New Directions has:
- Funded six teams to pursue case studies on how to integrate the Earth/environmental sciences and the humanities, at $10k each (totalling $20k, after 1:1 matching). First results of this collaboration appeared in 2003;
- organized two workshops (at Biosphere2 and Penn State) and a conference (at the Colorado School of Mines) on the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity;
- hosted an international workshop, 'Cities and Rivers: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives,' held in St Petersburg, Russia, in June of 2004;
- created two websites with an extensive set of resources: this site, and http://humanitiespolicy.unt.edu; and,
- published two edited volumes (Frodeman and Mitcham, 2003, and Frodeman and Mitcham, 2004), and two articles (Mitcham and Frodeman, 2002 and Hunting, 2002) on interdisciplinarity.
- published the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, Carl Mitcham, ed., (MacMillan Reference)
Products underway include
- Two essays per funded team, focusing on lessons learned on how to effectively integrate the sciences and the humanities;
- an edited volume that combines our case studies with more theoretical accounts of the opportunities and challenges facing interdisciplinary research;
- the creation of a digital Earth science library for the Gulf of Maine;
- the creation of an ecological restoration plan for the city of St. Petersburg, Russia; and
- recommendations to universities, local, regional, and federal agencies, and communities on how to better relate their knowledge products to society.
- ND has drawn together some of the most prominent public science agencies in the US (and Canada) to initiate conversations about how to use humanities perspectives to bridge the gap between science and society.
- Created a community of 7 teams, working on projects that would not have existed without ND. These represent a series of experiments in how to make the Earth/environmentalsciences more relevant to society.
- Seeded other projects: of the other 25 submissions made to New Directions' request for proposals, three of them have found other sources of funding;
- created an intellectual "town commons," of interdisciplinary articles and humanities indicators (on this website).
Bibliography*"Toward a Philosophy of Science Policy: Approaches and Issues," (guest editor, with Carl Mitcham), Philosophy Today special issue, 2004.
New Directions in the Earth Sciences and the Humanities , a special issue of the Colorado School of Mines Quarterly (co-editor, with Carl Mitcham), 2003
Frodeman, R., 2003: Initiative Bridges Gap Among Humanities, Science, and Society. EOS, Vol. 84, no. 16, p. 146.
Mitcham, Carl, and Frodeman, Robert, 2002. "A Plea for Balance in the Public Support for Science," Technology in Society, vol. 23, no. 4.
The Encylcopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, Carl Mitcham, ed., (MacMillan Reference, 2005)
Sam Hunting, New Directions Downeast: " Topic Maps/Pattern Languages"