Announcing: Leonardo Pioneer Award to Pomona LABS publication under the leadership of Sheila Pinkel

By Erica Hruby

A half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time: offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision: to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work.

In honor of the Leonardo/ISAST network’s 50th year, we are recognizing individuals and organizations whose efforts have significantly contributed to our success.

LABS (Leonardo ABstracts Service) is an evolving, comprehensive database of thesis abstracts (PhD, Master's and MFA) on topics at the intersection of the arts, sciences and technology. This English-language database is hosted by Pomona College (Claremont, CA) and is part of the Leonardo Educators and Students program.

We wish to acknowledge Pomona College, and specifically Mary McMahon and Jason Brown, for their significant contributions to the success of the LABS program. LABS editor-in-chief Sheila Pinkel, Emerita Professor of Pomona College, has nominated these individuals by noting the following:

Mary is a Deputy CIO at Pomona College who has been graciously supporting this database with staff and server space and Jason is the magician who built the current submission system and keeps it all functioning. They both have been tremendous help to me and are always there when adjustments need to be made.

Thank you, Mary and Jason for your work on the LABS program and your contributions to the Leonardo network.

Prof. Roger F. Malina
Executive Editor Leonardo Publications MIT Press