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LASER Talks at Stanford

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST's international program of evening gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.

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CHAIRED BY: Piero Scaruffi


7:00-7:25: Irving Weissman (Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine) on "How normal stem cells regenerate the body but sometimes lead to cancer"

7:25-7:50: James Ferrell (Stanford/ Systems Biology) on "Systems Biology"

7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.

8:10-8:35: Yoon Chung Han (SJSU) on "Biometric Data Arts using Fingerprint and Iris Data"

8:35-9:00: Aja Duniven (Animate) on "Gamification of Altruistic Action: Gamifying nonprofit outreach for greater impact"


  • Aja Duniven, who studied astrophysics at the University of Colorado Boulder, is founder and CEO of Animate Inc as well as founder of Global Peace Train and president of the Coalition for Collaborative Development. Aja has led media production and community empowerment teams on 5 continents and designed products and eCommerce platforms for those communities. Aja rides the cutting edge of emerging cryptocurrency, augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies and is dedicated to implementing these technologies in creative gameplay that brings benefit to all beings of our world. She has worked with women in the slums of Kenya, the Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation, the homeless population in the US, youth transitioning out of gangs, those suffering with mental illness, survivors of abuse, animals and more. Aja has developed Augmented Reality applications that are available on itunes and google play stores, she produces and directs 360 video content and is the Founder and Creative Lead for the Presentville Game. Aja thrives leading teams creating 2D video, animation, 360 video, augmented, virtual and mixed reality content that benefits the world. Her passion in these emerging technologies includes apps for meditation, nonprofits, empathy building, altruistic games, personal development, art and mixed reality (device free) storytelling.

  • James Ferrell is Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology and of Biochemistry at Stanford University.

  • Yoon Chung Han is an interactive media artist, award-winning interaction designer and educator. Over the past ten years, she has created a wide range of interactive 2D/3D audiovisual art installations including biologic art, data visualization and sonification, generative art, and audiovisual interface design. Her recent research focus was on multimodal interactions using body data, in particular on creating a personalized experience in media arts using biometric data visualization and sonification. Her works have been presented in many international exhibitions, conferences and academic journals such as ACM SIGGRAPH Art gallery, Japan Media Arts Festival, London Science Museum, Media City Seoul, ZKM, NIME, ISEA, ACM Multimedia, ACM SIGCHI, IEEE Vis, and Leonardo Journal. She earned her bachelor and the first Master degree at the Seoul National University, and her second Master degree at Design | Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles. She worked at Samsung Electronics in S.Korea as a graphic designer and was a visiting researcher/data visualization specialist at SENSEable City Lab, MIT in Cambridge, MA. She holds Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of design in the San Jose State University.

  • Irving Weissman is a Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology at Stanford University, where he is the Director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine along with Michael Longaker. His awards include election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989, being named California Scientist of the Year in 2002, the Robert Koch Prize in 2008 the Rosenstiel Award in 2009 and the Max Delbrueck Medal in 2013. He developed methods to identify stem cells, and has extensively researched stem cells and progenitor cells.His research focus is "the phylogeny and developmental biology of the cells that make up the blood-forming and immune system." Weissman is widely recognized as the "father of hematopoiesis" since he was the first to purify blood forming stem cells in both mice and humans. His work has contributed to the understanding of how a single hematopoietic stem cell can give rise to specialized blood cells. Weissman is also a leading expert in the field of cancer stem cell biology, where his work sheds light on the understanding of the pathogenesis of multiple human malignancies. He is also known for transgenic research in which human brain cells are grown in the brains of mice.




LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 30 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website

The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

October 10th, 2019 from  7:00 PM to  9:00 PM
Online / Palo Alto, CA
United States
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