11 mai 2014

Universities Are Pressed on Interdisciplinary Research

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond”
Organization: National Research Council
Summary: The report, more than 120 pages long, looks at the value of interdisciplinary research and the obstacles to making it a more regular occurrence in university labs. It was crafted by a panel of more than two dozen experts, mostly with university affiliations. Their analysis points out the various administrative structures, faculty-recruitment and -promotion practices, cost-recovery models, and research-support policies that hinder interdisciplinary research. The recommendations consist largely of exhortations for the institutions and the agencies that finance research to recognize those obstacles and work to reduce or eliminate them. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:13 - - Permalien [#]

09 mars 2014

Breaking Down Barriers Between the Humanities and the Sciences

By . When I graduate from Duke University with a liberal-arts degree (hopefully of my own design), I will never have taken a physics class where I mastered Gaussian surfaces. I won’t have studied dehydrohalogenation of alkyl halides in organic chemistry or the life cycle of Lycopodium in biology. Even after looking up these terms in Wikipedia, I doubt I’ll remember what they mean by the time this post is published. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 15:09 - - Permalien [#]