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And for those of you who already have a "smidgen, soupçon or waferthin" bit of data, Dr. Lander and the CCBS Players have some additional advice ... Write It Up !
We invite you to view "WETWARE: art | agency | animation" - an exhibition at the interface between biology, technology and art being shown at the Beall Center for Art & Technology in the Claire Trevor School of Arts. The exhibition runs until May 7, 2016.
WETWARE features art in the light of today’s convergent living technologies: While artists have previously staged “Artificial Life” through the hardware and software of computers and robotics to simulate living systems, increasingly it emerges from wetware itself. Whether touching upon the brain’s position between spiritualism and metabolism, the synthesis of luminescent protocells from scratch, or microbes that possess the technical ability to make gold and clean water, contemporary artists who employ laboratory methods in the context of Synthetic Biology are getting particularly “close to life” today.
WETWARE presents beaded necklaces containing synthetic amino acids, protocells to simulate movements of phytoplankton, bacteria that produce energy to run a musical synthesizer, a desktop gene machine, A-Life parasites fed with electro trash, as well as an artificially grown brain-in-a-vat nourished with Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Spirit. The exhibition juxtaposes art projects that creatively and critically investigate the anthropocentric mindset in engineered moist “Artificial life,” and the responsibility that arises with it. In WETWARE, the concepts of art, agency, and animation acquire new meanings, while aliveness is questioned in terms of components, circuits, and systems.
The exhibition features international artists who have increasingly extended their work towards wetware practices: Adam Brown, Gilberto Esparza, Thomas Feuerstein, Lucie Strecker & Klaus Spiess and Orkan Telhan. In addition Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand (with sound by Richard Chartier) and Anna Dumitriu present new works developed during their three-week residencies at the Beall in collaboration with the UCI Center for Complex Biological Systems and the UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society.
WETWARE is curated by Beall Center Artistic Director David Familian and Jens Hauser, a Paris and Copenhagen based art curator, writer and media studies scholar who focuses on the interactions between art and technology.
Free admission. Open to the Public.
Feb 6 until May 7
Tuesdays - Saturdays
from 12 – 6pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Closed: Mar 22 - 29
Beall Center for Art + Technology
University of California, Irvine
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
712 Arts Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697-2775
Interim Programs Director
Tel. (949) 824-6206
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Chang Liu ! The The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named him as one of this year's Sloan Research Fellows. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and next generation scientific leaders. Fellows receive $55,000 to further their research.
“Getting early-career support can be a make-or-break moment for a young scholar,” said Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “In an increasingly competitive academic environment, it can be difficult to stand out, even when your work is first rate. The Sloan Research Fellowships have become an unmistakable marker of quality among researchers. Fellows represent the best-of-the-best among young scientists.”
Awarded in eight scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics—the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded in close coordination with the scientific community.
Past Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to notable careers and include such intellectual giants as physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann, and game theorist John Nash. Since the beginning of the program in 1955, 43 fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective field, 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics, 68 have received the National Medal of Science, and 15 have won the John Bates Clark Medal in economics, including every winner since 2007. More information on the achievements of former Sloan Research Fellows can be found at www.sloan.org/sloan-research- fellowships.
Chang Liu honored with the NIH New Innovator, the Dupont Early Career and Beckman Young Investigator Awards
Congratulations to Dr. Chang Liu who has just been recognized with a NIH New Innovator Award for his research work on "A high-throughput continuous evolution system for in vivo biosensor engineering".
Dr. Liu was also recently named a recipient of the 2015 Dupont Young Professor grant awards. He joins the 2015 select group of outstanding faculty from 9 prestigious universities around the world honored for their contributions and potential to advance basic science knowledge that address global challenges in food, energy and environmental protection. Award recipients receive 2 years of grant support to help establish and develop their research careers.
In addition, Dr. Liu was also named one of eight recipients of the The 2015 Beckman Young Investigator's award. The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.
Dr. Liu's research topic focuses on orthogonal replication and rapid evolution.