The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience, a two-day public celebration of new and fascinating ideas and images from two emerging health sciences disciplines, will take place March 30-31 at 333 Montezuma Annex in the Railyard area in Santa Fe. Public events include an art show, illustrated talks and hands-on activities for kids.
Now in its third year, The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience explores the artistic side of science by bringing into public view the dazzling images created through the use of contemporary microscopes, nanoengineering technologies and computational data visualization methods. This year’s hung and digital art will showcase the stunning scientific illustrations and animations of 2012 visiting artist Dr. Graham Johnson, along with powerful new visualizations of our world generated by scientists working within systems biology and nanotechnology.
Systems biology is a relatively new field that studies the complex interactions that take place within living cells and organisms. Nanotechnology is the science and engineering of manipulating matter on unprecedentedly small scales (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter).
Complementing the art will be talks by two widely recognized biomedical scientists: cell biologist and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor Dr. Ron Vale from the University of California in San Francisco, and computational biologist Dr. Bette Korber from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Vale’s accomplishments include pioneering work with novel light microscopes to discover and characterize microtubule motors—the molecular machines that power processes like cell division and neurotransmission. Dr. Korber uses new data visualization techniques to make fundamental discoveries about the evolution of viruses harmful to human health. In addition, Dr. Piotr Grodzinski, Director of the National Cancer Institute Alliance for Cancer Nanotechnology, will discuss and illustrate the future of nanotechnology in medicine and the beauty of nanoscale engineering.
Visiting artist Dr. Graham Johnson will lead a gallery walk, and educator Dr. Karen Dell of iBioSeminars will show how iBio uses new visualization tools to share developments and discoveries in the biomedical sciences with scientists, students and the community.
The art show will be open from 4 to 9pm on Friday, March 30, and 10am to 8pm on Saturday, March 31. Public talks will be held at 6pm on Friday and 3 and 6pm on Saturday. Kids and teachers are invited to enter the world of the “teeny-tiny” through interactive experiments in nanotechnology from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, led by graduate students from the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program and the New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. The nanoscience program also includes a glo-fish giveaway for a participating teacher.
Events are free and open to the public. For a full agenda and to register to attend the wine and cheese receptions from 4:30 to 6pm each evening, please visit the event website.
The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience is sponsored by two interdisciplinary research centers located within the UNM Cancer Center, the New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling and the New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. Co-sponsors include the host gallery, 333 Montezuma Annex, the LANL Center for Non-Linear Studies, the New Mexico Consortium and the Santa Fe Complex.