LASER Lecture

Monday, May 05, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fromm Hall 110 - Maier Room
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Spector, Tami I


What: Leonardo Arts Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

Each evening, in a casual academic setting free of charge and open to the public, presents up to four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts.

Fromm Hall, Maier Room
When: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Chaired/Hosted by:  Tami I. Spector (USF Dept. of Chemistry) and Piero Scaruffi

7:00-7:25: Terry Johnson (UC Berkeley) on "Synthetic Biology: Teaching Old Cells New Tricks"
Synthetic biology aims to design cells capable of drug synthesis.

7:25-7:50: Chhoti Rao (USF) on "India's Contemporary Art Scene"
In our age of globalization much attention is focused on Asia.

7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out following the event.

8:10-8:35: Bruno Olshausen (Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at UC Berkeley) on "Modeling the Neural Basis of Visual Perception, and Implications for Technology and Art"
Biological vision systems have evolved the ability to acquire information about the environment from measurements of light intensity.

8:35-9:00: Ashley Bellouin (Musician) on "In Search of an Eternal Present"
Music that invites the audience to experience an eternal present.

Sponsored by The Leonardo/International Society for Arts, Science and Technology ( in collaboration with the USF Dean's Office of Arts and Sciences


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