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March 1, 2006

The Art of Science at Farmingdale State

For three days in a row, Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30, the Distinguished Speaker Program at Farmingdale State University of New York presents Lectures in Science & Technology/Conversations in the Arts: The Art of Science.  The presentations will start at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day in the Roosevelt Hall Little Theatre. All events are free and open to the public.

On March 28, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Robert P. Crease , a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University,and an historian at Brookhaven National Laboratory, will present the keynote speech, "The Prism and the Palette: Intersections of Beauty in Science & Art."  He writes a monthly column, "Critical Point," for Physics World magazine. Crease is perhaps best known for his book The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science.

A biochemistry professor at Duke University, Dr. Jane S. Richardson is best known for her initially hand-drawn and now computer-painted portraits of proteins. She and her husband, David, have worked together for over 40 years to understand the 3-D structure of protein molecules. She will present the lecture "Art and Metaphor in Molecular Biophysics." on March 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Michael McGuigan is a computer scientist in the Computational Science Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  He specializes in the field of scientific visualization and computer graphics and will present a lecture on "Applications of Scientific Visualization." on March 29 at 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theoretician working with genetic imagery.  She has exhibited at museums and galleries across the world, and she has written and lectured widely on the intersection of visual art, art history, and the genetic sciences. Dr. Anker is co-author of the recent book The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age.  Her lecture is titled "Picture Perfect: From Golden Rules to Golden Boys." She will appear at Farmingdale State on March 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Alexis Rockman has worked for nearly two decades in his Tribeca studio, where he creates images of future ecological nightmares.  Rockman's work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in many public collections, among them the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Guggenheim Museum.  He will display a slide presentation of his artwork on March 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Peter Wasilewski, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD., uses polarized light to see the colors in the ice crystals that make up ice and snow. Wasilewski is an avid photographer and has invented a unique way to photograph ice crystals.  Wasilewski is gaining attention for his analysis and photographs of 2006 Turin Winter Olympic ice and snow.  He will present "Artistic Expression of the Spectrum Frozen in Ice" on March 30 at 11:00 a.m.  More information can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2006/olympic_ice.html.

The Distinguished Speakers Program at Farmingdale State is committed to bringing important scholars and artists to the Farmingdale campus to enrich the lives of the college community and the citizens of Long Island. For further information, contact the Director of the Distinguished Speakers Program Dr. Charles Fishman at 631-420-2687.