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!
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