I’ll give you a current example – the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China. Foundational science asks: Where did this virus come from? How does it relate to the other viruses we already know about? Within weeks, the scientific community sequenced the entire genome of the novel strain and determined its relatedness to other coronaviruses.
About the image: Sheila Dunn (B.F.A., ’06) studied painting at Colorado State University. “I paint what is sacred to me,” Dunn says. This painting of Moraine Park, Colorado, captures the place in Rocky Mountain National Park that is most sacred to her. She donates 10% of sales to conservation organizations, including the Conservation Alliance in Bend, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Oregon Desert Land Trust.