Art and science go hand in hand in ways people do not often expect. The combination of art and science can be a very powerful tool for explaining scientific concepts, as well as promoting fascination with science through new avenues.
SciArt "the bridge" residency
I am really excited to begin a science-art collaboration with the fantastic artist Ken Millington through "the bridge" residency program with the SciArt Center in NYC, as part of the 2017 residency program. You can follow our progress at our blog here, as we work toward creating a new science-art project! We have just begun, and our brainstorming is in full force right now. I have a good feeling about the interesting things that could come out of this collaboration!
Oakridge research and education prairie
We worked with nearly 200 students and citizens at Oakridge Research and Education Prairie to teach people about the importance of native prairie conservation. This site was conveniently located in the middle of Ames, Iowa, and so we able to bring many Iowa State students to the site. Our work focused on using the arts and humanities in conjunction with restoration ecology to promote conservation.
Art in Public Spaces
As an undergraduate biology student at the University of Michigan, we created a mural on Evolution for the new Undergraduate Science Building on campus. You can see me working on my part of the mural here.