One of the objectives of ICubed is to inform the UCF Community about scientific concepts. The project is meeting this objective by funding the STEAM Gallery Initiative which is an activity that encourages STEM researchers to expand their thinking and find ways to communicate their science to non-STEM audiences. In Spring 2012, the ICubed team relied on previous experiences to create artwork for the gallery.
Through STEAM, UCF STEM faculty researchers who received grant supplements for their students, interacted with faculty and students in the School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD). Participating Art and Design students attended a 3-week long seminar, as part of their course of study, and created science-inspired art based on the STEM researcher's explanations of science concepts and possibilities. In this ICubed Initiative, Visual Arts students were able to find new creative ways to communicate the science through their art. ICubed invited two STEM researchers, one from the Environmental Engineering Department (Debbie Reinhart) and the other from the Biology Department (Lauren von Kalm) to present their work in David Isenhour's Sculpture class.
Debbie Reinhart, her Ph.D. student Stephanie Bolyard, and the ICubed Fellow Kunal Nayee talked about nanoparticles and their impact on the environment. In particular they emphasized the different pathways to appropriately dispose nanoparticles through wastewater treatments or landfill treatments, and how these processes can be made to be more effective. Lauren Von Kalm and the ICubed Fellow Victoria Kreinbrick, talked about cancer therapies, networks of genes and cells, and the testing of drugs that can starve cancer cells and inhibit their growth. Both presentations lasted approximately 30 minutes and were followed by 10 minutes long discussions.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.