Art & Science: Connections and Intersections
“Art & Science: Connections and Intersections” is a series of symposia and curricular events dedicated to research that cuts across academic boundaries and has broad social implications. Following an initial symposium on the interpretation of images in the arts and sciences, the 2015 symposium focuses on lighting design and technology.
Sandy Isenstadt is Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and is a Professor in the Art History Department, where he teaches the history of modern architecture. His writings range over topics such as postwar reformulations of modern architecture by émigré architects, picture windows, refrigerators, light switches, landscape views, and real estate appraisal. His first book, The Modern American House: Spaciousness and Middle Class Identity, recipient of the 2009 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, centers on spatial perception in the built environment. A co-edited volume, Modernism and the Middle East. Politics of the Built Environment, published in Fall, 2008, is the first book-length treatment of modern architecture in the Middle East. Cities of Light. Two Centuries of Urban Illumination, also co-edited, will be the first global history of urban lighting when it is published in February, 2015. His current work examines the novel luminous spaces introduced by electric lighting. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, N.J.
John Jungck, Director of Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Delaware, holds joint appointments in the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Biology, and the Bioinformatics Program. He is a leader in Biology Education Reform, a Mathematical Molecular
Evolutionary Biologist, and a Computer Software Developer of biological simulations, tools, and
databases. His research interests are in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (Bioinformatics, the origins of genetic codes, image analysis and simulation of patterns in nature, and evolutionary analysis of complex data sets), History and Philosophy of Biology, and Interdisciplinary Education. Currently the editor of Biology International, he has held editorial positions in numerous journals, including Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, American Biology Teacher, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, BioSystems: Journal of Molecular, Cellular and Behavioral Origins and Evolution. In 1986, he co-founded the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium to help produce and promote curricular reform across the nation. He has also chaired and served on many committees charged with education in the sciences, mathematics and information technology. He is a Fulbright Scholar (Thailand), a Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, a Fellow of the National Institute of Science Education, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Kristi Kiick, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in Biomedical Engineering, is currently Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and a Eugene DuPont Memorial Scholarship. Her research centers on biologically derived methods for the synthesis and assembly of advanced macromolecular materials and includes: the development of protein engineering methods for the synthesis and modification of artificial protein polymers; the use of modified proteins in both biological and materials applications such as toxin neutralization, manipulation of cell signaling, and construction of light-emitting devices; the development of new elastomeric materials with well-defined conformational and assembly behavior; the assembly of hydrogel networks via protein-polysaccharide interactions to produce materials that mimic the biological activity of the extracellular matrix and that have controlled mechanical, erosion, and drug delivery properties; the development of delivery vehicles that respond to stimuli presented on cell surfaces, with potential applications in wound healing, chemotherapy, and tissue engineering; and the application of these materials in basic investigations of cell-material interactions, and in clinical venues such as wound healing and cardiovascular repair.
Carol Nigro is a private art dealer who has specialized in photography for over twenty years. Her credentials include a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Delaware. Through her close working relationships with museum clients and their supporters, her prior experience as a communications professional, and her participation in on-going pro-bono projects, she has acquired extensive knowledge of the Curatorial, Development, and Communications activities of non-profit institutions in the visual arts, including strategic planning, fund-raising, resource management, and public relations. She is also an independent scholar writing specializing in the work of the artist Cy Twombly. In 2013, she accepted an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences.
Ralph Nigro is a UD alumnus and mechanical engineer with over 34 years of experience in the energy industry. He works with a variety of industry, utility, and government clients to provide consulting services for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs including technology evaluation, program design and implementation. Mr. Nigro has extensive practical experience in program management and implementation, and he is currently responsible for managing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs throughout the U.S. As a Senior Vice President of the Applied Energy Group, he manages the company’s Delaware office. Prior to joining Applied Energy Group, Inc., Mr. Nigro worked at the Delmarva Power & Light Company in several different positions in generation engineering, research and development, and business subsidiaries. In addition, Mr. Nigro is co-director of the University of Delaware’s Industrial Assessment Center, which is a U.S. Department of Energy funded center that prepares engineering students for work in the energy industry and provides industrial energy assessments throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Thomas Powers, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Administration, Research Fellow with the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, is currently Director of the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy. He has published widely on issues of ethics and morality in the computer age, with essays appearing in leading journals such as Topoi, Journal of Nano Education, IEEE Robotics and Automation, IEEE Intelligent Systems, and Ethics and Information Technology. He has also held leadership positions in service to a variety of institutions concerned with ethics and technology, including the Committee on Bioethics and Ethics in Science of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie, the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Computers, the Board of Management for the Consortium for Socially-Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering, and the Ethics and Human Rights Working Group convened by the Science & Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.