Resources: Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together | Video on TED.com

Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to enter space, is a doctor and an avid dancer.  In this 2002 TED talk she calls for the U.S. to reintegrate science and art instruction.  Art, she says, cannot simply be creative without being analytical.  Science cannot be analytical without being creative.  The link doesn’t specifically address language, but language seems to be a perfect example of the sort of phenomenon we wouldn’t be able to understand without both artistic and scientific approaches.

Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together | Video on TED.com.

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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