ASaP Spotlight Series: Shedding Light on Collaborations between Artists and Scientists

The Spotlight Series is a speaker series that is hosted at Brown University's Granoff Center for the Creative Arts in order to facilitate understanding of links between artists and scientists. The series takes place during the academic year. The series engages with scholars and community members who discuss their work in bridging the arts and sciences. This project serves as a conduit for discourse and ideas. Our hope is that attendees will learn about how the art and science communities can work together for the benefit of society. 


PAST Speakers:

Paul Myoda

September 9th, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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Paul Myoda is a sculptor based in the woods of Chepachet, Rhode Island. Myoda is inspired by the underlying logic and mathematical principles of the natural world and applies them to his work with new media, technology and industrial materials. The result is compositions of light, motion, and form that find a balance and a beauty between the organic and the built. Regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally, his sculptures and installations are known for their elegance and their expression of organic forces through artificial materials and systems. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University, Myoda is recognized as an artist, designer, critic and educator. Based in NYC from 1990-2006, Myoda was represented by the Friedrich Petzel Gallery, and was co-founder of Big Room, an art production and design collective in New York City. He was also a contributor to Art in America, Flash Art and Frieze. He is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Warhol Foundation and Howard Foundation, among others. In 2001 he participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views Program and had a studio on the 91st floor of WTC I. In March of 2002 he co-created the Tribute in Light in memory of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, which has since become an annual installation. He was an adjunct professor at The City College of New York and since 2006 has been in Brown University's Visual Art Department, where he is an associate professor.

David Leventhal

SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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David Leventhal was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2010. During that time, he appeared in more than 40 of Mark Morris' dances, and performed principal roles in The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, ilPenserosoedil Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his performance work with MMDG. He still makes appearances with MMDG as a guest artist. He has taught technique and repertory classes for students of all ages at schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including UCLA, University of Michigan, Harvard University, The Juilliard School, University of Washington, University of Illinois, American Dance Festival and the Governor's School for the Arts (Virginia) among others. David is the program manager and one of the founding teachers of MMDG's Dance for PD® program, a collaboration with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group that offers weekly classes for people with Parkinson's at the company's studios in Brooklyn, fosters similar classes in more than 40 communities around the world, and presents regular training workshops for teachers interested in leading Dance for PD® classes. Raised in Newton, Mass., he attended Brown University where he received a B.A. in English Literature.

Prof. John Stein 

SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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After receiving a B.A. Biology from Saint Anselm College in 1988 he entered graduate school at Brown University and received a Ph.D. in Physiology (Neuroscience) in 1995. He has been involved in teaching and advising ever since and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Neuroscience Department at Brown. Outside of teaching and administrative duties at Brown, he has spent a good deal of time over the past eight years participating in science outreach activities in the local community. He is currently collaborating with members of the Brown community and local professionals on an NCRR/NIH Science Education Partnership Award titled Project ARISE: Advancing Rhode Island Science Education. The goal of this project is to develop innovative science instruction in local high school science classrooms.

Jane Carlson

October 14th, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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Jane Carlson is the Vice President of Day and Residential Programs at the Groden Center. The Groden Center is recognized internationally for its pioneering work with individuals with autism. World renowned psychologists and other consultants are available to work with our children and adults. The Groden Center is committed to being a symbol in the community of what is possible in the field of human services as opposed to what simply is. The Groden and Cove Centers comprise the largest provider of services in Rhode Island for children and adults with autism. Together, the Network supports over 1,000 families each year in a broad range of individualized services, employing over 500 professional and trained staff in four day and 19 residential facilities. The array of services provided by the Network reflects a continuum of supports to meet the needs of its consumers throughout their lives.

Jill Spohn

October 21st, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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Jill Spohn works as an adaptive physical education teacher. An adaptive PE teacher is a physical educator for students with special needs, whether they have physical, emotional or cognitive challenges. Federal law requires all students to have access to the educational curricula, including physical education; in some cases, students require modifications, accommodations or a separate plan. To be an adaptive physical educator, one must study both special needs and the general physical education and health curricula. She has a bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., a master’s degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in Stony Brook, N.Y., a certificate of graduate studies in autism studies from Rhode Island College and national certification, Certified Adapted Physical Educator.

 

Eileen Landay

October 25th, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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Eileen Landay was the Clinical Professor of English Education at Brown University, Director of Brown’s MAT Program in English Education and Brown Summer High School.  During that time, she co-founded and was faculty director of the ArtsLiteracy Project. Currently, she holds an appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Brown where she continues to teach. Landay also teaches and consults regionally and nationally on adolescent literacy development, arts integration and English education. Before coming to Brown, she was a teacher of secondary and elementary English, the English Language Arts Consultant for the Maine Department of Education, Chief Reader, Maine Educational Assessment as well as a poet in the schools funded through the Maine Arts Commission.   She holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College and an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the co-author of A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts (Harvard Education Press, 2012).

Elaine Hall

November 4th, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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Elaine Hall “Coach E!,” referenced by The New York Times as “the child whisperer” was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. When traditional therapies did not work for him, she sought the esteemed Dr. Stanley Greenspan who encouraged her to rally actors and other creative people to join his world and Neal slowly emerged out of his isolation. She then developed The Seven Keys to Unlock Autism and used these methods to train staff and volunteers and to create The Miracle Project, a theatre and film program for children of all abilities, profiled in the Emmy Award HBO documentary, AUTISM: The Musical.   She has appeared on CNN, CBS News, Oprah Radio and featured in The LA Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Elaine directs the Vista Inspire Program: an arts enrichment and a bar/bat mitzvah program for children and teens with autism at Vista Del Mar in Los Angeles. She is a keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences around the globe, and is a regular Huffington Post blogger.  Her book, Now I See the Moon: a mother, a son, a miracle was chosen for World Autism Awareness Day at The United Nations where she has spoken several times and recently selected for Jewish Disability Month 2013. Elaine Hall has received honors from Autism Speaks, Autism Society of Los Angeles, The Mayor of Los Angeles, Senator Fran Pavley, Villa Esperanza, Areva Martin’s Special Needs Network, Holly Robinson Peete’s HollyRod Foundation, Etta Israel and others.   She co-produced and hosts the DVD series: Unlocking Autism for medical professionals and first providers and inspired the CD: Fly which pairs children with autism and celebrity artists such as Jack Black, Stephen Stills, and Chaka Khan.  Her latest book, co-authored with Diane Isaacs, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles In The Classroom is being used in universities across the United States. Elaine and her team are now launching The Miracle Project nationally with locations in West Los Angeles at Vista Del Mar, in the San Fernando Valley at The Help Group, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.  She is available for workshops, speaking engagements, to emcee events, phone consultations, trainings, and is a media personality.  Elaine lives in Los Angeles with the two loves of her life, her teenage son, Neal and her husband, Jeff Frymer, a play therapist.

Jane Hesser

November 18th, 2014 

4:00PM-6:00PM 

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Jane Hesser earned her MFA from RISD in 2002. A talented photographer and musician, Jane balances her clinical time at the Center for Women's Behavioral Health with her creative interests.  Her artwork has been featured in many solo and group shows and she shares her knowledge by teaching at RISD.