Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Malina, Roger
Discipline and Number
ATEC 6380 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Studies in Art, Sci., Humanities

Description of Course:

This seminar will address the research or development projects of students that involve
bridging their work in the arts and humanities as it connects to science and mathematics. The instructor is both a Professor in ATEC and a Professor in the UTD School of Natural Science and Mathematics (Physics).

We will have guest lectures in brain and cognitive sciences, geo-sciences, physics and astronomy and biology. Enrolled Students will identify the areas of science and mathematics
that they wish the seminar to focus on.

With guest Lecturer Prof Charissa Terranova, we will look at the evolution of
ideas and understanding in the sciences and how artists and scholars in the humanities have
Appropriated contemporary scientific knowledge over the past century and today. We will design course modules around each students research field and research methodology.
I encourage interested students to contact me at [email protected] to explore
how this seminar could be useful to their work.

Required Texts:

We will be using a number of on line texts and books including:
Allen Repko, Interdisciplinary Research, Process and Theory, Sage Books. There is a 2011 edition.
we will also use the NSF funded study that I chaired :
Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation:
Enabling new forms of collaboration
among sciences, engineering, arts, and design
available for free at: http://seadnetwork.wordpress.com/white-papers-report/

Steve Wilson's Information Arts from MIT Press

Professor Terranova is currently writing a book about how artists and scientists worked together in the first half of the twentieth century in the development of a biology-based light-image. We will have access to drafts of the chapters of her book. Uniquely, this emerging digital image borrowed both from the techniques of the camera and the animal, bringing together elements of cinema, the snapshot, and the pulsing nervous system. More than two dimensions, the light-image proved to be tactile and phenomenological. Is there a similar cross-pollination between art processes and biological thinking today? If so, where is this rich overlap between intuition and knowledge located? Where is it practiced and under what circumstances?

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students should be working on a project which requires an involvement or understanding of any area of science, including the physical, biological and social sciences.

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