Shelia R. Cotten Research

Trifecta Big Data Drop in Discussion

The Trifecta conference room was packed with leaders in research, medicine and industry to discuss the topic of Big Data.  It is apparent that there is an overall desire for high quality research, improved communication with recipients of care and improved health outcomes.  A quote repeated several times is- “the highest quality care will be the lowest cost”


Many of the challenges of working with big data was briefly discussed. This was a rare opportunity for researchers, computer scientists, doctors, and industry providers could meet and talk about the potential of big data, especially in health care.


Three is the Charm

Working together is proving to be more powerful than working alone.  The three colleges: communication arts & sciences, nursing and engineering are working together through the Trifecta initiative.  Professor Jina Huh is leading a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that combines clinical experts with an online health community that will focus on patients with diabetes.  To read more about this program and the InfoMediator click here.

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Guest Lecture on Innovation- Dr. James Dearing

The Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research and MSU Trifecta
Cordially invite you to attend a guest lecture on innovation
Thursday, December 11th, 2014
10:00am- 11:30am 

Sparrow Hospital Auditorium
1215 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48912


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James Dearing, PhD

Dr. Dearing is a professor and chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Communication.  He will be talking about- “Diffusion of Evidence-Based Innovations in Healthcare Organizations”

Space is limited so please reserve your seat by contacting the Center for Innovation and Research at 517-364-5730 or email


Presentation at Gerontological Society Annual Meeting


Dr. Cotten was involved in several events at GSA 2014 both as a presenter and as a discussant.  The conference had over 4.000 attendees and 400 sessions.  It is a key event for those involved in gerontological studies.  Co-presenters included long time collaborators and associates-


Symposiums included:

Assisted Living Interest Group: Getting Grandma Online: Process, Outcomes and Challenges Associated with Conducting a 5 Year ICT and Quality of Life Randomized Controlled Trial in Assisted and Independent Living Communities… co-authors and presenters included William Anderson, Elizabeth Yost, Vicki Winstead, Ronald Berkowsky.

Shelia also was co-chair with Sara Czaja of the symposium Increasing Resources for Older Adults Through Technology Focused Research and Interventions.  She also was co-chair of the symposium: Connecting Clinicians and Cancer Patients: Modes of Communicating, mHealth, and SMS Text Messaging.


Grant Writing Workshop

On November 4th the Trifecta group sponsored a grant writing workshop at the MSU engineering building.  This workshop brought in several experienced researchers who discussed their experiences with writing grants for various funding entities. Shelia moderated the roundtable discussion as  Drs. Johannes Bauer, Subir Biswas, Nora Rifon, and Gwen Wyatt shared their experience with NSF, NIH, and other foundations.  The well attended event brought many other faculty and graduate students.


Announcement of the Event