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

6:30-7:15pm Dr. Carlo H. Séquin Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences “Art of Minimal Energy” More information…(pdf) 7:30-8:15pm Dr. N. Louise Glass Professor, Associate Chair, Plant & Microbial Biology “Neurospora crassa: Portrait of a Fabulous Fungus” More information…(pdf)

Lectures — Friday Feb 28th

6:30-7:15pm 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) 7:30-8:15pm 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 (painting) Mitch is the Intellectual Property Manager for the Energy Biosciences Institute.  
Brian Farley PostDoc, Microbial & Cell Biology Farley_BrianGhosts in the Machine (video) 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 Hasle_JahlelaLightscapes (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 Sequin_Carlo1 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 Strobel_Kathryn Clay model of a protein domain (a cellulose binding module) (sculpture) 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 Zambryski_Patricia2 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 stromules. 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.”   For more information, contact