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From STEM to STEAM: Meet UCSD's new Dean of Humanities and Arts Cristina Della Coletta

From STEM to STEAM: Meet UCSD's new Dean of Humanities and Arts Cristina Della Coletta

If you add the letter “A” for Arts to the educational acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) you get STEAM. Moving from STEM to STEAM by strengthening the role of the arts is the new buzz in education where an interdisciplinary focus is growing and the traditional dichotomy between the arts and the sciences is fading fast.

A native of Venice, Italy, Cristina Della Coletta hopes to contribute to the “renaissance” of STEAM learning as the new Dean of Arts & Humanities at UCSD.

From her large-windowed office on the fourth floor of the Literature Building, Della Coletta has an expansive view of Warren Mall — all the way to the Stuart Art Collection’s “Snake...

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