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It often seems to me like there is no better job than being a journalist, and I felt this was especially true last week as I wandered through San Diego looking at examples of how art and science intersect.

Since my story ran, I have received some interesting e-mails from other residents who like to do the same:

  • Lee Hornbrook, a webmaster at the University of California, San Diego, wrote to tell me about Calit2, a multidisciplinary program at the school that encourages collaboration between the arts and sciences. Its New Media Arts center focuses on digital media arts, including Traces, an art project that allows a user to interact with a virtual reality. We’ve written about a number of Calit2’s projects in the past.
  • John Eger, the chairman of communication and public policy at San Diego State University’s journalism school, shared a piece he wrote for the San Diego Business Journal about Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Collaboratory, “a new alliance” of artists and scientists hoping to bring interdisciplinary learning to colleges and universities.

    “We need to rethink the way people think and re-imagine learning,” he wrote. “And we need to bridge the ‘two cultures’ of art and science that have separated our educational systems and the potential of the human mind.”

  • Although it doesn’t take place in San Diego, freelance photographer Will Parson shared this video with me, which shows a modern dance piece inspired by the principles of fluid dynamics, meaning the ways gases and liquids move.
  • But my favorite e-mail was from Angela Carone, the arts and culture producer for KPBS’s These Days. She shared this photo with me, which was taken by well-known photographer Robert Capa in 1948.

    It adds a nice visual element to the story of Francoise Gilot, a muse of Pablo Picasso who later married Jonas Salk, the founder of The Salk Institute. I began my article with Gilot and Salk’s love story, a marriage created an intersection between art and science with reverberations we are still feeling today.

— CLAIRE TRAGESER

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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