LASER Talks at Stanford

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.

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CHAIRED BY: Piero Scaruffi


7:00-7:25:  Daniel Dever (Stanford/ Regenerative Medicine) on CRISPR

7:25-7:50:  Jaroslaw Kapuscinski (Intermedia Composer/ Director of Stanford's Intermedia Performance Lab) on "Where is Chopin - AI and the Music of Faces"

7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.

8:10-8:35:  Danton Char (Stanford/ Anesthesia Dept) on "TBA"

8:35-9:00:  Liqun Luo (Stanford/ Biology) on "What motivates animals to do what they do?"



  • Danton Char is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Pediatric) at the Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Char's K01 from NHGRI examines the ethical challenges of implementing whole genome sequencing in the care of critically ill children, particularly those with congenital cardiac disease. His long-term goal is to continue to identify and address ethical concerns associated with the implementation of next generation technologies to bedside clinical care, like whole genome sequencing and its attendant technologies like machine learning.
  • Daniel Dever is a research instructor in Dr. Matthew Porteus' lab at Stanford University in the Department of Pediatrics. While completing his postdoctoral work, Dr. Dever helped develop a CRISPR-Cas9-based gene targeting methodology in CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells. This research led to Dr. Dever and others in the Porteus Lab to successfully target more than 15 genes in primary blood cells that are associated with hematopoietic diseases. Dr. Dever focuses on using CRISPR-Cas9 to study gene targeting mechanisms in human hematopoietic cells. The hope is that this research will lead to the development of novel therapeutics for blood and immune system diseases. Dr. Dever is currently heading an Investigational New Drug (IND)- enabling study for FDA approval for the first human trials to treat severe sickle cell disease using CRISPR-Cas9-based targeting techniques.
  • Jaroslaw Kapuscinski is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Stanford University. Trained first as a pianist and composer at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1987, 1991), Jaroslaw Kapuscinski developed an intermedia idiom during residencies and studies at Banff Centre for the Arts (1988-89), National Audiovisual Institute (INA) in Paris (1991-92), and doctoral studies at the University of California, San Diego (1992-97). His work was presented among others at New York MOMA; ZKM in Karlsruhe; Centre Pompidou in Paris; and Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. He received awards at the UNESCO Film sur l'Art festival in Paris (1992), VideoArt Festival Locarno (1992, 1993), and Festival of New Cinema and New Media in MontrBl (2000). He has taught at McGill University in Montreal (2000-01) and Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific (2004-08) and lectured internationally.
  • Liqun Luo is the Ann and Bill Swindells Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurobiology at Stanford University. He grew up in Shanghai, China, and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Science & Technology of China. After receiving his PhD at Brandeis University and postdoctoral training at UCSF, Dr. Luo started his own lab at Stanford University in 1996. Together with his postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, Dr. Luo studies the development and function of neural circuits in fruit flies and mice. He is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He teaches neurobiology to undergraduate and graduate students. His single-author textbook "Principles of Neurobiology" (Garland Science 2015) is widely used for undergraduate and graduate courses across the world. Dr. Luo is a recipient of several awards and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.




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.

December 12th, 2019 7:00 PM through  9:00 PM
Stanford University
Online / Palo Alto, CA 94305-5101
United States
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