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Art in Science


An awesome, FREE, two-day event, jointly presented by Science@Cal and the Energy Biosciences Institute

How is science expressed through art? How do the arts inspire science…

View original and intriguing images of scientific investigation, and meet the scientists and artists who created them.

Browse multi-media exhibits, get hands-on with origami, stay for cool presentations on the cutting edge of art-in-science.

February 27 and 28, 5:30 to 9:00pm
Free Admission • Live Music • Refreshments
Energy Biosciences Building • 2151 Berkeley Way

Explore, discover, enjoy!



Lectures — Thursday Feb 27th

Carlo H. Séquin
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
“Art of Minimal Energy”
More information…(pdf)

Dr. N. Louise Glass
Professor, Associate Chair, Plant & Microbial Biology
“Neurospora crassa: Portrait of a Fabulous Fungus”
More information…(pdf)

Lectures — Friday Feb 28th

Michelle Koo
Herpetologist, Biodiversity Informatics & GIS Scientist and Researcher, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
“The Legacy of Robert C. Stebbins: Art, Science and Conservation”

More information…(pdf)

Anand Varma
UC Berkeley alum and contributing photographer, National Geographic Magazine
“Kite-Powered Photographs of Patagonia”
More information…(pdf)

Live Demonstrations

Katie Bertsche
Staff Illustrator, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Live scientific illustration demonstration

Bernie Peyton
Origami Master, UC Berkeley alum
Live origami demonstration — plus try your hand at origami!

Live Music

The Random Jazz Trio (music on both nights from 5:30-7:00pm)

Art in Science Exhibits

The following are just a sampling of the displays:

John P. Alper
Energy Biosciences Institute

Alper_JohnPNano Cityscape
(digital image)

John Alper’s research interests are broadly centered around the synthesis and application of semiconductor nanowires in energy storage.


Mitch Altschuler
Energy Biosciences Institute
Schuerg_TimoThe Domestication of GYST

Mitch is the Intellectual Property Manager for the Energy Biosciences Institute.


Brian Farley
PostDoc, Microbial & Cell Biology
Farley_BrianGhosts in the Machine

The image on the left, “Emergent Spiral,” is from Brian’s video that will be on display at the show.

Brian’s research focuses on small RNA-mediated regulation of sexual reproduction in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila.

Jahlela Hasle
Undergraduate, Cognitive Science
(photography exhibit)

The image on the left, “Ovum Cropped,” is from Jahlela’s photography that will be on display at the show.

We are surrounded by light. Some is natural, some electrical, some chemical. All illuminates. This collection of photographs explores light created or altered by technology.


Roy Kaltschmidt
Energy Biosciences Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Kaltschmidt_Roy1 Photography Exhibit

Roy Kaltschmidt is a renowned photographer for LBNL. His exhibit will highlight a few favorites from his large body of work.

The images on the left were taken at the Daya Bay Neutrino Facility in China (an experiment that is a joint venture between China and the USA).


Dr. Bernie Peyton
UC Berkeley
alum, wildlife conservationist, origami master
Peyton_BernieWildlife Conservation and the Art of Paper Folding
(origami exhibit)

The image on the left is of Bernie’s Tent Bats origami sculpture.

Bernie Peyton received his BA at Harvard University, MS at University of Montana, and PhD at the University of California Berkeley. After years of working in the field as a wildlife conservationist, Bernie now excites and delights audiences with his art that highlight wildlife conservation issues.


Timo Schuerg
PostDoc, Louise Glass Lab, Energy Biosciences Institute
Schuerg_TimoNext generation of fungi for sustainable transportation fuels is on the way
(digital image)

The image on the left is of Myceliophthora heterothallica — squeezed ripe fruiting bodies of a cross of two Myceliophthora strains.


Dr. Carlo H. Séquin
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


Art of Minimal Energy
(sculpture exhibit)

Carlo H. Séquin has a Ph.D degree in experimental physics from the University of
Basel, Switzerland. From 1970 till 1976 he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and in 1977 he joined the faculty in the EECS Department at Berkeley. Since 1995 he has collaborated with P. Wright in Mechanical Engineering on the CyberCut / CyberBuild project with the goal to streamline the path from creative design to rapid prototyping.

Séquin’s work in computer graphics and in
geometric design have also provided a bridge to the world of art. In collaboration with a
few sculptors of abstract geometric art, Séquin has found a new interest and yet another
domain where the use of computer-aided tools can be explored and where new frontiers
can be opened through the use of such tools.

Kathryn Strobel
Graduate Student, Doug Clark Lab, Energy Biosciences Institute

Clay model of a protein domain (a cellulose binding module)

Kathryn’s research focus is on engineering cellulose binding modules for reduced lignin affinity and directed evolution of proteases for new sequence specificity.

Anand Varma
UC Berkeley alum and contributing photographer, National Geographic Magazine

Varma_AnandKite-Powered Photographs of Patagonia
(photography exhibit)

The image on the left is entitled “Sunset viewed from the crater of the dormant Antillanca volcano. November 2011, Chile.”

In 2010, Anand received a Young Explorer Grant from the National Geographic Society to photograph the wetlands of Patagonia, and he has been a freelance contributor to National Geographic Magazine since 2011.

Dr. Patricia Zambryski
Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
Detecting beauty within plant cells and in uneggspected places

(photography — shared exhibit with daughter)

Patricia Zambryski is a molecular, cellular and developmental biologist who studies
communication both between and within plant cells. As plant cells are surrounded by cellulose,
they have evolved small channels, called plasmodesmata to span the cellulose in the cell walls and
allow communication between individual cells. Within plant cells, the work focuses on how
chloroplasts communicate with other parts of the plant cell using microscopic extensions called

The above images are of the stromules Patricia studies. These images use a variety of differently colored fluorescent tags to mark cell walls, nuclei and chloroplasts. Until recently chloroplasts were seen as simple oval shaped structures within the
plant cell. However, when chloroplasts are made to produce green fluorescent protein (GFP)
dynamic extensions from the chloroplasts, called stromules, are seen.

Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel
Berkeley native, free-lance photographer, daughter of Dr. Zambryski
Zambryski-Stachel_Shoshana1Detecting beauty within plant cells and in uneggspected places
(photography — shared exhibit with mother)

Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel was born and raised in Berkeley California to a pair of
scientists. Despite a lineage of PhD’s Shoshana went on to pursue her passion for photography,
graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography.

Although she is an artist her work relies primarily on a scientific understanding of the properties
of light and the chemistry used to fix it. The above images are from the series “AB OVO.”


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