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New Program Draws Young Artists Into Science

November 16, 2012

image of a butterfly Artists and scientists often share a common goal: making the invisible visible. Yet artistically talented students, especially girls, often shy away from scientific careers. Now, a new four-year, $1.2 million program led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks blends the art, biology and physics of color into a series of summer academies, science cafes and activity kits designed to inspire art-interested students to enter careers in science. Image Credit: Laura Conner, UAF Full Story

University of Alaska Fairbanks

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