ArtSciLab Welcomes Two New Team Members

The ArtSciLab would like to welcome two new additions to the team, Stephanie Brisendine and Stephen Witt. Stephanie is an EMAC Major and Stephen is an ATEC Major , both are Seniors at UT Dallas.

They will be working on our various exciting projects including the up and coming podcast, Creative Disturbance, as well as our heavily anticipated E-book releases. Be on the lookout for our projects as we begin rolling them out in the future.

ArtSciLab Researchers Roger Malina and Andrew Blanton Present their work at the Inaugural LASER

ArtSciLab researchers Roger Malina and Andrew Blanton will be presenting their work at the inaugural LASER in Austin Texas on March 4.

The LASER series is being organised by JD Talasek, the Cultural Director of the US National Academy of Science. Malina and Blanton will present in particular the ArtSciLab work in collaboration with Professor Gagan Wig of UT Dallas ( )

His research program uses a combination of structural and functional imaging tools (including fMRI, DTI, and TMS) to understand the organization of large-scale human brain networks and how these networks change over the adult-lifespan. The Art Sci Lab is working with him to develop innovative ways of representing the data, in particular using data sonication techniques.

The resulting work is intended to develop scientifically useful research tools but also create compelling art work.

Further details on the ArtSciLab can be found at :

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The Inaugural ATX LASER: March 4th , 2014 at 7 p.m.

Space is limited so RSVP today by emailing

The UMLAUF proudly announces the inauguration of ATX LASER (Austin, Texas – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), a salon series culminating at the intersection of art and science. In today’s environment of new technologies and scientific advancements, cultivation of creativity among all areas of human endeavor is paramount to knowledge production and fully understanding the impact of our changing world on the development of our identity within it. Over the next year, this salon will explore such diverse topics as: the impact and creative application of technology; the intersection of anatomy, art and genetics; arts role in environmental education and activism; visualizing and understanding Big Data; building community and communication between disciplines; and much more.

Akin to successful art-science programs in London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC David, UC Santa Cruz, and New York City, ATX LASER provides an opportune environment for progressive thought leaders to come together to form community and explore the intersections of disciplinary thinking. ATX LASER welcomes innovators of all types: artists, scientists, curators, scholars, engineers, designers, and educators, to participate. Throughout his life’s work, Charles Umlauf explored the relationship of art and science through both process and symbolism. Emphasizing the importance of sharing ideas and knowledge as a platform of its mission, the UMLAUF offers the ideal creative crucible for seemingly unrelated disciplines to reconvene.

Each ATX LASER session will feature multimedia presentations and three to four speakers, each given the opportunity to address a compelling aspect of their research. Following the presentations, an open discussion will commence where participation is welcomed and encouraged from all attendees. All ATX LASERs are free and open to the public. Please join us at ATX LASER’s launch: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.

The UMLAUF is proud to be partnering with Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), a non-profit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers, and thinkers through programs focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output, and innovation.

ATX LASER was conceived by J.D. Talasek, Scholar-in-Residence, UMLAUF. Talasek is Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and the founder of that city’s DASER program. His co-organizers for ATX LASER are Katie Robinson Edwards, PhD., UMLAUF Curator, and Diane Sikes, UMLAUF Director of Programs. ATX LASER is made possible through the generous support of J.D. Talasek and the UMLAUF.

At ATX LASER, art and science will unite in the serene environment of Lawrence Speck’s architectural gem amidst the UMLAUF gardens. The UMLAUF was founded in 1991 with the mission of exhibiting the work of Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting and providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. An inventive problem solver, in his lifetime Umlauf engaged with the fields of anatomy, architecture, engineering, and geology. ATX LASER pays homage to Umlauf’s creative vision and will include future sessions relating directly to the sculptor’s vast oeuvre.

The Inaugural ATX LASER: March 4th , 2014 at 7 p.m.

Space is limited so RSVP today by emailing


o Katie Robinson Edwards , UMLAUF Curator

– TOPIC: A brief introduction on behalf of the UMLAUF

o J.D. Talasek , Moderator.

– TOPIC: “Shaping Community around Creativity and Innovation”

o Roger Malina , Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair, University of Texas at Dallas Roger. Malina is a physicist, astronomer, Executive Editor of Leonardo Publications at MIT Press, Professor of Physics and Associate Director of the Arts and Technology Program at UT Dallas.

– TOPIC: The ArtSciLab at UT Dallas opened in the fall of 2013 with the objective of enabling in depth collaboration between artists and scientists. Our first projects involve manipulating data from astronomy, brain sciences and geo-sciences

o Andrew Blanton , a composer and media artist. Blanton is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas and is a Research Fellow in the ATEC ArtSciLab.

– TOPIC: interactive installation called MODULATOR, will be co-presenting with Roger Malina

o Francesca Samsel, Visual Artist. Austin-based artist Francesca Samsel uses scientific visualization and high-resolution displays to create digital murals inspired by scientific research.

– Topic: Art-Sci-Vis: Stirring the Mix, Creating Multiple Outcomes

o Kathy Ellins, Program Manager at the Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Trained as a geochemist,

– Topic: Geoscience Through the Lens of Art: Examples From The American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting


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