The 35-day government shut down finally ended on January 25, 2019. Getting the operations of the federal government up and running again, however, has not simply been like turning on a switch. The impact of the shutdown on federal science agencies went beyond those agencies that were formally closed for more than a month. To read more about the grants, fellowships, and research that was placed on hold and the growing concern about yet another shut down see this link
Biodesign Seminar: 7-8:45pm
Feb 11: Biodesign Seminar: Scales of the Anthropocene (marine bio, eco art, and superbugs)
Rm 510, 66 West 12th Street
This weekly series is hosted by Jenifer Wightman and Jane Pirone in the School for Design Strategies and brings artists, scientists, designers, and social critics together for a mash up for presentations that are connected by various themes central to Biodesign. The series is open to all, and the location moves from week to week. See this dynamic document for a full list of presenters, with room numbers updated on Fridays each week.
On February 11, the topic is SCALE as we investigate the effects of human action on the planet and ecosystems moving across the built environment to the deep oceans.
Christine Filippone: Guided by Gaia: Eco-Art Solutions for the Anthropocene Christine Filippone is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design at Millersville University, specializing in contemporary and 20th century art. She is also Coordinator of The Women’s and Gender Studies program. Recipient of the 2017 SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication, her book Science, Technology, and Utopias: Women Artists and Cold War America (Routledge Press, 2017) examines feminist aesthetic approaches to science and technology.
David Gruber: Organismal: Tracking other Lifeforms–BioDesigning for the Deep Sea David Gruber is Presidential Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Baruch College, City University of New York and serves on the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY Macaulay Honors College. He is also an Explorer for National Geographic, a Research Associate in Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History and an Adjunct Faculty member at the John B. Pierce Laboratory of the Yale School of Medicine. His interdisciplinary research pertains to marine biology, genomics/transcriptomics of uncharacterized marine organism, deep-sea ecology, photosynthesis, biofluorescence and bioluminescence.
Davida Smyth: Microbial: Superbug Survival in the Built Environment Davida Smyth is an Associate Professor of Biology at Eugene Lang College, and conducts research with her undergraduate team in the area of comparative microbial genomics and evolution, studying Staphylococcus aureus from animals and from humans and researches the role of the built environment and anthropogenic activity in driving antibiotic resistance, a major global health threat. She also engages in pedagogical research on improving civic and scientific literacy in biology and integrating authentic research into the curriculum to improve student engagement and success in science
Unauthorized Plans for NY
Thursday Feb 7 6:30mp- 8:30pm
CUNY Grad Center
This event is free and open to the public, but to attend, please RSVP here. However, please be advised that seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Throughout the history of “New York” there have been alternative visions for peace and sustainability put forward by people suffering from displacement. Those visions include radically different methods for the management of land, structure of government, and other fundamental transformations that seek to create harmony among people and nature. Join us for a discussion among practitioners Kazembe Balagun, Ashley Dawson, Dio Ganhdih, and Aurash Khawarzad working at the intersection of art, politics, and the development of such alternative narratives for the future of the city.
February 6 | 4pm – 5:30pm | Room 708 CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, 55 West 125th Street, Room 708 New York, NY 10027View Map
A psychologist by training, Dr. Naa Oyo A. Kwate has wide ranging interests in racial inequality and African American health. Her research has centered primarily on the ways in which urban built environments reflect racial inequalities in the United States, and how racism directly and indirectly affects African American health. Kwate’s research has been supported by funders including the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is currently working on a book project tracing fast food’s relationship to African American communities, and a second short monograph entitled The Spice of Racism: Anti-Blackness in Restaurant Branding will be published in early 2019 by the University of Minnesota Press.