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Research Award from the Embassy of Iran

During the past three years Dr. Saeed Pahlevansharif’s research output has been remarkable and he won Taylor’s University vice chancellor’s research award in 2017. Recently, the Embassy of Iran selected 36 Iranian research active academics who won a research medal/award in 2016 and 2017 from across the spectrum of Malaysian universities – such as UPM, UM, UTM and UKM. From this pool of short-listed candidates, the Scientific Counsellor of Iran in East Asia panel of examiners selected a total of five researchers based on their contributions for a special prize. Dr. Saeed was the only one from a private university, to receive such an award. The Medalist Award 2016-2017 was presented to him by the Iranian Ambassador to Malaysia, Mrs Marzieh Afkham, for his contribution to public health. In particular, this was because his models and methodology have made a significant impact to the wider community. Dr. Saeed said that, “I was very pleased to have the contribution that my research has made recognised in this way”.

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Why I spent two years on conducting research in multiple disciplines?

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I am writing this post to explain why I dedicated two years of my life to research in multiple disciplines.

Today’s world problems are complex; and understanding and hopefully solving them requires examination from the perspective of multiple disciplines. Multidisciplinary research moves beyond simple collaboration and teaming. The aim is to integrate data, methodologies, perspectives, and concepts from multiple disciplines in order to solve real world problems. A successful multidisciplinary research requires an individual researcher gains a depth of understanding two or more than two disciplines and be fluent in their languages, culture, methods, and methodologies. During the past two years, I was learning the language and methodology of other disciplines to be able to conduct multidisciplinary research on real world’s problem. For example, I learned how to conduct psychometric studies and systematic review from the field of health. I also learned how to collaborate efficiently from researchers in this field.

We know that many of the tools and innovations that we use are drawn from outside the discipline that developed them; For example, X-rays was discovered by physicists is used in the field of medicine, or see the impact of the Internet that was created by the military on communication in society, even a two-year old kid is using the Internet these days! Also a lot of great science has come from the interactions of researchers from different fields. A good example of this is the discovery of “Magnetic resonance imaging” by a chemist and a physicist — for this they were awarded the 2003 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine. An independent researcher designing and conducting his/her own separate experiments would never have these opportunities.

Even the Nobel Prize has been criticized recently. Many people believe the Nobel Prize award system which was established in 1895 and recognizes monodisciplinary research is outdated and needs some changes. Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been achieved through collaboration between disciplines. For example, Watson (a physicist) and Crick (a biologist) together discovered the structure of DNA.

This is the reasons that these days, many choose to pursue a postdoc in a completely different area than their PhDs.

 

References

Leeming, J. (2017). Multidisciplinary research: pros and cons, Nature Jobs, http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/09/11/multidisciplinary-research-pros-and-cons.

Rizvi, S. (2013). Multidisciplinary approaches to educational research: Case studies from Europe and the developing world. Routledge: New York.

Trewhella, J. (2009). Multidisciplinary research – an essential driver for innovation, GlobalHigherEd, https://globalhighered.wordpress.com/2009/06/26/multidisciplinary-research-an-essential-driver-for-innovation/

Mediation Analysis

Researchers develop mediation models to improve our understanding of the mechanism behind the relationships between constructs by answering how and why research questions. In other words, the objective of a study using a mediation model is to examine how an independent variable (X) affects a dependent variable (Y). Thus, before conducting mediation analysis, we need to ensure that the effect of X on Y without considering the mediator (M) is significant (Figure 1). So, if there is no relationship between X and Y, asking how X affects Y is meaningless. The model shown in Figure 1 testing the effect of X on Y is called “total effect model”. Continue reading Mediation Analysis

Multimedia and Courseware Videos

I have made more than 100 tutorial videos on statistics, data analysis, research methods, etc. and have uploaded some of them on my YouTube channel since 2016. The first uploaded video was a 20-min tutorial for EndNote X6 which was viewed more than 12,000+ times. Currently, My YouTube channel has around 500 subscribers and my YouTube videos have been viewed almost 50,000 times. Continue reading Multimedia and Courseware Videos