Sci | Art NanoLab Summer Institute

CURRICULUM

Participants of the Sci|Art Nanolab Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Design Media Arts 6 – Art/Science and Technology Studio/Laboratory (4 units)

The Sci|Art NanoLab Summer Institute offers a cutting-edge, 4-credit lab/studio course designed specifically to expose High School students to the concept of the scientific method and the artistic process as complimentary tools for rethinking traditional models of exploration and innovation by making connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts.

Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists. This course aims to expose students to the works of scientists and artists that explore new forms of creative expression, communication, and collaboration within this multi-disciplinary field while introducing them to current research specific to nanotechnology.

To foster this process, groups of students will develop an original concept for a collaborative project under the challenge of ‘Imagine the Impossible’. With the assistance skill workshops and the knowledge base of the Sci|Art Team, groups of students will create and deliver a multimedia presentation during the closing ceremony.

FACULTY

VICTORIA VESNA, Ph.D., founder and director of the SciArt Nanolab Summer Institute is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). She is currently a senior researcher at IMéRA – Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées in Marseille (2011-2013). Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume - Database Aesthetics: Art in the age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press and most recently an edited volume entitled Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011.

 

CLAUDIA JACQUES is a Brazilian-American artist, designer, educator and researcher, who serves as Associate Director for the program. She holds an MFA in Computer Art (School of Visual Arts, NY) and is currently an advanced PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK. Under Professors Roy Ascott and Søren Brier, she is researching space-time aesthetics in the user-information-interface relationship through the lens of Cybersemiotics. Intersecting art, technology and science, she designs interactive hybrid art and information environments that explore perceptions of space-time and the digital-physical. She exhibits and presents both nationally and internationally. She has published in Leonardo, TEKs, Art & Engine, etc., and serves as Art+Web Editor for Cybernetics and Human Knowing journal. Jacques also participated with three other scholars in a 2014-17 NEH Collaborative Research Project based at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has collaborated in various roles with UCLA’s ArtSci Center since 2011. Jacques is an adjunct associate professor at CUNY Bronx Community College and at SUNY Westchester Community College teaching studio, digital and communication arts.

 

JAMES K. GIMZEWSKI is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center at the University of California, Los Angeles serving as scientific director for the program. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he research in nanoscale science and technology for more than 18 years. Jim pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. His most recent honors includes the 2009 Fellow of The Royal Society, 2009 Carnegie Centenary Professorship from the Universities of Scotland, and 2008 Dr. Honoris Causa, Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. His achievements include over 250 publications in international journals, 400 invited talks and 20 patents.

 

DR. ADAM Z. STIEG served as Director for the Sci|Art NanoLab Summer Institute for over ten years and now as Director Emeritus serves as advisor for the program. As a scientist and educator at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), his work focuses on developing integrated approaches to study material systems at the interface of traditional boundaries. Through the implementation of original experimental techniques, this research seeks to bridge the gap between our current understanding of nanomaterials and their fundamental properties with how these systems tend toward complexity at increased scales of space and time. Dr. Stieg's research activities are augmented by active collaboration with artists and designers on various projects, installations, and public exhibitions that directly inform the scientific process and provide motivation to develop new educational content that conveys the need for creativity in innovation.

 

SCHEDULE AND SYLLABUS

The 2018 schedule will be available early 2018.

View the sample scheduling information.

GRADES

Participants of the Sci|Art Nanolab Summer Institute will be awarded 4 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program:

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better; used only for undergraduate study
NP Not Passed (used only for undergraduate study)
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
NR No grade was received from the instructor

 

Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements, but these grades, as well as DR, I, and NR, are disregarded in determining a grade-point average.


TRANSFERING CREDIT
UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.

TRANSCRIPTS

Grades earned during the summer are recorded on an official University of California transcript. Students can view grades on MyUCLA no later than August 13.

The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. The transcript lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order. Note: Official transcripts are NOT automatically sent to you or your home institution.


DOCUMENT FEE
Students are assessed a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma, and much more. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form in person at the Registrar's Office. Additional charges may be assessed. Transcript Request Forms can be also picked up at 1113 Murphy Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.


VISITING UC STUDENTS
Current or incoming UC students will have all UCLA summer activity appear automatically on the home UC campus transcript, and the grades earned at UCLA are included in the home UC campus grade-point average.


Program Dates

JULY 29 - AUGUST 10, 2018

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

MARCH 1 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application available

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes

JULY 29 - AUGUST 10: Sci|Art Nanolab Summer Institute