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The Art of System Biology and Nanoscience

2012 art show

March 30 & 31, 2012

The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience

333 Montezuma Arts

333 Montezuma Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Image at left by Graham Johnson

Research in advanced microscopy, nanoscale engineering and computer simulations creates beautiful images as well as new knowledge. You are invited to explore some of the newest and most fascinating images during a two-day public celebration at 333 Montezuma Arts in the rail yard area of Santa Fe on March 30 and 31.

The Art of Systems Biology & Nanoscience will feature talks by two widely recognized biomedical scientists, the cell biologist and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Ron Vale from the University of California in San Francisco, and the computational biologist Bette Korber from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Vale's accomplishments include pioneering work with novel light microscopes to discover and characterize microtubule motors, the molecular machines that power processes like cell division and neurotransmission. Dr. Korber uses new data visualization techniques to make fundamental discoveries about the evolution of viruses harmful to human health. The future of nanotechnology in medicine and the beauty of nanoscale engineering will be discussed and illustrated by Piotr Grodzinski, Director of the National Cancer Institute Alliance for Cancer Nanotechnology.

The hung and digital art will feature the stunning scientific illustrations and animations of 2012 visiting artist, Graham Johnson, along with powerful new visualizations of our world generated through the use of contemporary microscopes and captured through competitions ranging from the American Society for Cell Biology's international CellDance competition to the annual competition in the UNM Cancer Center's Imaging Center. Karen Dell from the I-Bio organization will show how I-Bio uses new visualization tools to share new developments and discoveries in the biomedical sciences with scientists, students and the community.

The art show will be open from 4:00 PM on Friday, March 30 to 8:00 PM on Saturday March 31. Public talks will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday and 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Saturday. Kids and teachers are invited to enter the world of the "teeny-tiny" through interactive experiments in nanotechnology from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, led by graduate students from the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program and the New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. The nanoscience program also includes a glo-fish giveaway for a participating teacher.

The Art of Systems Biology & Nanoscience is sponsored by: The New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling, The New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center, The UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems Graduate Program, Los Alamos National Lab (Center for Nonlinear Studies), The New Mexico Consortium, and The Santa Fe Complex.

2012 Agenda

Friday, March 30, 2012

Art exhibits on display from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Private reception for registered participants

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions (Dr. Janet Oliver)

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Public Lecture 1: Dr. Ron Vale (introduction by Dr. Elaine Bearer)

Title: "How Science and Art Can Help Us to Understand Biological Nanoscale Machines"

7:00 - 9:00 PM: Viewing of the scientific illustrations and animations of 2012 artist in residence, Graham Johnson, along with other powerful images generated through the use of contemporary microscopes, nanoengineering technologies and computational data visualization methods.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Art exhibits on display from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Kid-friendly nanotechnology exhibit – a national NanoDays event

  • Interactive experiments for kids of all ages presented by the UNM graduate students in Nanoscience and Microsystems and coordinated by Ms. Heather Armstrong
  • Nanoscale imaging with the Atomic Force Microscope – getting to a very small point with Dr. Steve Jett

1:00 - 2:00 PM: The human side of discovery - visualizing new develoPMents in the biomedical sciences

  • An Introduction to iBioMagazine with Dr. Karen Dell

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Gallery walks with artist in residence, Dr. Graham Johnson (small groups)

3:00 PM: Award for the best teacher essay in the glo-fish giveaway.

3:10 - 4:10 PM: Public Lecture 2: Dr. Piotr Grodzinski (introduction by Dr. Jeff Brinker)

Title: "Cancer Nanotechnology – benefiting the patient and creating fabulous images"

4:30 - 6:00 PM: Private reception for registered participants

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Public Lecture 3: Dr. Bette Korber (introduction by by Dr. Alan Perelson)

Title: "Seeing like an antibody: How mapping HIV diversity onto a protein structure can inform HIV vaccine design"

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Continued viewing of the art exhibits and interaction with the artists

2012 sponsors

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2012 Credits

Event Coordinators

From UNM: Heather Armstrong, Elaine Bearer, Bill Collins, Janet Oliver, Ryan Tanner, Bridget Wilson, Genevieve Phillips and Stephen Jett
From LANL: Bill Hlavacek, Adam Shipman, Mike Wall and Jason Haraldsen
From sfX: Susan Ashford and Roy Wroth
From 333 Montezuma Annex: Tom Tavelli, Mary Easley, Marty TwoBulls

Event Curators

Tom Tavelli, Marty TwoBulls and Adam Shipman were curators for the hung art.

Stephen Todd and Elaine Bearer were curators for the digital art.

The STMC thanks Explora for the use of Dr. Jett's Portal to the Public exhibit.

Special thanks goes to the members of our host gallery, 333 Montezuma Annex, and especially to Ms. Kay Harvey for generously providing use of the gallery.

2012 Videos

Video credit: Roy Wroth

2012 Photos

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All photos by Stephen Todd. Stephen Todd holds a BA from Indiana University in Philosophy and a MA degree from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, in the history and theory of photography, specializing in curating, conservation and presentation of photography. This is his second year as curator for the digital art shown at The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience and as the event photographer.