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Synergy Research Events

During the Spring of 2016, the Faculty Research Lunches evolved into an opportunity for colleagues and collaborators to share their research and engage in dialog. Rechristened as the Synergy Research Events, faculty came together to learn more about the current practices and interests of fellow MICA community members. Each lunch focused on a theme identified in the Spring 2015 Faculty Research Survey. Intended to bring together a range of approaches to a given topic, these gatherings aimed to create "synergy" by facilitating dialogue across disciplines, perspectives, and methodologies.

Spring 2018 Synergy Events:

Practice-led Research with Andrea Polli

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 12:00pm-2:00pm | Lazarus 090

The Office of Research invites you to a lunch presentation and discussion with artist Andrea Polli. Andrea will share her work and lead a discussion about the methodologies used in practice-led research.

Hack the Grid is a book and a movement–not about the scary, destructive definition of ‘hacking' dominating the news (we're not talking about cyberwarfare here), but about the original definition of ‘hacking': to make your own. The goal through "Hack the Grid' provides examples of ways artworks can help you to understand more about the energy you consume, and inspires you to ‘make it your own' by experimenting with energy-related technologies and ideas and to be able to make more informed choices and advocate for the kind of energy you want in your homes and communities.

About Andrea Polli:

Andrea Polli is currently Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University's Center for Advanced Research Computing.

Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science, and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating directing art and community projects, and writing. She has been creating media and technology artworks related to environmental science issues since 1999, when she first began collaborating with atmospheric scientists on sound and data sonification projects. Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA/Goddard Institute Climate Research Group in New York City, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and AirNow.

Polli's work with art/science, technology has been presented widely in over one hundred presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art Artport and The Field Museum of Natural History, and has been recognized through numerous grants, residencies, and awards including those by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and UNESCO. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts, and others. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a doctorate in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Her latest book is Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles from Intellect Press.

Faculty Research PechaKucha & Happy Hour

Thursday March 1, 2018 | 5:00pm-7:00pm | Main 110

PechaKucha is a method for building concise presentations. Twenty images are shown for twenty seconds each, resulting in a presentation just under seven minutes in length. PechaKucha nights are held the world over as a way for individuals to share their work within their local community.

Synergy Event: Baltimore i-team, Mayor's Office of Innovation

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 12:00pm-1:30pm | Location, Lazarus 109
RSVP requested by April 20, 2018 | Lunch Provided

The Research Committee and Office of Research invite you to participate in a follow-up information and discussion session with the Mayor's Office of Innovation, Baltimore (Baltimore i-team). i-Team members will share updates on their most recent project focused on police recruitment. They will also share information regarding their future assignments. This session will be an interesting follow-up for those who attended the lunch with the i-Team last fall, but also suitable for any community member who wants to learn more about opportunities for collaboration with the i-Team.

Present at this session will be i-team members:

  • Dan Hymowitz, Director, The Mayor's Office of Innovation
  • Emily Ianacone, Design Strategist, The Mayor's Office of Innovation 
  • Justin Elszasz, Data Scientist, The Mayor's Office of Innovation
  • Tamika Gauvin, Program Manager, The Mayor's Office of Innovation
  • Shirley Yan, Design Intern, The Mayor's Office of Innovation

The Mayor's Office of Innovation is a team, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, that works with City agencies to design and develop projects using research, data and design to tackle a range of challenges in Baltimore. A team of four comprise the Office of Innovation which will focus on a single issue, defined by the Mayor, over a period of several months before moving on to a new area.

To see information on past events, please select a semester from the archive to the left.

This page was last updated on 04/13/2018.