates them, scholars from different fields and stakeholders outside of the university must collaborate around complex problems

Connectivity: By sharing new perspectives, methodologies, assumptions and goals, networks of transdisciplinary scholars expand the ability to affect change through greater creativity and power

Social Responsibility: Meaningful research is aimed at improving the world for those who need it most, applying research outside of the Ivory Tower and back into the community

Innovation: Through honoring the creative process and embracing complexity, new frameworks can be constructed and new approaches can be derived to help us tackle the world’s most difficult issues

Leadership: We strive to be an international leader in university-wide, transdisciplinary scholarship


Our Team

Andrew (Andy) Vosko

Associate Provost
Director, Transdisciplinary Studies

Andrew (Andy) Vosko is associate provost and director of the Transdisciplinary Studies program at Claremont Graduate University. He earned his bachelor of science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a dual concentration in Japanese Language & Literature and Biopsychology & Cognitive Science. Vosko earned his PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he trained in the Laboratory of Circadian and Sleep Medicine, Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.

Since 2012, Vosko has taught neuroscience, physiology, histology, and medical ethics to students across a diverse range of professional tracks, including integrative health and osteopathic medicine. He has had faculty appointments at Southern California University of Health Sciences, where he also served as Chair of Basic Sciences, as well as at Rocky Vista University, where he was director of faculty development. His current research interests include biomedical, interprofessional and transdisciplinary education; medical humanities; gender and sexual minority health care; and bio-behavioral sleep medicine.

Vosko’s scholarly work involves topics that range from neural circuit function to epistemology in health care education, and he has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Most recently, he has also served on the American Association of Medical Colleges Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, where he worked to promote inclusion of gender and sexual minority health care needs into medical curricula.

Andrew Vosko, PhD
Andrew Vosko, PhD

Richard Ross

Assistant Director, Transdisciplinary Studies

Richard Ross is the assistant director of the Transdisciplinary Studies program at Claremont Graduate University. He earned his BA and MA in US History from Montana State University, Bozeman.

Richard has worked as a tutor for AP US, European, and World History. Richard has also worked as an adjunct instructor for CGU’s School for Arts and Humanities digital humanities program. From 2013 to 2016, Richard worked as the project manager and web developer for the Power Struggles project, funded by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, under former CGU Research Associate Professor, Hal T. Nelson, before taking his current position at CGU as the assistant director of the Transdisciplinary Studies Program.

Richard Ross
Richard Ross