- Bio-micrometeorologist Ian Faloona, associate professor in the Department of Land, Water and Air Resources, who will speak on “The Universality of Our Fluid Motions: An Experiment in Geophysical Dance”
- Artist Chris Fraser of San Francisco, whose topic is “The Tethered Image”and
- Visual artist/filmmaker Alison O'Daniel of Los Angeles, who will discuss “Quasi-Closed Captions: The Tuba Thieves.”
The event, free and open to the public, takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Music Building. A reception begins at 5:30, with the speaker presentations booked at 6 p.m., followed by conversations and rapid fire sharing at 6:45. Reservations are recommended; see ucdlaser03.eventbrite.com.
The LASER events engage the public as participants in conversations with artists, designers, scientists and technologies making significant contributions to their fields, according to coordinators Jiayi Young, assistant professor, Department of Design; and Diane Ullman, professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Faloona, who holds a doctorate in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, studied physical chemistry at UC Santa Cruz and conducted research in computational chemistry at Los Alamos National Lab before earning his doctorate. He served as a postdoctoral researcher in the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research before joining the UC Davis faculty.
Alison O'Daniel works across film, sculpture, performance and music, inviting audiences and collaborators "to navigate, de-construct and re-imagine sound." Her current film, “The Tuba Thieves,” is comprised of narrative film, performance and sculptures based on commissioned musical scores made in response to an epidemic of tuba thefts occurring in Los Angeles high schools. Her solo exhibitions have included Art In General, New York, and Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles. Among publications showcasing her work: The New York Times, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, and ArtReview. O'Daniel received her bachelor's degree in fibers and material studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art; a post-graduate diploma, fine arts, from Goldsmiths College, University of London; and her master's degree in studio art from UC Irvine.
Chris Fraser, who teaches photography at Mills College, Oakland, is an artist who makes perceptual apparatuses and environments modeled on historic image-making technologies. To Fraser, photographs are unbound by the time and place of their origin and able to meet anyone, anywhere at anytime. “Although much is gained through this freedom, distance is placed between the objects of the world and the images we make of them,” Fraser says. Through his work with apparatuses such as the camera obscura, Fraser says he puts “objects and their images back in dialogue with each other, sacrificing broad distribution for an experience of image that is local and ephemeral.” He will focus his talk on the relationship between objects and images, and how images are regarded when they are physically tethered in space and time to their object and the shifts that occur when the two drift apart. His talk will be accompanied by a live demo in a dark theatre.
The LASER events at UC Davis were launched by the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, co-founded and co-directed by entomologist/artist Diane Ullman of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of UC Davis. Artist/plant scientist Anna Davidson of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program recently moderated and coordinated the LASER events.
This is part of the winter-quarter series sponsored by the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. The seminars are recorded for later viewing on UCTV.
"The Western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis [Pergande] is an extremely small and ubiquitous insect with a host range exceeding 1200 plant species," she says. "They damage crops worldwide through their feeding and transmission of plant viruses, earning the title supervector due to their role as the primary vector of tospoviruses, high reproductive rates, polyphagous nature and resistance to most pesticides. This seminar will explore tospovirus replication in Western flower thrips, resulting in behavioral modifications and changes to expression of salivary genes."
The department's winter-quarter seminars take place every Wednesdays through March 15. All are held from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. Coordinator is assistant professor Christian Nansen. See seminar schedule.
Free and open to the public, it will include presentations by Manuelita Antonio Rangel-Sosa (aka MARS) of San Francisco, architect, designer and artist; Megan Dennis, UC Davis biochemist, and Matthias Hess, UC Davis microbiologist.
The LASER presentations are an outgrowth of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, co-founded and co-directed by UC Davis professor of entomology Diane Ullman and Donna Billick, self-described rock artist based in Davis. The new co-directors of the UC Davis LASER programs are Timothy Hyde, assistant professor, Department of Art and Art History, and Jiayi Young, assistant professor, Department of Design.
“Tim Hyde and I envision LASER taking on a modality beyond just presentations,” Young said. “Adding a conversation component designed to engage the public in conversations with artists, designers, scientists and technologists, we will provide opportunities for unexpected juxtapositions that occur at the intersection of seemingly unrelated research and projects.”
The first event will feature:
Anna Davidson, artist and scientist and active in the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, founded the UC Davis LASER Program while she was studying for her master of fine arts degree from the Department of Art and Art History from 2014 to 2016.
Additional LASERs are scheduled for Feb. 9 and May 11. (Check with UC Davis LASER Facebook for ongoing information and updates.)
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Students in Professor Diane Ullman's Entomology 1 class, fusing art with science, will be showing their work at a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 in the Third Space Collective, 946 Olive Drive, Davis.
The event, billed as "Totems, Glass and the Movies," is free and open to the public.
Some 56 students participated, Professor Ullman said. "The students have really worked hard and for the first time ever we have stop-action movies, led by Allison Simler,and glass fusion artworks, led by entomology graduate student, Joanna Bloese."
Donna Billick and Diane Ullman led students in creating totems with clay, cement and mosaic. Ullman and Billick co-founded and co-directed the UC Davis Arts/Science Fusion Program.
"We are looking forward to introducing the UC Davis community to the fine work of our students, Ullman said.
Ullman, former associate associate dean for undergraduate academic programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, is noted for her research, teaching and public service.
She received the Entomological Society of America's distinguished teaching award in 2013. She earlier received the outstanding teaching award from the Pacific Branch of ESA, comprised of 11 western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming), parts of Canada and Mexico, and seven U.S. territories.
Professor Diane Ullman today announced the list of noon-hour spring seminars hosted by the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. All seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. from March 30 through June 1 in Room 230 of Wellman Hall. (This is a change of venue from the winter quarter.)
The seminars, chaired by Ullman, are open to all interested persons.
The schedule as of April 25: