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LASER Talks 07 at UC Davis

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous - LASER Talks

Friday, November 16, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PST)

LASER Talks 07 at UC Davis

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LASER // Conversations in Art and Science

The Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) talks at UC Davis are presentations that engage the public as participants in conversations with artists, designers, scientists, and technologists making significant contributions to their fields. The evenings are designed to encourage unexpected juxtapositions between seemingly unrelated projects, facilitating the interdisciplinary conversations that engage the challenges of the 21st century.

 LASER 07 //

Friday, November 16, 2018, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Art Annex 107 Main
UC Davis Main Campus

Campus map showing the location of the Art Annex building


Admission free; Reservations recommended //

11:00am Door
11:15am Speaker Presentations

12:00pm Conversations followed by Rapid Fire Community Sharing

Refreshments will be provided. 

Moving Mind //

Jean-Marc Chomaz

Professor; Co-founder, Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique(LadHyX); Director, CNRS École Polytechnique, France

Jean-Marc Chomaz is an artist and a physicist. His research concerns the dynamics of soap films, the theory of instability, the vortex breakdown, geo-physical fluids, biomechanics and the integration of the arts with the sciences. He received the CNRS Silver Medal in 2005, the Ampere Prize in 2012, and was appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2001. Considered as one of the best fluid mechanics of his generation for his theoretical, numerical and experimental contributions, alone or in collaboration with media artists and dancers, Chomaz also conducts an active artistic practice and exhibits his installations and performances around the world including an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica. With Laurent Karst he co-found the collective Labo-factory in 2005.

Dermal Abyss //

Katia Vega

Assistant Professor, Design Department, College of Letters and Science, UC Davis

Katia Vega is an Assistant Professor of Design at UC Davis. She completed a post-doctorate at the MIT Media Lab. Using biosensors, she transforms traditional body modification techniques intointeractive skin interfaces. Her project, Dermal Abyss, extends the possibility of biosensors as a Tatooed interface. This project is an award winning interdisciplinary collaboration with MIT researchers Nick Barry, Viirj Kan and Xin Liu, and Nan Jiang and Ali Yetisen at the Harvard Medical School. Vega is one of the CNET’s 2017 Top 20 Most Influential Latinos in Technology and the winner of the Interactive Innovation Award at the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW).

Drones and Beans //

Travis Parker

Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Biology Graduate Group, College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis

Travis Parker is a biologist and geneticist, Parker uses drones to study what makes a crop competitive against weeds. He has also used drones to evaluate high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic farms. Under the guidance of Professor Paul Gepts, a geneticist at UC Davis, Parker’s work aims to improve the performance and profitability of organic farms by improving legumes like pinto, black and kidney beans, as well as heirloom-like varieties with high culinary quality. Parker’s team recently received a grant from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that funds innovative projects in agriculture.


Event sponsored by College of Letters and Sciences at UC Davis, UC Davis Global Affairs, and Leonardo/ISAST.

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Art Annex

Davis, CA 95616

Friday, November 16, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PST)

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Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous - LASER Talks

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. There are over two dozen LASER Talks world wide including four in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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