JD Talasek is the director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (www.cpnas.org). Talasek is creator and moderator for a monthly salon called DASER (DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous) held at the NAS, part of the LASER network.
He is currently on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the Museum Studies Master’s Program. Additionally, Talasek serves on the Contemporary Art and Science Committee (CASC) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He is the art advisor for Issues in Science and Technology Magazine and served as the Art and Design Advisor for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative based in Irvine, CA (2015-2017). Talasek is a board member of Leonardo/ International Society for Art Science and Technology and chairs the LASER committee that coordinates 30+ art/sci salons around the world.
He was the creator and organizer of two international on-line symposia (and coeditor of the subsequent published transcripts: Visual Culture + Bioscience (2009, DAP) and Visual Culture + Evolution (2010, DAP).