The Power of the Arts and Sciences Does Not Dim

In this issue of INSIGHT, we advocate for the lasting power of an arts and sciences education and ask you to share your insights and become partners in advocacy.

When voices rise to proclaim the value (measured in purely economic terms) of degrees in business, technology and engineering, we must assert ourselves with facts and figures about the lasting power of an arts and sciences education. Let’s urge everyone to think beyond the immediate bottom line and go to the heart of what an education should be and the value an educated person brings to the workforce, the community, the world, the future.

The intersections of history, philosophy, language and literature; the visual and performing arts; physics, biology and mathematics, fire up our brain, making connections that are crucial for our students to tackle the world’s most intractable challenges.

74 percent of business and nonprofit leaders say they would recommend a twenty-first century liberal education to a young person they know in order to prepare for long-term professional success in today’s global economy.
{Association of American Colleges & Universities}

Advocacy for the arts and sciences

Leo Liu, MD

Leo Liu“The liberal arts teach you how to write, how to speak, how to think and how to read critically. And I have found, in general, my communication skills — both oral and written — are much above the average of that of my peers.”

Leo Liu, MD, is the founder of Cambria Biosciences — now Cambria Pharma — a private biotechnology company that is focused on discovering new drug leads from sensitive phenotype-based screening methods. He is currently a consultant and advisor on infectious diseases and international health.

While at Ohio State, Liu decided early on that he wanted to focus on a broad, liberal arts education. He graduated in 1978 with a BA in humanities.

Kim Jacobs, Chief of Police

Kim Jacobs has had a remarkable, pioneering career at the Columbus Division of Police. In April 2012, Jacobs took the helm as chief of police, becoming the first woman to hold the post — one of only a handful of female chiefs in a major metropolitan area in the nation — and the first open member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community to wear the city’s top badge. She graduated from Ohio State in 1979 with a BA in sociology.

Kimberly Jacobs

Photo credit: Lorrie Cecil -ThisWeek Newspapers

Joe Kunesh

Joe Kunesh grew up in the suburbs around Dayton. When he first enrolled at Ohio State, he planned on majoring in physics. However, during his freshman year, he took a course in philosophy and says he became hooked. He earned a BA in the subject in 2011, and he later returned to Ohio State to pursue a BS in data analytics. Joe will graduate in spring 2018, and his long-time dream is to work at a large tech firm.

Joe in front of Derby Hall

Paulina Kamburowski

Sophomore honors student Paulina Kamburowski is, like Joe, majoring in data analytics. She, however, has a social sciences twist — she’s applying her education to map the brain. The Sylvania, Ohio, native loves the “ah-ha” moment when you’re given a project or problem, you spend hours looking at the data — and then suddenly you get the answer.

Paulina on the Oval

“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
{Steve Jobs}

4 Paws for Ability

“My psychology degree taught me a lot. I've learned how different people act and think, and that not everyone learns or comprehends things in the same way as others. It taught me that the ways we as human beings think and act have a tremendous impact on the ways animals think and act, which is an interest to me wanting to train dogs.”

{Lynn Agee}



The Steam Factory

In the East Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, the arts and sciences converge in unexpected ways. On the second floor of 400 W. Rich St., a converted industrial warehouse, the STEAM Factory sits at this interdisciplinary epicenter.

The STEAM Factory is Ohio State’s grassroots collaboration facilitator with over 100 members spanning more than 65 departments and offices. Its newly renovated, colorful space — open, inviting and beaming with natural light — is deliberately designed to spark collaboration among its members.

Inside the Steam Factory

Melissa Crum

Melissa Crum heads several endeavors at the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, including an ARTrepreneur roundtable series and a video series where successful local artists give reflections and insight to art students and emerging artists, with an emphasis on the business side of the arts. She earned an MA in African American and African Studies and a PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy. She is director and principal consultant for Mosaic Education Network, LLC.

Melissa Crum

Mimi Lamantia

Mimi Lamantia is an undergraduate pursuing a BFA in the Department of Dance. She received a Pelotonia Fellowship to study the intersection of dance and medicine, specifically how movement can help cancer patients.

Photos of Mimi dancing
Photo Credit: Jo McCulty

Andi Wolfe

The Synergism of Art and Science

By Andi Wolfe (Dept of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology)

Andi Wolfe is an associate professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. She is an accomplished artist, photographer and musician and believes there are strong connections between arts and sciences.

Andi Wolf's Photography


"The Arts and Sciences, essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament and happiness of human life, have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his Country and mankind."
{George Washington}

The Future Looks Bright

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