[SNEC] Final call for "early bird" registration; News Release

CJ Fearnley cjf at SynergeticsCollaborative.org
Fri Jan 10 13:35:22 EST 2014

The Design Science Symposium at RISD on the theme of "STEM to STEAM thru
Synergy: Bridging Morphology, Biomimicry, Sustainability, and Synergetics"
is imminent: January 31 - February 2.

Reminder: The "early bird" symposium fee of $195 increases
to $250 after today! Please mail your check right away
(grace period: we will accept checks for $195 if they are
postmarked on or before Tue the 14th). Register now at

10 January 2014

RISD will Host Design Science Symposium STEM to STEAM thru Synergy

PROVIDENCE, RI --- The Fourth Biennial Design Science Symposium, STEM
to STEAM thru Synergy: Bridging Morphology, Biomimicry, Sustainability
and Synergetics, will convene January 31 - February 2, 2014, Metcalf
Auditorium at the Chace Center and at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab,
on the RISD campus.

The Symposium will be a highly interactive meeting of makers, thinkers,
practitioners, and educators, who will gather in order to explore the
multidisciplinary field of Design Science. There will be presentations,
panel discussions, workshops, a film screening, tours, and an exhibit.

Keynote speakers will include RISD's Interim President, Rosanne Somerson,
Dayna Baumeister, PhD, Biomimic & Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8,
Dennis M. Bartels, PhD, Director of the San Francisco Exploratorium,
and Richard Bresnahan, Master Ceramicist and Artist in Residence,
St. Johns University.

Somerson recently filled the position of former RISD President,
John Maeda, a champion of the educational initiative, STEM to
STEAM. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,
and Mathematics. It represents an integrative and multidisciplinary
approach to education. STEM + A = STEAM.

Presentations from notable speakers, including Deborah Gist, EdD,
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island
Department of Education, Kavita Ramanan, PhD, Mathematician & Professor,
Brown University, Lefteris Pavlides, Architect & Professor, Roger
Williams University, Thomas T. K. Zung, Architect & Design Historian,
Buckminster Fuller, Sadao, & Zung, and Eric Goetz, owner of Bristol-based
racing boat builders Goetz Composites, amongst others. Goetz will speak
about the recent commission to restore of one of Buckminster Fuller's
most iconic structures, the 24-ft/7.3m Fly's Eye Dome.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend hands-on design
science workshops, facilitated by engineers, inventors, designers, and
mathematicians. Facilitators will include George Hart, Bob Sanderson,
Lefteris Pavlides, Chris Kitrick, Joe Clinton, Ed Popko, Dick Esterle,
and Gary Doskas.

Debut film screening and discussion with film-maker and author Christopher
Zelov, who recently completed a short documentary film, featuring
Father Magnus Wenninger (born 1919), who is a monk, mathematician, and
builder of polyhedron models. Zelov, along with Phil Cousineau and Brian
Danitz co-edited the book Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier and
co-created the award-winning documentary Ecological Design: Inventing
the Future.

Participants will enjoy tours of both the Arthur Loeb Design Science
Teaching Collection and The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. The Loeb Collection
is quite special, featuring hundreds of three-dimensional polyhedra and
two-dimensional patterns that inspire students and faculty to examine
nature's fundamental responses to design problems. The Nature Lab,
with its growing collection of more than 80,000 natural history objects,
books, visual resources, microscopes and a digital work station, serves
as an invaluable research facility for the RISD community.

Concurrent with the Symposium will be an exhibit titled, Investigating the
Lab: Relationships between Art, Design, and Science, co-curated by RISD
faculty, Carl Fasano, and RISD alum, Sophia Sobers. The exhibit will be on
display throughout the event, in the Waterman Gallery, adjacent to RISD's
Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. Looking at the influence and application of
science-driven and science-inspired work, this exhibition will showcase
the wide range of ways students engage science within their work. Ranging
from detailed illustrations to organ inspired jewelry, the exhibition
showcases a cohesive undercurrent of studio practice, and works of art
and design, which access a wide range of scientific topics.

Panel discussions with RISD faculty, Peter Dean, Carl Fasano, and Amy
Leidtke, will address the question "What is Design Science?" and a student
panel will discuss their work and studio practice which engages science.

The Synergetics Collaborative and The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab have
organized Biennial Design Science Symposia at RISD since 2007. This
Symposium, the RISD and Brown STEAM Clubs will participate, lending
their energy, talents, and enthusiasm to the event.

To register, visit http://SynergeticsCollaborative.org. Register by
January 10 to get the early bird discount. RISD and Brown students
attend the event at no cost. Participating K-12 Educators will receive
a Professional Development Report from RISD.

For more information contact CJ Fearnley <cjf at SynergeticsCollaborative.org>.

The Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) is a 501(c)(3) educational
and scientific non-profit organization. To make a tax deductible
contribution, please mail a check to
   Synergetics Collaborative
   240 Copley Road
   Upper Darby, PA 19082-4016

The most important fact about Spaceship Earth:
an instruction manual didn't come with it.
--- R. Buckminster Fuller

CJ Fearnley                         |  Executive Director
cjf at SynergeticsCollaborative.org    |  Synergetics Collaborative
http://SynergeticsCollaborative.org |  "Dare to be Naive" -- Bucky Fuller
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