Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. Join us at 6:30 for a reception followed at 7 p.m. with presentations by Peter Weiss-Penzias, A. M. Darke, Angus Forbes, and Susan Schwartz.
Peter Weiss-Penzias, "From Fog to Lions: Effects of Marine Fog on Methylmercury Bioaccumulation in Terrestrial Food Webs in California"
A. M. Darke, "Games as Everyday Activism"
Angus Forbes, "Creative and Critical Visualization"
Susan Schwartz “Where's Waldo? Template Matching to Better Understand Fault and Glacier Motion”
This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts Lot adjacent to Digital Arts Research Center.
Peter Weiss-Penzias is an atmospheric chemist in the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department and a General Chemistry instructor in the Chemistry Department at UCSC. He became interested in atmospheric mercury as a global pollutant in 2002 through his work tracking Asian air pollution at mountain tops observatories in Oregon and Washington. His work on mercury in fog was funded by the National Science Foundation and was reported on widely in the popular press. When not trying to collect elusive fog samples, Peter performs his original environmental education music to audiences in the Monterey Bay region as the Singing Scientist.
A.M. Darke is an artist, game designer, and activist who works to maximize agency for marginalized bodies, while disrupting systems of oppression. Using humor, play, and interactive media as an entry point for challenging the viewer, Darke distills large-scale social issues into formats which are intimate and personal.
Angus Forbes is an Assistant Professor in the Computational Media Department at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs UCSC Creative Coding. His research investigates novel techniques for visualizing and interacting with complex scientific information; his interactive artwork has been featured at museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the world. Angus chaired the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP), a forum that promotes dialogue about the relation of aesthetics and design to visualization research, from 2013 through 2017, and this year he served as the Arts Papers chair for ACM SIGGRAPH. Information about Angus's recent projects is available at https://creativecoding.soe.ucsc.edu.
Susan Schwartz received a BS in geophysics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in seismology from the University of Michigan. After graduation in 1988, she was awarded a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship that brought her to The University of California, Santa Cruz where she is presently a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2016. Her research interest in the mechanical behavior of the plate interface at subduction zones and in how glaciers slide along their bed has taken her to many interesting places including Costa Rica, New Zealand, Alaska and Antarctica. Prof. Schwartz teaches introductory classes for non-science majors, classes designed for undergraduate Earth and Planetary Science majors, and graduate classes in seismology and geophysics.