Archive for June 3rd, 2008

Sheril in the New York Times

By Chris Mooney | June 3, 2008 1:59 pm

Following a Natalie Angier story about a science and humanities blending curriculum at Binghamton University, Sheril wrote in to the paper–and actually got published. Here’s what she had to say:

As the product of an interdisciplinary graduate program, I cannot overemphasize the value of opportunities like Binghamton University’s New Humanities Initiative.

Years after receiving my degree, I continue to inhabit the space between the sciences and humanities as a scientist at Duke working on environmental policy and as a science writer.

Experience has taught me neither field can be addressed comprehensively through a single lens, and we make the greatest strides and forge new directions through the convergence of people and philosophies.

Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
Durham, N.C.

Amen to that….here’s to more combinatorial, interdisciplinary personalities like Sheril–we sorely need them.


"Well, I'm Back," She Said. "Again."

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | June 3, 2008 9:40 am

..back in the District for Capitol Hill Oceans Week (CHOW) 2008.

It hardly seems that a year has passed since last the marine policy crowd converged upon the nation’s capitol. CHOW an annual event where we share stories of success, lessons learned, discuss impending trouble, and figure out what legislation may move. It’s a week I’ve come to look forward to. Not only do I get the opportunity to catch up with old friends on both coasts, but we figure out how we’re best able to work together.

Topics this time around include everything from the impacts of climate change to marine debris and aquaculture. And as I mentioned a couple weeks back, rumor has it that our President is real interested in leaving a ‘blue legacy‘… Needless to say, I’m particularly looking forward to this year’s discussion.

But first, I now leave the Starbucks on 14th St to head to the National Press Club for a morning panel discussion on the new ARISE (Advancing Research in Science and Engineering) report. Great topic!

With so much going on in Cap City (as always), check back later this week for details…


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