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Art + Science panel with NW Noggin: Wilderness Illuminated | Kindra Crick


Kindra Crick’s multimedia exhibition explores the intersection of the ‘two cultures’ of science and art that share a common wonder at the creative possibilities which emerge from the cross-pollination of our material and imagined worlds.

Join us for an enlightening discussion about the exhibit, the intersection of art and science, current memory research and sleep, with science-inspired artist, Kindra Crick, WSU neuroscientist and memory researcher, Dr. John Harkness and the arts-integrated neuroscience outreach group NW Noggin, consisting of PSU neuroscientist Dr. Bill Griesar and PSU professor and artist Jeff Leake.

6:15 pm -  Artist led gallery tour, Littman Gallery, (Rm 250)

6:30 - 8:00 pm Panel Discussion, (Rm 239)

Speaker Bios

Kindra Crick is a Portland-based artist who gives visual expression to the wonder and process of scientific inquiry and discovery. In her installations and layered mixed-media work she incorporates drawings, diagrams, maps, and imagery from under the microscope. Her work has been influenced by the inspired marriage of her grandparents, the scientist Francis Crick and the artist Odile Crick. Recently she joined the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the Sitka Center. Her work is included in the LMB collection in Cambridge, England, with exhibitions at the New York Hall of Science and MDI Biological Laboratory. Her work has been featured in Science Magazine, The Huffington Post, SciArt Magazine, and on Oregon Art Beat.

Dr. John Harkness: John Harkness is a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Dr. Barbara Sorg, at WSU (Vancouver). There he investigates the role of perineuronal nets, a form of extracellular matrix in the brain, in rodent models of cocaine use. John’s research aims to diminish drug-associated memories, which likely contribute to relapse behavior. John is a founder of Rewire Neuroscience LLC, a Portland-based startup dedicated to empowering the future of neuroscience through intelligent research tools. John began collaborating with NW Noggin in 2013 through outreach and lectures, including Velo Cult, the Change Connect 4 Conference (collaborations with Kindra Crick), and Washington D.C. Congress and White House outreach events.

Dr. Bill Griesar: Bill Griesar is a Senior Instructor in Psychology at PSU, Neuroscience Coordinator for NW Noggin, and Affiliate Graduate Faculty in Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU. Bill earned his bachelor of science from the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, where he studied visual perception, and his doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU, where he explored the cognitive effects of nicotine in non-smokers. Bill developed and has taught neuroscience courses at PSU, OHSU, PCC, Clark College, WSU Vancouver and Lower Columbia College since 2001, and co-founded the art and neuroscience outreach nonprofit NW Noggin. He’s been recognized as an innovator by the Obama White House, and has won numerous teaching awards.

Jeff Leake: A California bay area native, Jeff Leake holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from UC Davis. Fascinated with the origin and nature of our inner landscapes, he currently works with neuroscience faculty at WSU, Vancouver and PSU to teach art and neuroscience. He is also the co-founder and art coordinator of NW Noggin an art and neuroscience outreach group. He has been all over the country lecturing and teaching neuroscience through art including several lectures on art and drugs for the Portland Art Museum, Science On Tap, and the Washington State Psychological Association. He has exhibited his art nationally and internationally while living and working in Portland, Oregon.