LASER Talks in New Brunswick

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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: Julia Butaine and Elizabeth Demaray

Rutgers New Brunswick LASER: “Powering a Sustainable World”

February 6th, 6-7:30pm, Zimmerli Art Museum, MAX Classroom

On February 6th, 2019, the Zimmerli Art Museum will become a hub for art and science collaboration as the host of LASER, or Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous. These international meetups are a platform for cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration across the arts, sciences, and technology. Rutgers LASER aims to illuminate the extraordinary research and applied practice taking place across New Jersey in our laboratories, art studios, and classrooms.

In collaboration with the Rutgers Sustainability Coalition, this LASER will bring together students, researchers, and the greater campus community to consider the theme of “Powering a Sustainable World.” The Rutgers University Senate committee is currently considering the charge to move Rutgers to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. Focusing on the nexus of art, science, technology, and  social, environmental, and economic sustainability, the evening will consist of lightning talks and a Q&A conversation with RU innovators in the field of sustainability and the author of the 100% Renewable charge.

Speakers for “Powering a Sustainable World” include:

Dr. Dunbar Birnie

Dunbar P. Birnie, III, Ph.D., is the Corning/Saint-Gobain•Malcolm G. McLaren Professor of Ceramic Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers University where he teaches a class on “Solar Cell Design and Processing” that integrates patents and innovation with practical scientific and engineering knowledge to help students objectively evaluate new solar technologies. Prof. Birnie has been modeling and measuring how solar power generation overlaps with the expansion of electric transportation. Prof. Birnie also leads an entrepreneurship acceleration program sponsored by the National Science Foundation aimed at helping Rutgers students and faculty take their ideas to market faster.

Dr. Jill Lipoti

Jill Lipoti, Ph.D., is an Assistant Teaching Professor, at the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Jill Lipoti has contributed to the development and implementation of the academic Minor in Sustainability, where students enjoy the positive energy and collective ability to make a difference. She has spearheaded the RU Sustainable symposium, where students and faculty connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals through service, education, research and the arts. Jill Lipoti has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science from Rutgers. She is also an accomplished potter, having shown her work at “Fusion” in Harlem.

Amy Wang

Amy Wang is a RU student majoring in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior. She is also the State Board Vice Chair of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Student Chapters, a public interest 501(c)3 nonprofit. Amy leads NJPIRG’s 100% Renewables campaign, which aims to get Rutgers University to commit to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. Last summer, Amy worked with another student on a feasibility study of renewable energy at Rutgers, researching current practices at the university and using grid expansion plan modeling to determine a cost-effective solution. This semester, Amy will continue to develop and refine the research with Prof. Mark Rodgers of the Rutgers Business School.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP.

Sincerely, The Rutgers LASER Committee & the Rutgers Sustainability Coalition

Elizabeth Demaray (Associate Professor of Fine Arts RUC, advisor Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab, RUNB), Julia Buntaine (Innovator-in-Residence, RUNB), Kathleen Parrish (student, RUNB, Head Chair of RSC), Remi Leibovic (student, RUC), Jessica Mazzeo (Social Media and Marketing Intern)

New Brunswick Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is a initiative of Leonardo/ISAST and is an international program of evening gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.


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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.

February 6th, 2019 6:00 PM   through   7:30 PM
71 Hamilton Street
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
MAX Classroom
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

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