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By: Cynthia | July 2 2009 | Category: Science and the Arts

A mixed-media artwork showcased at the NIH juried art show by National Cancer Institute’s Jorge Bernal.”]Hi, Cynthia is here. I have a fabulous job as a writer and editor for the Office of Science Education. Besides writing, I get to work on lots of other great science education projects in the office. My work is expanding now into Web site usability and development. Before this job, I worked as a biologist for several different NIH labs.

Art, in its myriad of forms, is a great passion of mine. For this blog, I will be posting on the merging of science and the arts. I especially enjoy exploring the many ways that the arts can enhance science education.

I’m certainly not the only scientist who loves art! Right now, the halls of the NIH Clinical Center are filled with art created by scientists and other NIH employees and some local artists for the 2009 NIH Juried Art Show. More than 500 artworks, including paintings, photographs, pottery, and textiles were submitted for the show. The article “NIH Juried Art Show Returns in May” published in the March-April issue of The NIH Catalyst describes the opening event, the art and the artists.

Princeton UniversityExternal Web Site Policy has recently opened its third “Art of Science” exhibit. At the Web siteExternal Web Site Policy, you can cast your vote for your favorite images. In this show, the artworks were not created for art’s sake; rather, they emerged directly from scientific research.

Andy Hadd    3/3/2012 9:07:17 AM

Dear Cynthia,

I am very interested in the combination of art and science. My daughter's high school molecular biology teacher had her students write creative and artistic essays about DNA replication: there were Romeo and Juliet dramas, raps, court room confessions and detective mysteries presented. Would you like to learn more or contact the teacher? I think it would be great to feature how making multiple connections between the left and right sides of our brains can make a difference in learning science.

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