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Visualization prof's NSF-funded STEM-to-STEAM effort prompts Academies to green-light study

"The green-lighting of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study investigating the value of integrating arts and humanities into science and technology education is a milestone in the global transdisciplinary education movement," said Carol LaFayette, a visualization professor at Texas A&M University and founder of an advocacy network on the vanguard of the movement.

With initial support from the National Science Foundation, LaFayette created the Network for Sciences Engineering, Arts & Design (SEAD Network) to advocate for STEM to STEAM — namely, adding art and design components, the "A," to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.

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