The Crow Team recently held a research summit at the University of Arizona in Tucson from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2017. Faculty and students from Purdue and South Carolina gathered for two days, with Crow researchers joining from West Lafayette and Michigan as well. I participated with graduate researchers Adriana Picoral and Ashley Velázquez in this summit.
What I found most helpful was witnessing the power of rhetorical listening as a prerequisite skill for successful collaboration. We closely observed how the team leaders were giving chances to each other, to us as graduate students, to undergraduate students, to potential collaborators, and to institutional staff to talk and express various points of view. They were generously and attentively listening to figure out what takeaways would most help Crow grow and prosper in terms of data collection, site expansion, research methodologies, best infrastructure practices, interface prototyping and development, and winning grants.