Author Archives: sheilapontis

Creativity + Science: Podcast episode

Images from students’ final presentations (Fall, 2022) Domain-specific creativity research in science – such as in biology, chemistry, or ecology – is rare, despite the pressing need for a comprehensive understanding of scientific creativity for enhancing science. Most prior research

Creativity + Science: Podcast episode

Images from students’ final presentations (Fall, 2022) Domain-specific creativity research in science – such as in biology, chemistry, or ecology – is rare, despite the pressing need for a comprehensive understanding of scientific creativity for enhancing science. Most prior research

Are we preparing students to successfully navigate complexity and rapid change?

Last October, a group of students signed a letter complaining about an organic chemistry professor – Maitland Jones Jr. – and his undergraduate class at New York University (NYU). According to the students, the class was too demanding, had very

Are we preparing students to successfully navigate complexity and rapid change?

Last October, a group of students signed a letter complaining about an organic chemistry professor – Maitland Jones Jr. – and his undergraduate class at New York University (NYU). According to the students, the class was too demanding, had very

Information design research at the intersection of society, technology, and science

Last month, one of the stops during my trip to Mexico was with students from the Design, Information and Communication Masters (MADIC) program at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). The program includes three tracks – Information Design, Interaction Systems, and Communication

Information design research at the intersection of society, technology, and science

Last month, one of the stops during my trip to Mexico was with students from the Design, Information and Communication Masters (MADIC) program at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). The program includes three tracks – Information Design, Interaction Systems, and Communication

NUEVO LIBRO: Comprender la investigación de campo

After a year in the making, I’m pleased that the translation to Spanish of my first book “Making Sense of Field Research. A Practical Guide for Information Designers” will be available at the end of the month. Coordinated and published

NUEVO LIBRO: Comprender la investigación de campo

After a year in the making, I’m pleased that the translation to Spanish of my first book “Making Sense of Field Research. A Practical Guide for Information Designers” will be available at the end of the month. Coordinated and published

Workshop: Design research for educators in Mexico

As part of the many changes that design higher education is experiencing in the last decade, there are two that speak louder and are also interconnected: adding research into the curricula and engaging in more cross-disciplinary challenges. The broader the

Workshop: Design research for educators in Mexico

As part of the many changes that design higher education is experiencing in the last decade, there are two that speak louder and are also interconnected: adding research into the curricula and engaging in more cross-disciplinary challenges. The broader the

Why intrinsic motivation matters

Creativity can be a lot of fun and life-changing, but it can also be extremely challenging. I believe that a creativity class can be harder than a chemistry class. While chemistry and similar subjects do require understanding the concepts, to

Why intrinsic motivation matters

Creativity can be a lot of fun and life-changing, but it can also be extremely challenging. I believe that a creativity class can be harder than a chemistry class. While chemistry and similar subjects do require understanding the concepts, to

Why imagination matters

Creativity and innovation have become popular words. Just a quick search in Google shows about 663,000,000 and 3,270,000,000 results respectively. Also, many articles from domains unrelated to arts and design have described creativity as the skill to master in the

Why imagination matters

Creativity and innovation have become popular words. Just a quick search in Google shows about 663,000,000 and 3,270,000,000 results respectively. Also, many articles from domains unrelated to arts and design have described creativity as the skill to master in the

Creativity + Science: Prep for the third course edition

Next week I start teaching a new edition of the online Creativity + Science course for science PhD students. Once again, we had an extremely positive response from students doubling our enrollment from last year with more than 65 enrolled

Creativity + Science: Prep for the third course edition

Next week I start teaching a new edition of the online Creativity + Science course for science PhD students. Once again, we had an extremely positive response from students doubling our enrollment from last year with more than 65 enrolled

Making synthesis visible

Although we synthesize information every day, the activity of synthesis is often thought as mysterious or described as hard to explain. In simple words, synthesis is a turning point in problem solving: when we crystallize understanding and start to see

Making synthesis visible

Although we synthesize information every day, the activity of synthesis is often thought as mysterious or described as hard to explain. In simple words, synthesis is a turning point in problem solving: when we crystallize understanding and start to see

Supervising design research at the intersection of technology, science, and society

With the growing number of cross-disciplinary programs and the active role of design in complex challenges, design theses are increasingly focusing on the intersection of multiple domains, rather than only investigating design related questions. Only in the last year, my

Supervising design research at the intersection of technology, science, and society

With the growing number of cross-disciplinary programs and the active role of design in complex challenges, design theses are increasingly focusing on the intersection of multiple domains, rather than only investigating design related questions. Only in the last year, my