The Kennedy Center packed lots of star power as it celebrated its latest class of honorees. Cher, Reba McEntire, saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass received the traditional lifetime achievement honor. “Hamilton” co-creators – writer and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire – were honored for their “transformative work.”
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Study Stresses the Need for Integrating STEM Disciplines with Arts and HumanitiesMay 17, 2018
Last week, a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study bolstered the case for education that integrates the STEM disciplines with the arts and humanities, including medicine. Conducted over the past two years, the study offers compelling evidence that integration has a positive impact on the learning outcomes of students, who carry the benefits far into their careers.
Studying the arts and humanities can aid students in developing the highly complex, technical understanding that STEMM disciplines often demand. That’s because assignments requiring students to use their creativity and imagination often help them internalize the material. Importantly, the benefits of integration flow in both directions. As the study explains, integration can provide artists with new tools and perspectives to bring to their work, influencing what they create.