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

There is an “urgent need to find new ways to connect the arts and design with science and engineering,” Dr. Roger F. Malina’s writes on the official blog of the National Endowment for the Arts in his article Making Science Intimate: Translating and Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Biology and Medicine.

Dr. Roger F. Malina

Dr. Roger Malina

“My body doesn’t care which governmental or private organization funded or provided the source of my body’s health and healing,” writes Malina. “It doesn’t care from which sub-discipline or branch of the tree of knowledge the expertise was derived. My body lives in an inter-connected web of personal and social relations, biological, physical, and ecological systems. Yet to function, we fragment knowledge and the civic space into organizations with boundaries.”

Malina is an advocate of the “STEM to STEAM” movement which seeks to integrate the arts, design, and humanities with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Dr. Roger F. Malina is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Technology and professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

A physicist and astronomer by training, Malina is also president of the Association Leonardo in France, which fosters connections among the arts, sciences and technology. He was principal investigator for NASA’s Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer satellite at UC Berkeley. His work is focused on connections among the natural sciences and arts, design and humanities.

Speaking at his recent investiture about why he came to campus, he said, “We face problems today that leave no choice but for the sciences and the arts and humanities to work together. UT Dallas is taking the lead in creating innovative connections.”

Former Dallas Museum of Art Director Bonnie Pittman responds to the post with her perspective. Pittman is currently working with UT Dallas to initiate new ways of connecting the science, art, and health care institutions in Dallas.