Event

LASER: Conversations in Art & Science Fall Quarter
Art Annex, Room 107

The Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) talks at UC Davis are evening presentations that engage the public as participants in conversations with artists, designers, scientists, and technologists making significant contributions to their fields. The evenings are designed to encourage unexpected juxtapositions between seemingly unrelated projects, facilitating the interdisciplinary conversations that engage the challenges of the 21st century.

This Fall Quarter’s speakers are:

Jean-Marc Chomaz 

Professor, co-Founder, Laboratoire d’Hydrodynamique(LadHyX), Director, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique, France

Katia Vega

Assistant Professor, Department of Design, College of Letters and Science, UC Davis

Travis Parker

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis

Friday, November 16, 2018 from 11am-12:30pm
Art Annex, Room 107

Open and free to the public

Jean-Marc Chomaz is an artist and a physicist. His physics research concerns the dynamics of soap films, the theory of global instability, the vortex breakdown, geophysical and stratified fluids, biomechanics. He received the CNRS Silver Medal in 2005 and the Ampere Grand Prize of the Academy of Sciences in 2012. He was appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2001. In collaboration with media artists and dancers, Chomaz also conducts an active artistic practice and exhibits his installations and performance around the world including Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, Boston, and Berlin. His Luminiferous Drift, in collaboration with Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand received an Honorable Mention Award at the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica. 

Katia Vega is an Assistant Professor of Design at UC Davis. She completed a postdoctorate at MIT Media Lab. Using biosensors, she transforms traditional body modification techniques into interactive skin interfaces. Her project, Dermal Abyss, extends the possibility of biosensors as a Tatooed interface. This project is an award winning interdisciplinary collaboration with MIT researchers Nick Barry, Viirj Kan and Xin Liu, and Nan Jiang and Ali Yetisen at the Harvard Medical School.

Travis Parker is a Ph.D. candidate at the Plant Biology Department at UC Davis. Parker flies drones to conduct field tests to construct field photography and map on rare commodities for high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic farms. Under the guidance of Professor Paul Gepts, a bean geneticist with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, Parker’s work aims to make a big difference in performance and profitability of organic legumes like pinto, black and kidney beans, as well as heirloom-like varieties with high culinary quality. Parker’s team recently received a grant from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that funds innovative projects in agriculture. 

Co-directed by Professors Timothy Hyde (Art Studio) and Jiayi Young (Design), LASER runs once every quarter for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Event generously sponsored by HArCS, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences UC Davis and Leonardo/ISAST. 

For more information, visit the LASER Facebook page.

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