NATURE Lab Opening Celebration with Dr. Jennifer Willet and special guests
June 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
From the streets of Troy, NY to community science labs around the globe, join our NATURE Lab Opening Celebration!
Join us for the grand virtual opening of NATURE Lab! From around the world, bio artists, scientists and ecologists will inaugurate our new community science laboratory. Featuring a virtual talk/performance by Dr. Jennifer Willet, bio artist from INCUBATOR Lab in Windsor, Canada, along with special guests including Dr. Catherine Febria from Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research in Windsor, Marta de Menezes from Cultivamos Cultura in Portugal, and more!
Directly after this event, witness our Water Justice Lab youth fellows, in collaboration with Riverkeeper, test community collected water samples of our nearby Hudson River!
Sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Dr. Jennifer Willet is a Canada Research Chair in Art, Science, and Ecology and an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor (Canada.) Willet is an internationally successful artist and curator in the emerging field of bioart. Her work explores notions of representation and body in relation to evolving biotechnologies with an emphasis on ecological metaphors. She taught in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University in Montreal Canada from 2000-2007, and completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at the same institution. Willet also taught “Bioart: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences” for The Art and Genomics Centre at The University of Leiden in The Netherlands in 2008. In 2009 she opened the first bioart lab in Canada called INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology. www.incubatorartlab.com
Dr. Catherine Febria is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) & Dept. of Integrative Biology at the University of Windsor. She is co-Director of the GLIER Organic Analysis & Nutrients Laboratory, a central research facility. She is Associate Director of FishCAST, an NSERC CREATE graduate student training program. Her research focuses on the ecology and restoration of small streams and wetlands, and their role in contributing to ecosystem health in the Laurentian Great Lakes. She remains actively involved as an alumni Fellow with the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), as Co-Chair of the International Science Advisory Panel for New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, and has served as Coordinating Editor with the journal Restoration Ecology since 2017. She held a postdoctoral role at the University of Maryland’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (2010-2013) and most recently relocated her research back to the Great Lakes Region of Canada from the University of Canterbury in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is co-founder of the Kindness in Science global initiative, and contributes actively to actions, scholarship & mentorship to support justice, equity, diversity & inclusion in academia. Twitter: @ecofebria
Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal. http://martademenezes.com