Submitting Campus

Daytona Beach


Department of Civil Engineering

Document Type


Publication/Presentation Date

Fall 2007


"Children love to explore the world around them. In doing so they are not aware of disciplinary boundaries or even of disciplines. They move freely from watching ants (biology) to building structures (engineering) to counting rocks (mathematics and geology) to seeing what things dissolve in water (chemistry). Only as they go to school do they learn that humans divide up the way we learn about the universe and start to think within disciplinary boundaries. In doing so, those children, who are now us, lose the ability to think broadly and use the insights of various ways of thinking to solve important problems. At Hope College, we are trying to return to our childhoods by supporting interdisciplinary research and teaching..."

Publication Title

CUR Quarterly


Council on Undergraduate Research

Additional Information

Dr. Jeff Brown was not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the time this paper was published.