Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research at a Liberal Arts College on Computational Biology

S. Visa, S. Strand, R. D. Pasteur, W. Morgan

ABSTRACT

This paper focuses in presenting several aspects of the interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching and research at a liberal arts college. In particular, it presents courses and research projects in the computational biology area, which naturally call for collaborative work between faculty members from mathematics & computer science and biology departments. It further discusses (1) challenges arising when doing interdisciplinary work, (2) the interaction between interdisciplinary teaching, research, and communication, (3) possible outcomes of such interdisciplinary training for both students and faculty members, and (4) how interdisciplinary training fits within the liberal arts philosophy.

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