Susanneh Bieber named as newest IAC Fellow

Susanneh Bieber, Assistant Professor, Departments of Visualization and Architecture

Susanneh Bieber is assistant professor in the departments of Visualization and Architecture at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary American art in an international context, with a particular interest in the relationship between art, architecture, and the built environment. Her current book, “Construction Sites: American Artists Engage the Built Environment, 1960-75,” examines how artists referenced architectural discourses to make their work socially relevant. Dr. Bieber’s article “Going Back to Kansas City: The Origins of Judd’s Minimal Art” was awarded with the Terra International Essay Prize (forthcoming in American Art, Spring 2019). Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Dr. Bieber also worked as a curator at the Tate Modern in London and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum in California, and published numerous essays in exhibition catalogues. She received her PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin. Photo above with artwork by Laurie Frick, Transparent Data, 2018.



Work in progress, © Courtney Brake, 2019
Work in progress, © Courtney Brake, 2019

Visualization of bacterial interactions

Artists can play key roles in facilitating new perspectives for scientists. Complex biological systems often produce colors, shapes, and patterns of movement. These visual cues highlight the beauty of living systems and suggest interactions among organisms, cells, or molecules. Our collaboration focuses on patterns that we observe when different species of bacteria compete with each other.  We use photography and time-lapse imaging to capture these dynamic interactions. For example, our work investigates how antibiotics produced by one species of bacteria cause a population of competitor bacteria to change the way it grows and moves. These changing patterns generate new questions that help us study and understand the biological basis of competition between species. By observing bacterial interactions, artists can stimulate new ideas to explore in a scientific framework. This is a work in progress among Dr. Paul Straight, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics; Yongjin Liu, Ph.D. candidate, Biochemistry and Biophysics; Courtney Brake, MFA candidate, Department of Visualization; and Carol LaFayette, Harold L. Adams Interdisciplinary Professor in Visualization and Director, IAC.





IAC welcomes new Fellow

Amy Fairchild, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs/Professor
School of Public Health

Amy Lauren Fairchild is a historian who has worked in the field of public health ethics and policy. She approaches pressing dilemmas in the ethics and politics of contemporary public health debates from the perspective of history, with its broad focus on the social forces that produce disease, shape policy, and determine the societal responses to both. The central intellectual theme of her work has been to explore the functions and limits of the State with an emphasis on harm reduction and tobacco, privacy and surveillance, immigration and outbreaks, and fear and panic.  





Viz prof’s advocacy culminates in NASEM report supporting STEAM

Whether regenerating the earth, feeding the world, or colonizing space, tomorrow’s thought leaders will be better prepared by an initiative integrating science and the arts, concludes a May 2018 landmark report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Championing the critical thinking and creative skills gained at intersections of art and science, the NASEM report validates efforts by Carol LaFayette, director of the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University, who led a multi-year National Science Foundation-funded initiative aimed at elevating the role of art and design in STEM fields. Read more here.





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