Heard on Campus: Penn State’s Dean Korner on blending art and research to change lives

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June 24, 2019

Barabara Korner, dean of Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, recently implored members of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to collaborate across disciplines and bring together the arts and the sciences to maximize the impact that university research can have in people’s lives.

“Too often the arts are considered useful methods of communication and we’re brought in at the end of the research project to visualize the data, or to translate that data,” Korner said. “However, I’ve been hammering away at the notion that if science researchers bring artists and designers to the table at the beginning, they will find that these creatives will ask new questions, will explode those questions and explode that research wide open, and will lead to new directions and new discoveries.”

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