One of the people attending the SciArt exhibit I organized with Women in Bio (WIB) was the executive vice president of corporate communications from my former employer. She has been a great colleague, who actually aided in me joining the wonderful community of WIB in the first place. After attending the event, she wrote up an article about the event and posted it on the company’s internal website. It turned out to be a big hit!
Here are the kind words she had to say:
New York Women in Bio: “The Intersection of Art and Science”
On July 26, the local chapter of Women in Bio held a panel conversation / gallery show to discuss an unexpected topic – how the seemingly opposite fields of art and science are increasingly coming together in recent years.
Several scientist artists exhibited their work and participated in a panel discussion moderated by Yana Zorina, one of Acorda’s former scientists, and an inspired artist herself! Here are several examples of her work, some inspired by the research she did at Acorda, specifically on our M22 program. (It’s a whole new way to look at oligodendrocytes!)
Yana says that art was her first passion, growing up, and it wasn’t until she went to college that she became serious about a career in science. However, as time went on and her studies and career in science took precedence, she still looked for a creative output. Eventually, she began to marry some of the creative work she did in beads to the scientific images she was developing, and the rest is history!
I’m pleased to report that Yana has just begun work at Memorial Sloan Kettering as part of a two-year RNAi project. (If I can paraphrase Will Ferrell’s Mugatu in Zoolander, “RNAi, it’s so hot right now.”)
Congratulations to Yana on both of these accomplishments!
I am so very grateful for her continued support!
Last month I wrote a post about an event I organized with Women in Bio called “The Intersection of Art and Science”. There I moderated a panel of female artists who use scientific concepts as inspiration for their artwork. On top of organizing a panel, we also decided to do something different and actually set up a small exhibit of the panelists’ art pieces. We set up several easels on a table in a conference room and WHALA! It was a huge hit! Continue Reading
I have never been a fan of abstract art. When I was about 10, my parents took me to Florida for the first time. While there, we took a day trip to St. Petersburg to visit the Salvador Dali museum. I felt lost and thought that the paintings were pointless. My parents said that it might take a more mature age to understand such art. Continue Reading
Two weeks ago I attended a very interesting art exhibit entitled “EmBodied”. It was organized by the SciArt Center that I have written about in an earlier post. I came across it by accident, but just in time to make it to the opening reception. Incidentally, as I was approaching the gallery, the following sign caught my eye. It gave me a pretty good laugh, considering where I was heading. Continue Reading
Last week I wrote about a slightly unexpected turn that my work has taken. I have been posting pictures of my work in progress and finished pieces on Instagram, where I found quite a few of like-minded individuals. Most of these people are trained as scientists and want to share the beauty of what they are doing with the rest of the world. But as would probably be expected, most of this work gets noticed and appreciated by people who do something similar themselves – other scientists and artists. Continue Reading
Last year, when I founded NeuroBead, I based it on the idea that scientists like myself would want to see beautiful images from their research commemorated as pieces of art, that they could display on their walls. Many academic institutions, especially neuroscience departments, decorate their hallways with enlarged photos of cells that were taken under a microscope. These images are both gorgeous to look at and representative of the great scientific discoveries achieved by the researchers. They deserve to be preserved and remembered. Many departments and microscopy facilities even send out calls for best image competitions. I wanted to take this process one step further and portray this integration of science and visual art in a more creative form. Continue Reading
It has been a while since I have given an update on my beadwork. While I was working on the hair clips I have described in my previous posts here, here and here, my older daughter suggested a new idea. She has all of the symptoms of a child raised by scientists. Her most recent writing project in school focused on explaining how vaccines work! She has been fascinated with our “Bring your kid to work day” and has tried doing some simple experiments in museums and at home. She has also admired my artwork and has tried to get involved.
So when she saw me making biological hair clips in the form of cells,she requested a Red Blood Cell! Red blood cells are unique in that unlike all other cells they do not have a nucleus and have a slightly “pinched” morphology. They are responsible for carrying oxygen through our blood stream.
Here is a little bit of behind the process and how the clip turned out. I love the simple elegance that it projects!
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