There's an interesting new book on Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond (2014). Oddly, it doesn't seem to mention chemistry or chemicals as part of the purview of this science. Anyway, it discusses a variety of challenges to moving Convergence forward, such as
- Curricula at the undergraduate level need to meaningfully integrate relevant physical, mathematical, computational, and engineering concepts and examples into life science courses and vice versa in order to provide a solid foundation for undertaking convergence.
- Opportunities are needed to effectively fill in gaps in training and expertise or to learn fundamentals of a new area to foster a common language and understanding. These opportunities are needed at the graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels (see Section 4.6).
It seems to me that there is a significant role for the lab safety profession to play in meeting these challenges...
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society
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