Public Programs And Events

BioDesigning by SITE and SCALE

February 12, 2019, 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM

BioDesigning by SITE and SCALE

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
Prospective Students 

This event is part of a weekly seminar series hosted by the BioDesign Challenge Seminar where speakers will delve into different sites, working at different scales, to achieve different designs with import for the living world.

Guests include Christine Filippone who will talk about some artists working in the 70s developing work at the Landscape; David Gruber will share various underwater (and other) designs to learn more about the Deep Sea Species; and Davida S. Smyth will share knowledge at the Microscopic level on how the design of anti-microbial paints might be setting the stage for the evolution of superbugs.

Given that life likes to live, how can we be more sensitive designers and citizens at each of these scales?

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Christine Filippone is Associate Professor of Art History and Coordinator of The Women’s and Gender Studies program at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.  Recipient of the 2017 SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication, her book Science, Technology, and Utopias: Women Artists and Cold War America (Routledge Press, 2017) examines feminist aesthetic approaches to science and technology.  Her research has been supported by a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and a Guggenheim Fellowship from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.  Currently, she is researching the intersection of systems theory and political utopias in Latin American conceptual art of the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Filippone also has significant experience in museums and galleries.  She served as Executive Director of The Print Center in Philadelphia (founded in 1915 as The Print Club), an art gallery and store dedicated to contemporary printmaking and photography. She has also worked in curatorial departments at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, International Center of Photography in New York and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

David Gruber is a National Geographic Explorer, underwater photographer, marine biologist, coral reef expert, lab geek, remote operated vehicle builder and “animal-eye” camera inventor. He is currently Presidential Professor of Biology at City University of New York, Baruch College, where his research pertains to marine biology, jellyfish, genomics and biofluorescence. His deep-diving scientific diving teams have discovered scores of unique biofluorescent compounds, several of which have been developed into tools to find better cancer drugs.

Davida S. Smyth is an Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Lang having served as Chair of Natural Sciences at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York and Assistant Professor at CityTech of CUNY. A SENCER Leadership Fellow, her research focuses on the genomics of Staphylococcus aureus and the impact of antibiotic resistance in clinical and environmental strains of staphylococci. She is an active faculty mentor and engages in professional development for future faculty. She also engages in pedagogical research in the area of student civic and scientific literacy and ways to promote and support non-traditional students in STEM.

Presented by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design

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