Jade Beall is a local Tucson photographer who has gained international fame through her A Beautiful Body Project, a series of books and web based images of women. A Beautiful Body Project is an upcoming series of book volumes & an online media platform dedicated to women and body image, dedicated to sharing stories about motherhood, aging, cancer, still-births, miscarriages, weight-gain, weight-loss, dysmorphia, and beyond.
Astrophotographer Adam Block is the Program Coordinator for UA Science's Sky Center. His images have graced NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" website more than 60 times and have been used as reference images by amateur and professional astronomers alike. In 2012 he was the recipient of the "Hubble Award" from the Advanced Imaging Conference- one of the highest awards for work in astrophotography that is recognized around the world.
Charles Higgins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona, which he joined in 1999. Though he started his career as an electrical engineer (getting his PhD from Caltech in 1993), his fascination with the natural world has led him to study insect vision and visual processing, and to try to meld together the worlds of robotics and biology.
His research encompasses areas including software simulations of brain circuits, human sleep, models of cognition, and interfacing live insect brains with robots, but his driving interest continues to be building truly intelligent machines.