Magazine article American Scientist

Sigma XI Will Showcase Art and Science Collaborations at Its Annual Meeting

Magazine article American Scientist

Sigma XI Will Showcase Art and Science Collaborations at Its Annual Meeting

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Sigma Xi will highlight interdisciplinary collaborations, particularly those that connect art and science, in preparation for its Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in November, where the theme will be Hacking the Brain: The Intersection of Art and Neuroscience.

From October to December 2019, Sigma Xi was part of As Above As Below, a collection of six multimedia and interactive exhibits in San Francisco created by teams of artists, astrophysicists, and neuroscientists. Each exhibit explored the parallels between galactic and neuronal networks. The collection was curated and produced by Esther Mallouh of Keen on Art.

Some of the collaborators sat on a panel discussion, moderated by Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon, for the exhibit opening to discuss their projects and what it was like to work together.

"I think the bottom line of this is that artists and scientists are looking for creative solutions to innovate," said Forest Stearns, the creative innovation consultant and artist in residence founder at Google AI Quantum.

Joel Primack, Sigma Xi immediate past president and a distinguished professor of physics emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said he came away with a new perspective about his own research. …

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