b'OFFICE FOR GLOBAL RESEARCH ENGAGEMENTPROGRAMSpotlights & EventsGROUNDING THE HELICOPTER: WHAT IS HELICOPTER SCIENCE?Known by several terms or phrases, helicopter science, or parachute science, occurs when researchers from higher income countries or from more privileged settings carry out research in resource-poor settings with limited to no involvement of local communities or researchers.Helicopter science does not recognize the knowledge and contributions that local researchers offer and may not even acknowledge their participation.In the Spring of 2023, multiple partners across the University worked together to create a seminar series that brought in speakers from different disciplines to talk about helicopter science. Our speakers included:ElizabethJohanna Crane, Hoffecker (LocalPh.D. (Alden Innovation Group,March Bioethics MassachusettsInstitute, Albany Institute ofMedical College)Technology (MIT) Power Dynamics Rebecca Tarvin and Valeria RamrezEngagingin International Castaeda (Integrative Biology Department,Respectfully and EffectivelyResearch Partnerships. An University of California Berkeley) in International DevelopmentEthnographic StudyResearch Collaborations During her talk, Johanna described The Fieldwork That We Envision: A Future ofIn her presentation, Elizabethhow international power dynamics Equitable Field Biology and Reciprocity withshared a set of best practices that sheare often embedded in mundane, Local Communities and her colleagues at the MIT D-Labtaken-for-granted aspects of Rebecca and her Ph.D. student, Valeria,developed to engage in respectful,research and how host institutions discussed their recently published papermutually-enriching long-termin the Global South experience addressing the challenges of fieldwork, providingcollaborations with scholars andinternational research partnerships a history of fieldwork and its traditional views,practitioner-researchers from aroundas both beneficial and burdensome. and exploring in-depth four principles theythe world. developed that could help lead to more equitable fieldwork in the field of biology. WOMEN S DAY AT UFUFIC celebrated International Womensbased violence that hinder womens Day with special guest speaker,empowerment. She wrapped up her talk Dr. Brenda Boonabaana from theby calling on all stakeholders to commit Department of Forestry, Biodiversityto an equitable world for all through and Tourism, Makerere Universitycollective action and challenging in Uganda. Her research examinessocial and gender norms. Brenda also sustainable development and gender ashighlighted the importance of respecting well as climate change adaptation amonghuman rights and justice for all including smallholder farmers in Uganda. women, men, girls and boys.In her talk Embracing equity:International Womens Day was first The power of working together forrecognized by the United Nations in womens empowerment, Brenda gave1977 and is observed worldwide. It was a quick overview of the persistentcreated to celebrate the achievements of gender inequalities across the globe,women without regard to divisions and Dr. Brenda Boonabaana and Dr. Maddywomens burden of unpaid care work,also to highlight many current issues Coy, Assistant Professor in the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Womens Studiestheir limited access to and control overfacing women in the world today. Research productive resources, and gender-22 |Global Engagement Report 2023'