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DaVinci Fall Forum 2017 Report

The DaVinci Institute’s 2017 Fall Forum was held in conjunction with the 2017 Oklahoma Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference. DaVinci presented a panel session about interdisciplinarity and creativity in undergraduate research to the combined assemblage in the morning, then broke out … Continue reading

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DaVinci Fall Forum & Promoting UG Research Conference – Sept 29, 2017

The DaVinci Institute Has Joined Our Fall Forum with the 8th Annual Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference. The Forum/Conference will take place on| Sept. 29, 2017, at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Executive Conference Center, 655 Research Parkway, Oklahoma City from 8:30 … Continue reading

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Register Now to Attend the 2017 DaVinci Awards Ceremony

Registration is now open for the 2017 DaVinci Awards ceremony. DaVinci Institute will award recipients of the 2017 DaVinci Fellows, DaVinci Scholars and A+ Teacher of the Year on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Oklahoma History Center. As a … Continue reading

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DaVinci Institute CFP – 2017 Fellows and Scholars Awards

The DaVinci Institute Board of Directors is pleased to announce the release of award application packets for the 2017 DaVinci Institute Awards. The DaVinci Institute recognizes the outstanding contribution and potential of higher education faculty members in promoting creativity through … Continue reading

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Creativity-Inspiring Environments

An interesting article about creativity as prompted by the built environment appeared recently in The New York Times as part of its August 7, 2016, Education Life supplement. Though Lange indicates there’s little research yet to identify the best architectural designs for sparking creativity, she does say there are common features in buildings that have been intentionally designed to inspire creativity. Some common features include spacious, naturally lighted areas to encourage lingering and reflecting; an absence of walls in favor of collective engagement areas; informal lounge areas; and social spaces for learning. There is much research supporting the restorative and creativity-friendly impact of time spent in nature. Soaring ceilings, wide walkways and staircases, open spaces inside for collective thinking and tinkering — all of these can be excellent approaches to stimulate creativity in the built environment. But maybe an even more powerful effect can be had by communing with nature Continue reading

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DaVinci Institute Announces 2016 Awardees

  The DaVinci Institute® is honoring five Oklahoma professors, one Oklahoma A+ Schools® teacher and five student teachers for their creative endeavors at the Oklahoma History Center on April 1, 2016. The mission of the DaVinci Institute is to create … Continue reading

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Fred Provenza Speaking at Redlands CC February 18

Dr. Fred Provenza will be presenting “Our Landscapes, Our Livestock, Ouselves, Restoring Broken Linkages among Plants, Herbivores and Humans” at the first Redlands Community College Field Day. Provenza is a nationally known speaker and of interest to everyone who values … Continue reading

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Gender Bias in Whether Others See You as Creative?

By Jeff King, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, University of Central Oklahoma Some fascinating research out of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University indicates that people tend to rate men … Continue reading

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2016 Davinci Fellows and Scholars Awards – Application Materials Now Available

The DaVinci Institute seeks applications for its 2016 DaVinci Fellows and DaVinci Scholars awards. The DaVinci Fellowship funds creative projects, broadly defined, among Oklahoma’s higher education faculty. Acting on the premise that creative thought and insight are fundamental components of … Continue reading

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ReImagining Higher Education – DaVinci Fall Forum, October 23, 2015

How will higher education evolved in the 21st century?  While the future is unknown, one thing is for sure – if it is to be successful, educators must take into account how people best learn, technological developments and student interests.  … Continue reading

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