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Samuel A. LoCascio

obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying mechanisms of brain regeneration in flatworms. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. S. Lawrence Zipursky at UCLA, where he studies genetic programs of neuronal wiring using the fruit fly as a model organism. Sam will talk about CRISPR Cas9 with the Sci|Art students in both research and application.

Glenn Bristol

A computer programmer, photographer and digital artist based in Vienna. He is one of the founding members of United Motion Labs, established in 2005. UML is an experimental lab dedicated to creating immersive audio-visual installations and Glenn is involved in every step of production — from filming, content creation, pre/post production, VJing, DJing, creating software tools, IT administration and handling photo, video and time-lapse documentation.

Martina Fröchl

visiting from Vienna, Austria, where she is a senior researcher and doctoral student at the Science Visualization Lab Angewandte at the Department of Digital Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The depiction of realities and biological phenomena has continuously driven her creations. Martina will be talking with us about her collaboration/piece at SIGGRAPH, and the role that CGI and animation have played in creating very alive and immersive works about the environment.

Maru Garcia

A Mexican transdisciplinary artist, researcher, and activist whose work is inspired to capture, understand and question the relationship and place of humans within Nature. Through her transdisciplinary approach based on art, science, and technology, her work addresses environmental and social issues, particularly the protection of the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems. Maru will be talking to us about phytoremediation and lead contamination in Los Angeles.

Scott Hessels

An American filmmaker, sculptor and media artist based in Hong Kong. His artworks span different media including film, video, online, music, broadcast, print, kinetic sculpture, and performance. His films have shown internationally and his new media installations have been presented in museum exhibitions focusing on technology as well as those presenting fine arts. His recognitions include patents for developed technologies, references in books and periodicals on new media art, and coverage in cultural media like Wired and Discover.

Ariel Levi Simmons

A PhD student at the University of Southern California researching ecology and aquaculture. He has worked in diverse fields of education and has worked on diverse projects with students such as designing insect traps to monitor nuclear fallout from the Fukushima meltdown to building a distributed cosmic-ray detector array using cellphone cameras. He will be giving a lecture and embodied workshop on diverse network ecologies and species interactions.

Aki Yamada

PhD. is an assistant professor in the Tamagawa University in Tokyo, Japan. Aki’s unique research methodology is trained in ethnographic qualitative studies. She is particularly interested in STEAM education and will be giving a lecture to Sci|Art students about how transdisciplinary studies lead to enhanced learning, understanding, and revolutionary breakthroughs.

Monica C. LoCascio

a multimedia artist focusing on questions of resonance, connection, and interference, particularly within and between bodies. Her work is inspired by such topics as biophotonics, particle entanglement, memory, and the thermodynamics and non-linearity of time. She is currently in the Art & Science Masters program at Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna, Austria.

Shane Houchin

a California-born artist and musician, currently working towards a Geology degree in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA. His present focus is in geologic mapping, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and tectonics. Bringing together his background in the arts with his geologic studies, Shane seeks to communicate science in aesthetic and engaging ways to foster an interest in the natural world and its dynamic systems. He has also recently completed an album of original music under the monicker Tujunga which will be released in late 2019.

Ivana Dama

studies Design Media Arts at UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture. Born and raised under a post-communist regime in Serbia, Ivana explores the infusion of technology with traditional art practices. While only a young child when the bombings began, images of the destruction still clearly permeate her mind.The memories of living in a small shelter, with the sounds of bombs and vibrations, contributed to her interests in sound and space ranging from microscopic, architectural, and satellite scale. Ivana uses the variety of mediums including audio visual installations, metal engraving as well as a range of open source software for creative coding.

Hellen [Xin] Hunag

A Biology major student at UCLA, with minors in Bioinformatics, Digital Humanities, Film, and Mathematics. Energetic, positive, and enterprising, she has passion in the field of natural and historical science. She enjoys a wide range of interests including traveling, research, swimming, documentary photography, hand-crafts, and furniture design.

Ellen Ferranto

A SciArt alumna and will be sharing her fascination with scientific and technological applications of origami in a group workshop entitled “Paper Planes: Basic Folds, Structures, and Movements.” Her interests include physics, history, and paper sculpture.