November 29, 2010

Feeling Creative?

by Heather Falconer

A misconception about science and scientists that still hangs around is that science is made up of mostly boring, systematic methodology conducted by old, stodgy men in white lab coats. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course.  That’s why we’ve created a new module on Creativity in Science!

This module, written by Barry Bickmore, highlights how creativity and ingenuity play crucial roles in scientific practice. From genetics to DNA recombination, creativity has been an important factor in discovering what we know about the world and all that is in it. It helps us break down complex questions and concepts into digestible chunks, as well as look at a problem from many different angles.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this module, and suggestions on how to incorporate creativity into everyday scientific practice. Share with us here, or on our Facebook page!

Heather Falconer

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Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.