Science Beyond the Laboratory: Opportunities & Challenges for Interaction Design

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Thursday, March 03 • 5:30 • Room 113 A+A
Speaker: Dr. Stacy Kuznetsov, Assistant Professor • School of Arts, Media, & Engineering / Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts, Arizona State University

Dr. Kuznetsov will share her research on DIYbio* , a movement that aims to ‘open source’, tinker, and experiment with biology beyond the laboratory. Her work with DIYbio includes initiatives around the world, detailing the origins, practices, and challenges of these communities. By understanding the conditions—technological and social—that expand science practice beyond professional settings, she will offer touchpoints where interaction design can be applied to enable grassroots innovation to occur.

Dr. Stacey Kuznetsov leads the Social and Digital Systems group (SANDS ) , a transdisciplinary research collective that examines bottom-up participation in science, DIY (Do It Yourself) methods, and the intersections between art and technology. Stacey’s current work ranges from materially-oriented explorations (e.g., interactive screen printing, low-cost sensing, and hands-on making for citizen science), to fieldwork with communities in the domains of food science and DIY biology. She holds a Ph.D. from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that, she worked for Google in the start-up phase, and received her BA from New York University with a double major in Philosophy and Computer Science. Dr. Kuznetsov will be a visiting designer in the School of Art, conducting a workshop involving critically embedding computational media into the physical world. For more information please contact Jon Lukens, jlukens@utk.edu.

*DIYbio = Do It Yourself Biology, a citizen science movement in which people
participate in biological science outside of professional settings.

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