Professor Beth Brainerd (Biology), director of the Functional Morphology & Biomechanics Lab, led a demonstration of her work. She took us through her process of capturing X-ray videos of animal skeletons and static CAT scan images and turning them into animations using the 3D software program, MAYA.
Leaders from Brown, RISD, and Yale STEAM groups gathered in Providence for a leadership bootcamp today, consisting of a variety if workshops and casual conversations. Pictured is Ryan Mather, RISD STEAM President, instructing how to screenprint.
For students at Brown & RISD, RISD has an interdisciplinary class offering called “Visualizing the Natural Sciences”:
This 6-credit course invites undergraduate and graduate students to improve their skills in communicating and illustrating science. The general topic is changing biodiversity, how humans impact plants, animals, and their environment. Examples will be presented from around the world, as well as from Rhode Island. Through a series of exercises, students will practice analyzing and interpreting scientific information in order to both understand and present it. The science content will be delivered through lectures, visits to research labs, and to a nearby nature sanctuary. The course is designed to introduce students to relevant scientific concepts and challenge them to use their art to make these ideas more concrete and meaningful. In some cases, the goal may be to educate; in others, it may be to raise awareness, stimulate debate, or entertain. Students will explore the use of different media, including 2-D, 3-D animated, and interactive modes. They will also target differentcaudiences and venues, including: general interest or editorial publications, art for public spaces including galleries, educational and peer- to-peer science materials. Class work includes assigned reading, several minor projects, an exam, and a comprehensive final project. Students will choose a recent research study on the topic of human impacts on biodiversity for the subject of their final project, which is a written paper combined with original artwork designed for a public space or public interaction. The Departments of Illustration and History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences will teach the course collaboratively.
LAEL-3912 & ILLUS-3912, check it out!
Borne out of a scientist’s identity crisis, ArtLab is an ongoing experiment at the interface of art + science to dissolve the arbitrary // artificial barrier that separates these two inherently complementary worlds. Both through this blog and a series, ArtLab aims to create both a virtual and physical space for art + science to intermix, allowing each to inform and complicate the other. Above all, artlab’s mission is to foster a community built on a shared fundamental fascination with the mysterious, and a boundless desire for exploration and discovery.
Coming up Spring Semester 2015 as a GISP in Brown’s Division of Applied Math!
More Pictures from the Assistive Technology Makeathon! Including founder of the SpeakYourMind Foundation chatting about the projects with Congressman Langevin.
Thank you all for incredible projects and an amazing weekend!