Letters: WSU Tri-Cities' new chancellor understands art-science connection

March 15, 2013 

If I were on the committee to select the next chancellor for Washington State University Tri-Cities, I also would have voted for Keith Moo-Young.

He is one of the few voices who has said that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education must also include studying the humanities. He was not just mouthing words but spoke from experience.

He noted that "the best professionals in STEM careers have an appreciation for the arts." The decisions made from discoveries in biology and other sciences and technology must be tempered with a knowledge of human behavior and what is best for humanity.

We need scientists such as Loren Eisley and Lewis Thomas to make sense of our discoveries and give purpose to our existence.

WSU can become a bigger and better school and teach students to be better thinkers.

THELMA TRIPLETT, Richland

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