Event promotes creativity in arts and sciences

Published: January 24th, 2013

Category: Announcements, Happenings, InsideUF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF-HHMI Science for Life Program and the University of Florida College of Fine Arts will hold the 2013 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event, known as CASE, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Reitz Student Union Grand Ballroom and McGuire Dance Pavilion.

The CASE highlights creativity, talent and cutting-edge research across UF and other participating institutions. The event will feature science research posters; 2-D and 3-D art exhibits; and film, dance and musical performances. Students apply to the event and compete for awards in three categories: science, art or science/art collaboration projects.

“You have two worlds: art and science. In both worlds creativity is involved. We’re really celebrating the activities of our students from both sides,” said professor Ben Dunn, director of UF-HHMI Science for Life Program. He sees the CASE as a great opportunity and challenge for the science students. The CASE focuses on their ability to explain the complicated studies they do in a research laboratory to someone who isn’t familiar with research or the concepts involved.

Margaret Mertz, associate dean for research technology and administrative affairs for the College of Fine Arts, also stresses the importance of collaborative thinking.

“It’s being able to cross the disciplinary boundaries,” she said. “It doesn’t mean you’re less good at either one, but you’re able to capitalize on both.”

The CASE is an opportunity to have many different types of people together to share their experiences and information. It’s free and the public is invited.

For more information visit http://sfl.aa.ufl.edu/CASE.

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