Think as if there isn't a box, not just "outside the box". Embrace change and accept your responsibility as a professional within the changing economy and world we live in. Cross the lines of discipline to collaborate and invent tomorrow's reality!
In decades past, interracial marriage was unacceptable, interdenominational worship services were frowned upon, and inter literary scholarship was not tolerated. As times have changed, all "inter" concepts have become the current way of life for the world around us all. Very prominent and happy couples marry a different race / nationality than their own. Large concerts and various other venues bring multiple religious denominations together. And authors like Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) have combined the factual basis of a well-known organization with a nonfictional storyline to become a best seller - and movie.
Whether you realize it or not, most businesses and professional fields are interdisciplinary. The marriage of technology and health care has created a job market in informatics. The field of informatics then has extended to various other fields to bring data visualization and clearer understanding to disciplines other than health care. To make the point more clear, the combination of drawing and math is the basis of the field of architecture.
How does this effect education? I'm glad you asked. We all see how business and education have been merged to create a large sector of entrepreneurs looking to profit from the field of education. In my pursuit of an "Interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Sciences" I get to chase after the different marriages on a daily basis. Constantly, I feel that aha moment where combining fields or taking in multiple understandings can solve problems and create new solutions. Two quotes ring true in this light of intellect:
The world is your playground - Play around and don't worry about who is watching and waiting on you to fall. When you do fall, get back up and start climbing again!
The world is your oyster - You are the one who formulates the world that you live in. Yes, we have laws and some guidelines, but your happiness and success relies on your perspective and mentality.
As you go through the grind of wake up, work, and go to sleep... think of ways your current skills, abilities, and expertise can be combined with a different field to innovate or make a future that no one else could realize.
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What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
- "I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose," Sherlock Holmes famously remarked.
- In this lesson, Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes, teaches you how to optimize memory, Holmes style.
- The goal is to expand one's limited "brain attic," so that what used to be a small space can suddenly become much larger because we are using the space more efficiently.
The controversial herbicide is everywhere, apparently.
- U.S. PIRG tested 20 beers and wines, including organics, and found Roundup's active ingredient in almost all of them.
- A jury on August 2018 awarded a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma victim $289 million in Roundup damages.
- Bayer/Monsanto says Roundup is totally safe. Others disagree.
- Our ability to behave rationally depends not just on our ability to use the facts, but on our ability to give those facts meaning. To be rational, we need both facts and feelings. We need to be subjective.
- In this lesson, risk communication expert David Ropeik teaches you how human rationality influences our perception of risk.
- By the end of it, you'll understand the pitfalls of your subjective risk perception system so that you can avoid these traps in the future.
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