• April 14th, 2022

Dr. Kathryn O’Harra, assistant professor for the EPIC Scholars Program, was recently selected as a Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI) Faculty Fellow in the incoming 2022-2024 cohort.

CARI is an interdisciplinary arts-focused research engine driven by the interests of faculty from across the University. By facilitating collaborations between disciplines, CARI maximizes the impact of faculty arts research while enriching the University, local and regional communities.

“The arts are an exceptional vehicle for the communication of diverse concepts and ideas, and my proposed CARI projects take an innovative approach to arts integration for STEM education,” said O’Harra. “Through the lens of CARI goals, my vision is unlike conventional ‘STEM’ initiatives, which tend to simply connect the arts with science and through a technical lens rather than utilize the arts as means for communicating the technical and the abstract.”

O’Harra received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and doctorate in chemical engineering, alongside a Bachelor of Arts in dance with a mathematics minor, from The University of Alabama. She continues to give back to the UA community by exploring her passions through research, teaching and service.

“I highly value the intersections between the arts, science, and collaborative education, evidenced through my development of UH courses that explore The Chemistry of Baking or Visual Art Media and Science,” said O’Harra. “I am grateful for the opportunity to use this CARI Faculty Fellowship to support further involvement in transdisciplinary collaboration, driven by and through the arts.”

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