Sea Ice Panel Discussion

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How do polar bears, rapid sea ice melt, and data from sensing buoys affect an exhibition on view in VisArts’ 355 Pod Space?

Join artist/designers Cy Keener and Justine Holzman as they talk with scientists Sinead Farrell and John Woods about sea ice, the collection and visualization of data, and shifting environmental conditions.

Free and open to the public. RSVP Required.
Sea Ice 71.348778º N, 156.690918º W is on view through September 22 in the 355 Pod Space.


About the panelists:

Sinéad Louise Farrell is an associate professor with the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Farrell received her Ph.D. in Space and Climate Physics from University College London in 2007. Her primary fields of study are cryospheric sciences and remote sensing, with a particular focus on Arctic sea ice. She is a member of the Science Team for the recently-launched NASA ICES at-2 satellite and is part of the Mission Advisory Group for the proposed Polar Ice and Snow Topography Altimeter satellite.

Justine Holzman is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Toronto, member of the Dredge Research Collaborative, and research affiliate of the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab. Holzman is co-author of Responsive Landscapes, case studies and essays framing a comprehensive view of interactive or responsive projects and their relationship to landscape or environmental space.

Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist who uses environmental sensing and kinetic sculpture to record and represent environmental phenomena. He is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Emerging Technology at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. Recent work includes installations that visualize rain, wind and ocean waves. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Cy has completed commissioned installations at Stanford University, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas. Over the past year, he has presented his work at ISEA in Durban South Africa, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., as well as The Nature Conservancy and The National Arts Club in New York.

John Woods recently joined the Office of Naval Research-Global as a country director focusing on polar issues.  John studied Oceanography and Meteorology at the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.  He served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) Officer.  His tours included the USS Cleveland (LPD-7), U.S. National Ice Center, and teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy.  His prior positions included being the project manager for NASA’s Operation IceBridge and a physical scientist with NOAA focused on sea ice.

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