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Welcome to the 2016 Walden University Research Symposium. The Walden University Research Symposium is an annual event that showcases research projects from our academic community, especially work by our recent graduates. The presentations at a symposium appear in two different formats. Poster presentations provide an opportunity for researchers to engage with all individuals attending the symposium and potentially to network with other interested researchers. Using a roundtable presentation format, a select group of researchers is available for interactive discussions of their work, with handouts and visual materials available to support the discussion. This year’s roundtable presenters are focused specifically on the theme of effective use of existing data for secondary analysis. As happens each year, we see a wide range of research being conducted at Walden by our faculty members and our doctoral students. This research diversity logically reflects the diversity of programs being offered at Walden, but all have a shared focus on supporting positive social change. Usually, I try to identify a theme or two in the presentations as we review them. This year, what struck me most was the growing use of existing and operational data to answer important research questions: from publicly accessible databases to behavioral traces in the workplace. Our roundtables also align with this theme. Another distinct focus in some projects was on efficiency of operation, from delivering health care in the present to business planning for future. Again this year, we have included a Meet-and-Greet area in symposium. The editors from each of the five academic journals supported by Walden University are in attendance. If you are interested in these publication venues, you can get any questions answered. We also have Dr. Molly Lauck from the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs available to discuss the Research Dissemination Support Program. The “magic” of a research symposium can be found in the interactions between presenters and audience, however. So, please, don’t be shy—step up, ask questions, make comments, and enjoy the experience.
National Harbor, MD