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Next LASER: March 9, 2009
Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is a series of lectures and presentations on art, science and technology organized by Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/ISAST. Join us for the next LASER at the Downtown campus of San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA, with feature presentations by Wayne Vitale, Richard Rinehart, Irene Chien and Ruzena Bajcsy. FIND OUT MORE


LABS Introduces French-language database
Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS), consisting of the English-language, Spanish-language, Chinese-language and French-language databases, is a comprehensive collection of Ph.D., Masters and MFA thesis abstracts on topics in the intersection between art, science and technology. Individuals receiving advanced degrees in the arts (visual, sound, performance, text), computer sciences, the sciences and/or technology that in some way investigate philosophical, historical or critical applications of science or technology to the arts are invited to submit abstracts of their theses for consideration. The French language database, under the direction of Annick Bureaud, was introduced in January 2009. All those with completed theses in French are invited to submit abstracts of their PhD theses or access LABS for publication consideration in the database. FIND OUT MORE

Call for Proposals: The Arts in the Context of Today's Darwinian Theory of Evolution
Colloquium organized by MIM and in partnership with LEONARDO/Olats, Alphabetville and ZINC-ECM, Marseille, France, Oct 22-24 2009. Since its publication, Darwin's "The Origin of Species" has been widely debated in its cultural context. In this colloquium we wish to re-examine cultural activity and the arts in the context of the Theory of Evolution as it is understood today. We solicit proposed papers from scientists, artists and composers, scholars in the humanities and social sciences. FIND OUT MORE


UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media Program Join Leonardo Affiliate Membership Program

The UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA Program is a center for the development and study of digital media and the cultures they help create. This intensive two-year MFA program brings together faculty and students from across the academic spectrum to study and create interdisciplinary artistic and scholarly research. Students take core and elective courses in the practice and theory of digital media arts, and participate in collaborative research in one of four areas: Mechatronics, Participatory Culture, Performative Technologies, or Playable Media. The DANM journey culminates in the development of an individual or collaborative thesis project, premiered in our annual MFA exhibition. The MFA in Digital Arts and New Media qualifies graduates for a variety of art-related careers including university-level teaching and research. Leonardo/ISAST welcome UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media Program as a new Affiliate Member. FIND OUT MORE

UCLA Art | Sci Center + Lab Co-present the Sound + Science Symposium
The UCLA Art | Sci Center + Lab (a Leonardo Affiliate Member) and the University of California Digital Arts Research Network (UCDARnet) proudly announces the Sound + Science Symposium, a two-day event bringing together leading figures from a variety of disciplines to discuss scientific research and technological breakthroughs concerned with sound and their applications and implications in relation to questions of culture, politics, history, environment, art and music. The Sound + Science Symposium will take place Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) Auditorium and will include presentations, film screenings, discussions, and social gatherings. All events are free to the public. FIND OUT MORE


Call for Submissions: ACM CREATIVITY & COGNITION 2009
Everyday Creativity: Shared Languages and Collective Action. October 27-30, 2009, Berkeley Art Museum, CA, USA. We invite submissions for: Full Papers, Art Exhibition, Live Performances, Demonstrations, Posters, Workshops, Tutorials, and Graduate Symposium. Keynotes: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Professor of Psychology & Management, USA; JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Director, Allosphere Research Laboratory, USA; Jane Prophet, Professor of Interdisciplinary Computing, UK. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Printed proceedings, published by ACM Press, will be available at the conference and will be included in the ACM digital library. Submission deadline: April 24, 2009. FIND OUT MORE

Fulbright Scholar Program
March 1st is the opening of the Traditional Fulbright Scholar competition. Over 800 grants are available for lecturing, conducting research, or combining both in over 130 countries around the globe. The deadline is August 1, 2009. If you are interested in requesting materials, please write to For more information, descriptions of awards and new eligibility requirements consult their website. FIND OUT MORE

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