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Creativity in Consilience: New Perspectives on Environmental Challenges

Date: June 29, 2007

Contact: Vicki Ann Duraine

Description: Our planet is facing significant challenges of environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity. Creative minds must be encouraged to see the possibilities for solutions in consilience - a concept created by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson that promotes uniting knowledge and information across disciplines to establish a unified framework of understanding.

The University of Arizona Science-Engineering Library is currently featuring an exhibit of artistic expressions created by students in Environmental Biology (ECOL 206) and Conservation Biology (ECOL 406/506). In the Spring 2007 course taught by Kevin Bonine, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department and the School of Natural Resources, the students were assigned to develop a “substantial, original piece of art or literature that incorporates at least one major theme of environmental biology”. They were encouraged to be creative, expressive, artistic, and relate to the topics of the course via traditionally non-scientific modes of communication.

Click here to view a selected bibliography of UA Libraries’ resources on the themes addressed in the students’ art (also available at the Science-Engineering Library Information Desk).

For more information, please visit http://www.library.arizona.edu/news/eventDetail.php?evtID=68