Jim Griesemer Leads Study to Find Keys to High-Impact Science Across Disciplines

Jim Griesemer’s project is designed to study the John Templeton Foundation’s Agency, Directionality & Function research program. This program encompasses a suite of 24 projects organized in seven thematic clusters. Griesemer and his team are studying how teams of biologists, physicists, mathematicians and philosophers on each of these projects work together to understand agency and related concepts in living systems. 

Methods in Chemistry

UC Davis chemistry graduate student Javier Aztiazarain regularly teaches the pivotal “CHE 125: Advanced Methods in Physical Chemistry” to UC Davis undergraduate students. But Aztiazarain’s bachelor’s degree in philosophy, which he earned at UC Davis, informs how he educates the next generation of chemists.   “Philosophy is kind of like yoga for the mind,” said Aztiazarain. “The approach marries very well with analytical chemistry and the way that you look at problems and solve them. You want a logical solution to doing these things.