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New England BioLabs: Alia Qatarneh, nominee for the Arts and Creativity Award™

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Published on Oct 29, 2014

New England BioLabs: Alia Qatarneh, nominee for the Arts and Creativity Award™

Nomination Form: https://neb.skild.com/skild2/neb/addN...

Art is a method of storytelling. It's an avenue that is used to express emotion. So what does that have to do with science? How can foundational concepts of biology be in any way linked to art?

Easy.

Art is how we have been expressing our story. Science is a means of uncovering that story. Undeniably, they go hand in hand.

My name is Alia Qatarneh and I am a scientist, educator, life long student, and artist.

My creativity has been expressed in the lab, in the classroom, and on 7 mile races.

It has taken the form of t-shirt designs to raise money for the children's school of science in Woods Hole, has existed through costume and props on Halloween on a corner in East Boston, has even resulted in rhyming words that convey simple but foundation science concepts, like mitosis and polymerase chain reaction.

Science is an extension of art and creativity. And through my focus on STEM outreach, I have found many young scientists eager to connect their scientific spark with something other than a lab notebook.

These shirts and songs may seem trivial but through these simple and tangible things, students and teachers alike have found something that they will not find in a text book.

Please visit my website at www.aliaqatarneh.wordpress.com to read more about my passions of science, art, and education.

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