Science and art may seem to represent a dichotomy, but Rhonda Prisby, associate professor of kinesiology in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, would argue otherwise. Dr. Prisby, who has an undergraduate degree in art, sees the disciplines as intertwined.
“Like art, science allows me to come up with my own ideas, be creative, and ask, what if,” she says.
Currently, Prisby’s research focuses on vascular function in bone. Recently, she also made important discoveries related to the development of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular ailments.
Prisby joined UTA in 2009, but left in 2012 to explore research opportunities elsewhere. UTA’s commitment to research soon drew her back to campus.
“I saw a great level of passion for research that went all the way up to President Vistasp Karbhari’s office,” she says. “Being surrounded by such a distinguished and encouraging group of colleagues is a rare opportunity, one I would be foolish not to take advantage of.”
Although her approach to research may be considered unconventional, Prisby believes her art training has been crucial to the way she sees the world.
“I used to think that my artistic ability was distinct from my scientific work,” she says. “I have come to realize it as an advantageous complement.”