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Chemistry professor Loretta Jackson-Hayes argued in the Washington Post recently that studying humanities disciplines makes people better scientists. "If American STEM grads are going to lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts," she writes.
In this article from Good magazine, Mark Hay explains how mud homes are making a comeback in Mali. Mud bricks are less expensive, more environmentally sustainable, and better suited to the region's climate than many modern building materials, and they can endure for centuries with little maintenance. As Hay observes, "the basic approaches of our ancestors were actually more efficient than the flash prestige that has become the norm," proving that sometimes looking back to the past can help us to imagine a better future.
UNR's Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Reginald Stewart, recently gave an informative and inspiring Tedx talk emphasizing the importance of learning about cultures other than our own—one of the central objectives of the Core Humanities program and an important thread throughout the core curriculum at this university.
Congratulations to Hannah Smith, winner of the 2014 Core Humanities Essay Prize. Hannah's essay, "Woman: Both the Oppressed and the Oppressor," was written in Dr. Marc Oxoby's CH 202 class.
Crowley Distinguished Professor Charles Tshimanga-Kashama will give a public lecture titled “Shades of Blue: Examining the French National Soccer Team, Understanding Contemporary France” on Wednesday, November 5, at 4:00 pm in MS 215. The lecture is free and all faculty, students, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
A recent Washington Post article points out that the CEOs of tech companies seek graduates who are trained in a variety of disciplines, not just writing computer code. Mozilla executive Mark Surman says coding is just the "tip of the iceberg," and that below that must be a strong foundation in "participationg, critical thinking and being able to collaborate." Similarly, Tesla founder Elon Musk (whose recent decision to locate a lithium battery factory in northern Nevada may create new employment opportunities for UNR students) recommends arts and sciences courses for the thinking skills they develop in this interview.