Week Ending February 3, 2017

Exhibit Explores the Intersection of Art and Engineering and its Impact on California’s Water History
Stanford News – February 1, 2017
The Stanford University Libraries presents Terraforming: Art and Engineering in the Sacramento Watershed, a new cross-disciplinary exhibition curated by Laura Cassidy Rogers (PhD Candidate in Modern Thought and Literature) and Emily Grubert (PhD Candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources). Terraforming: Art and Engineering in the Sacramento Watershed examines the history of freshwater in the Sacramento Watershed, juxtaposing materials from the archive of California artists Helen and Newton Harrison with materials from local, state, and national archives that document the development of water resources in California’s Central Valley and the West. Presented as discrete, parallel displays—with Art on one side of the gallery and Engineering on the other—the exhibition demonstrates that social and environmental consciousness has manifest in both professions, and that artists and engineers can work together to rethink and reimagine freshwater landscapes and ecology in a sustainable way. “We wanted to maintain the integrity of each discipline, but also to demonstrate that social and environmental consciousness has manifest in both professions, and that artists and engineers can work together to rethink and re-imagine freshwater landscapes and ecology in a sustainable way,” said Rogers, who also helped process the Harrison Papers.

Growing Appetites for Learning and Activism in Food Systems
UC Food Observer – January 19, 2017
At the UC campuses, along with many other universities and colleges across the country, student fascination and engagement in food systems have clearly escalated. Responding to students’ hunger for opportunities and problem solving, higher ed institutions have responded by expanding educational opportunities, degree programs, student gardens and farms and developing new initiatives in food procurement, nutrition, food security and more. Today, there are approximately 400 education and training programs offered across the country that address sustainable agriculture and agroecology. At least 50 university and colleges nationwide also have student farms or gardens that enable hands-on education and research. Of course, many universities have provided specialized agriculture and food programs for many decades, but what is exciting and novel is the upsurge of multi-disciplinary, systemic approaches with greater attention to sustainability and equity.

University of Miami Creates the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering
UM News – January 23, 2017
Recognizing the need to grow a global, interdisciplinary network focused on scientific discovery and solutions, the University of Miami announced Monday that it is creating the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering to achieve those milestones by elevating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. University of Miami President Julio Frenk unveiled the network of intertwined research organizations housed under the Frost Institutes at the 50th annual Miami Winter Symposium held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami, a prestigious event that attracted more than 100 scientists, researchers and doctors from 28 countries this year. This transformational initiative is made possible thanks to the extraordinary $100 million gift by Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost announced during Frenk’s inauguration last year to support basic and applied sciences and engineering.

Teaching with Technology: The Possibilities of Learning
Princeton – February 2, 2017
Tucked in a corner on the first floor of Lewis Library is a state-of-the-art space where faculty can transform how they teach and students can expand the ways and skills they learn. The Digital Learning Lab (DLL) is a multimedia center that supports creative teaching and learning at Princeton. “What we bring to the table is a commitment to making what happens in the classroom more interesting, more inspiring, more engaging for a diverse audience,” said Daniel Claro, DLL manager. “Taking a flexible perspective and understanding that people learn differently is a really important part of what we’re trying to do here in the Digital Learning Lab, and technology is an integral part of that because technology offers possibilities to suit different kinds of learning.” The lab provides a flexible space for interdisciplinary collaboration focused on teaching and learning with technology. Its high-end computers, optimized for multimedia projects, feature a slate of software tools for projects such as 3-D modeling, film editing, graphic design, data visualization and website development. The lab also has a private audio recording booth.

Indigenous Feminism: Creating a New Narrative by Empowering Indigenous Voices
The Daily UW – January 30, 2017
Last Friday, the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House at The University of Washington was full of students, faculty, and community members who gathered to celebrate the works and narratives of indigenous women-identifying scholars. “The voice of indigenous women is an important one,” said Casey Wynecoop, the administrative coordinator at the Intellectual House. “Their role in American Indian, Alaska Native, and indigenous populations around the world has always been important. Upon contact with colonizers, their voices became quieter, oppressed, [and] silenced. We strive to uplift their voices.” The event was titled “Finding Native Feminist Pleasure in Film: Indigenous Queens who Refuse to be Princesses.” It was part of a series hosted by the Intellectual House titled “Indigenous Feminisms,” which intended to explore the complexity of gender identity and how it connects to the history of indigenous people while providing supportive programming to Native American students, faculty, and staff. Attendee Cecilia Leyón is a graduate student at Goddard College working toward her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration on indigenous populations and decolonization. She was excited to see how the speakers could provide insight into integrating elements of decolonization into art.