May 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 9

March LASER Event

Posted: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
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Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.

7:00-7:25pm: Indre Viskontas, “Music that Moves: The Art and Neuroscience of Effective Performance”

We are constantly bombarded by a cacophony of sounds and yet music still has the power to influence us, often outside our awareness. We will explore how music engages the brain and why it continues to be a worldwide addiction.

7:25-7:50pm: Rebecca Kamen (Northern Virginia Community College), “Making the Invisible, Visible: Discoveries Between Art and Science”

Discoveries between art and science were revealed during research residencies at the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation libraries and collections. We will discuss the notion of scientist as artist and artist as scientist, highlighting historic images from these library collections. The main focus will be the genesis of a large sculpture/sound installation, Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden and the different research areas that have informed its development.

7:50pm-8:10pm: BREAK  Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work.

8:10-8:35pm Shamit Kachru (Stanford Physics Dept) on “Are There More Dimensions of Space?”

Some leading approaches to theoretical physics (for example, the so called String Theory) suggest that there may be extra dimensions of space, “compactified” to such small size that we have not yet detected them with modern experiments (or our eyes!).

8:35pm-9:00pm: Scott Kildall (Artist) on “Tweets in Space”

Tweets in Space is a new art project by Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, where we will beam Twitter messages from participants worldwide to Gliese 581d – an exoplanet 20 light years away that can support extraterrestrial life.

http://www.leonardo.info/isast/events.html#LASER-Mar12

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
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LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
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LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
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2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
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LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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