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STEM Promotes Science Instruction at the Expense of Humanities

We need more engineers and scientists. That has become the mantra of promoters of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in education. There is nothing wrong with such a rallying cry, except that investment in STEM education usually comes at the expense of HAS (humanities, arts, and social sciences). There is no arguing that inadequate […]

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Making Science Intimate: Translating and Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Biology and Medicine

by Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology and Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Dallas and Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Aix Marseille Universite Making Science Intimate Earworm (node) by Deborah Aschheim, 2008, speakers, LED’s, plastic, copper tubing. This sound sculpture translates the musicians’ improvisation on the word “node,”(which brings up associations of […]

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There’s a Fire on the Mountain

The point is that the arts are important enough to have influenced the greatest minds and talents we know. Albert Einstein said that if he were not a physicist, he would probably be a musician. “Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories,” his wife reported. “I often think in music,” Einstein admitted. “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.”

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