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The Art of Science Policy, 40 Years of Science Impacting PolicyExhibit Closed September 27, 2013

Author C.P. Snow famously described a gap between scientists and “literary intellectuals,” igniting a debate over whether the “two cultures” could work in tandem – or even relate to each other – for the improvement of society.   This exhibit examines a similar dichotomy: can art, especially visual expression, enhance our understanding of the policy dimensions of science? 

In honor of the 40th anniversary of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, 16 artists from across the United States are featured in The Art of Science Policy . Their work is as diverse as the science policy issues spanning the past four decades.

Exhibiting Artists: Mia Bromwell, Aliza Waxman, Nancer Lemoins, Ellyn Weiss, Tara Cronin, Michael Glenwood, Ben Grasso, Danny Bowman, Lisa Hiatt, Kyle Warren, Ellen Weinstein, Christopher Locke, Mary Edna Fraser, Pop-Atomic Studios, Ron Miller, Gwenn Seemel, Ryan Murphy, and Samantha Dempsey.

With special thanks to: Hilary-Morgan Watt, Yolanda George, Kavita M. Berger, Erin Heath, Shirley Malcom, Sara Spizzirri, and Al Teich

Associated Exhibit Events

Visualizing Science Policy in 20x20 and Gallery Open House
20 September 2013
AAAS Art Gallery

AAAS S&T Policy Fellows will join some of the artists from the show to explore the complexities of today’s science policy issues through projects from academia, government, industry, non-profits and the arts arena. Participants have challenged themselves to think visually; each will present their work via a format of 20 slides that appear for 20 seconds each. Join us for this fast-paced event highlighting compelling issues and exciting projects.   

Read the article on the event titled, Both Artists and Scientists Observe, Ask Questions, Even Propose Solutions.
Speakers

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Dorothy Jones Davis Tara Cronin and Ed Chen Noel Gurwick Samantha Dempsey Nature McGinn
Gwen Seemel Marilyn Merritt Nancer LeMoins Victoria Gunderson Ryan Murphy
Dorothy Jones-Davis

Dorothy Jones Davis

2012-2014 Health, Education & Human Services Fellow

Similar to the way digital and other technologies have disrupted social networks, and the publishing, music, and communication industries, today many technologies (Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs], mobile and portable devices, Maker culture, serious games, adaptive learning platforms) are disrupting education. While the nature of disruption is to cause uncertainty in the midst of a stable environment, disruption can also promote change, pushing us to innovate. In recreating these systems, the engineering education community can leverage the positive impact of disruption to create policies and infrastructures to broaden access to and participation in engineering education for all learners, especially groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in engineering.

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Tara Cronin and Ed Chen

Tara Cronin, Artist & Ed Chen, CEO Viceroy Chemicals Inc.

Husband and wife team, Tara Cronin and Ed Chen, talk about how their Art and Science practices inform each other; about Tara’s use of non-traditional materials in her artwork; and how that led to their current project, the startup environmental engineering company, Viceroy Chemicals. This company formed Ed’s invention, the TerraLeaf reactor, which first sequesters carbon dioxide and then transforms it into fuels and other valuable and useful liquids using basically water and air.

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Noel Gurwick

Noel Gurwick

2008-09 Diplomacy Fellow

Where do people fit in the grand scheme of the universe that science has described? The Powers of Ten, a short film made in 1968 by Charles and Ray Eames, explored this question beautifully. The presenter’s contribution to the exploration of this idea is an original drawing titled “The Size of Things,” which depicts, in visually compelling form, a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical phenomena - from smallest to largest.

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Samantha Dempsey

Samantha Dempsey

Exhibiting Artist and RISD-Maharam STEAM Fellowship Alumni

Can visuals actually affect change? Samantha traces her transformation from disappointed illustrator to visual change-maker in healthcare. She focuses on her experiences with the STEM to STEAM movement at the Rhode Island School of Design and on her work as a Maharam STEAM Fellow at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.

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Nature McGinn

Nature McGinn

2012-14 Energy, Environment & Agriculture Fellow

As a fellow in the National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs, the primary focus of McGinn’s work has been identifying opportunities for expanding U.S. partnerships with other countries operating in the Antarctic Peninsula. McGinn chronicles her year at NSF and visits to all three U.S. stations in Antarctica – McMurdo (Ross Island), Scott-Amundsen (South Pole), and Palmer (Anvers Island) to gain a solid foundation on which to base recommendations about the potential for and obstacles to enhanced international scientific collaboration and logistical cooperation.

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Gwen Seemel

Gwen Seemel

Exhibiting Artist, Portland OR

Answers are safer than questions, and they’re easier too. That’s why a society needs artists and scientists: we ask the questions that keep the conversation of democracy going.

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Marilyn Merritt

Marilyn Merritt

1990-92 Diplomacy Fellow, Professor Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, George Washington university

An exploration of “Literacy in the Sahel” (educational policy) and the pervasiveness of science in personal experience.

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Nancer LeMoins

Nancer LeMoins

Exhibiting Artist, San Francisco CA

LeMoins is an accomplished artist whose work focuses on social issues including AIDS and the Environment. She believes that art has the power to open people’s minds, create understanding and compassion. Nancer makes art to birth new light on difficult circumstances and to offer new perspectives. In speaking of her 2009 ‘Bird’ series, she says that she “attempts to draw attention in a beautiful and elegant way to the importance of birds in our lives, and the folly of letting them die out due to environmental problems.” She then began to work on silkscreen posters, exploring themes of women and the impact of new laws and values.

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Victoria Gunderson

Victoria Gunderson

2012-13 Congressional and 2013-14 Diplomacy, Security & Development Fellow

In a few short weeks, absent of the passage of new legislation, the U.S. Government will close the doors to the Federal Helium Reserve and effectively eliminate 40 percent of the domestic and 30 percent of the global helium supply from the market. Today, helium is used in a variety of applications from semiconductor manufacturing to medical imaging as well as throughout the scientific research community. Abrupt closure of the facility will lead to major disruptions throughout the U.S. economy. This presentation will highlight the historical relationship of helium to the U.S. government as well as provide an overview of the status of pending legislation.

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Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Exhibiting Artist and Head Research Assistant & STEAM Fellow - Office of Government Relations, Rhode Island School of Design

In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Artist Ryan Murphy questions and explores how we can more effectively integrate art + design into policy, education, and research initiatives to transform our economy in the 21st century. Ryan is studying Industrial Design at RISD with a broader interest in the role of design on international public policy, development, and entrepreneurship.

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Sponsors

The project is co-sponsored by the AAAS Art Committee and the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program.