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LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST's international program of evening gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.

CHAIRS: J.D. Talasek and Alana Quinn


6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Check-in

6:30 p.m. Welcoming remarks and community share

6:45 p.m. Opening remarks by Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, Director, NSF I/UCRC BRAIN University of Houston Site; Director, Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Texas.

6:50 to 7:50 p.m. Speakers' Presentations

Scientists Invading Art: The Attack of Brain-Computer Interfaces: Dania Gutierrez, Associate Professor and Academic Secretary of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav), Monterrey, Mexico; Lead Researcher of the Biomedical Signal Processing Laboratory.

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder or an Objective Feature of Things? The Brain’s Opinion: Norberto Grzywacz, Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Neuroscience and Physics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Juliet King, Associate Professor of Art Therapy, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; Adjunct Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurology, Indianapolis.

Zachary Wallmark, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Director, MuSci Lab, SMU Meadows School of the Arts Music Division, Dallas, Texas.

7:50 to 8:30 p.m. Discussion moderated by JD Talasek, Director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

8:30 to 9 p.m. Networking reception



CPNASD.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)  is co-sponsored by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. DASER fosters community and discussion around the intersection of art and science. The thoughts and opinions expressed in the DASER events are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the National Academy of Sciences or of Leonardo.

More about LASER Talks:

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 30 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website

The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

September 20th, 2018 6:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth St NW Keck 100
Washington D.C., DC 20001
United States

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