Two professors at Binghamton University, Dr. David Sloan Wilson of the Biology department and Dr. Leslie Heywood of the English department, are currently developing a joint Science and Humanitities program called the "New Humanities Initiative". This program will add a rubric to BU courses which expose students to "basic scientific tools like statistics and experimental design and to liberal arts staples like the importance of analyzing specific texts or documents closely, identifying their animating ideas and comparing them with the texts of other times or other immortal minds". The goal of the program is for students and scholars to be exposed to both qualitative and quantitative research, and to learn how the approaches compliment one another.
Both Dr. Wilson and Dr. Heywood have already seen positive results from this approach in their own research. Dr. Heywood began examining how humans evolved along side wolves over time; her evidence was based on how writers wrote about wolves at different time periods. She expanded on this research by working with Dr. Wilson, examining how people reacted to different images of wolves in a survey. Their findings suggest that individuals may have conflicted feelings about wolves. On the one hand, humans have had a competiting predatory relationship with wolves. On the other, people may also relate to them given that wolves also have tight social connections and are very nurturing to their young.