provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

Lawrence, Katherine A

Associate Director
Community Engagement and Exchange
University of Michigan School of Information

Katherine is a researcher at the University of Michigan School of Information and a freelance facilitator of workshops and retreats with a focus on collaboration, creativity, and improvisation. 

This institute is based on the recommendations of a prior study she conducted with Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, looking at factors that influence science gateway success. From 2008-2012, she also managed special projects and community engagement initiatives at the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure (within the U-M Office of the VP for Research, now called ARC: Advanced Research Computing), including Cyberinfrastructure Days. She also designed and taught SI 422: "Evaluating Systems and Services," an undergraduate Informatics course about usability and user experience design.

When she is not working at the University of Michigan, Katherine facilitates retreats, workshops, and focus groups for organizations and departments and gives presentations on creativity, improvisation, and collaboration. In the past, she worked as a moderator for management webinars at Harvard Business Publishing and volunteered on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Learning Community, a K-8 public charter school. She is the co-author of Creativity at Work: Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen with Jeff DeGraff.