This website is a compilation of shared resources for a  white paper for SEAD (the Network for Science, Engineering, Art and Design). Please visit their website at

This project is being developed in collaboration with the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF)

Bridging the Silos: Curriculum Development as a Tool for Crossing Disciplines in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities

Higher education has long been departmental in nature (dating back to the 19th century), and becomes more restrictive as a student moves from “interesting” first-year seminars bridging a wide range of topics, through their major courses in a departmental area and finally into graduate school, where a single department awards their degree based on a usually narrow set of course requirements and a thesis or dissertation. However, in the 21st century, investigators are finding that there are often tools, information, resources and even points of view from other disciplines that can elucidate and even answer the problem they are studying. Graduate students who wish to take course in other departments are often told that those courses “don’t count” towards their degree, sending a negative message. New programs and centers are trying to bridge this gap, but most institutions do not offer “cross-disciplinary” courses in their standard curriculum. This study will look at the current state of cross-disciplinary curriculum in the arts, sciences and humanities and make recommendations for the future.

To read the full paper, please visit the link on the left.

 NEW!  Call for abstracts for LABS (Leonardo Abstract Services).

Leonardo Abstract Services (LABS) is an on-line database of MA and PhD thesis abstracts which reflect the intersection of art, science and technology. It is sponsored by ISAST, the International Society for Art, Science and Technology. Scholars and artists who have just received an advanced degree, MA, MFA, or PhD, are encouraged to share the results of their research via their abstracts so that people in the field can learn about their work and also see what the next generation of artists and scholars is thinking about. The submissions are peer-reviewed annually by a group of 4-6 artists and scholars. Authors of outstanding projects are invited to write an article about their work for Leonardo and have their work published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA), an on-line site also devoted to the intersection of art, science and technology. Abstracts should be uplinked to If you have students who are about to graduate, please encourage them to submit their abstracts to this database. Contact Sheila Pinkel,, for additional information.

Call for SEAD Learning Studies

K-12 / Higher Education / Professional Education / Informal Education / Museums

The SEAD network is interested in learning more about published studies in which math, science and engineering education is integrated with music, art, dance, theater, literature, poetry, creative writing and/or design education in either formal or informal settings, K-12 through professional schooling. We are particularly interested in studies that have formally evaluated educational outcomes resulting from the integration of SEAD subjects. These outcomes include, but are not limited to: skill and knowledge acquisition and transfer; problem finding; standardized test scores; classroom success; visual imaging, pattern recognition, empathizing and modeling ability; measures of creativity; etc.We would appreciate copies of any such studies, preferably as PDFs, but in whatever formats are available. The types of information we seek and the general format we are using for the collection of data are illustrated in this chart

To contribute, please email Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein: <>


The Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF), the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (UNSW) announce a:


UT Dallas Professor of Physics and of Art and Technology Roger F.Malina and UT Dallas doctoral student Kathryn Evans are inventorying courses and curricula that are in the art-science-humanities field such as courses on art and biology, music and mathematics, art and chemistry, dance and environmental sciences, etc.  The working group includes Meredith Tromble of the San Francisco Art Institute, Paul Thomas as the University of South Wales. Other educators interested in joining the working group should contact  .

This call is a follow-up to a similar call in the summer of 2012 and 2011.  We are interested in the broad range of all forms of the performing arts, including music, dance, theatre and film, and the visual arts and also the humanities; and connecting to all the hard and social sciences. We are including art and new technologies (eg: nano tech) but in general not new media curricula unless they include an art-science component, or art and engineering research.  Individuals who have taught an art-science-humanities course at the university or secondary-school level, in formal or informal settings, are invitedto contact Kathryn Evans, with details of their curriculum, at  Please send the title and number of the course(s), a short description, the level offered (graduate or undergraduate) and the department(s) in which the course(s) was offered.  We are also interested in the “history” of your course – when it was offered, if you had any issues with approval, and how you developed the course.  Please include permission to include your course on the CDASH website “Breaking Down the Silos:  Curriculum Development in the Arts, Science and Humanities” at    The site also lists programs and centers that are devoted to Art- Science-Humanities research and curricula.

Full syllabi should be sent to Paul Thomas at to be included in a cloud curriculum wiki at

We also bring to your attention the annual Leonardo LABS call for abstracts for MA and PhD theses that bridge the arts and humanities to science and engineering: Abstracts can be submitted at any time. An international peer review panel, chaired by Professor Sheila Pinkel, selects the theses of the year and the authors are invited to submit articles on their theses for publication in Leonardo Journal .

This project is part of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum: . : Adrienne Klein ( Chair) and David Familian (Chair Elect),

Patricia Olynyk (Outgoing Chair) and of the Leonardo Initiatives in the ATEC program at UT Dallas :  and of the University of South Wales :