We are incredibly fortunate to have one of the great minds at the UA Joaquin Ruiz talk about our Biosphere. He was appointed Dean of the College of Science in 2000, Executive Dean of the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science in 2009, and Vice President of Innovation and Strategy in 2013. Dr. Ruiz is past President of the Geological Society of America (2010-2011). He is also a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, and a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Chemical Society, the Geochemical Society, and the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Governing Board of the Instituto Nacional de Astronomia, Optica y Electronica in Mexico. He has served as Secretary of the Volcanology Section of the American Geophysical Union, Councillor of the Geological Society of America, and as a National Science Foundation Panel Member for the Instrumentation and Facilities Program and the Centers for Excellence in Science and Technology Program. He has served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Science, Geology, Revista, and Geofísica International of the Institute of Geology, UNAM. As a scientist with equal abilities in chemistry and in geology, Dr. Ruiz addresses many first-order problems in the Earth Sciences, such as the development of new isotope systems for studying ore deposits and the tectonic processes involved in the growth and evolution of Mexico. His research team addresses problems ranging from the origins of life to present-day climate change.
Daniel is discussing how he was influenced by a poem and the life of William Blake. One of Tucson's leading contemporary artists the artwork of Daniel Martin Diaz has been commissioned for the PBS Documentary, The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s, the CD artwork for the Atlantic Records multi-platinum band, P.O.D., which sold over one million copies, the album cover artwork for the multi-platinum band Good Charlotte, two large altar pieces for San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church in Guaymas, Mexico.
Allison Dushane's talk is titled "Without Contraries is no Progression": William Blake, Technology, and the Imagination. Allison is Assistant Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty of the Institute of the Environment and the University of Arizona. Her teaching and research interests include Romantic-era literature, aesthetic theory, and the history and philosophy of science.
Kephart has designed a new type of chair which he'll talk about and demonstrate. Kep Taiz has become a local legend for his imaginative use of materials and radical innovation.
Alessandro Circiello and Neil Antonio Diamente will speak on behalf of GSol about the use of recording equipment at live shows to capture the inimitable sound that is created in the moment in front of an audience and how that differs from studio music for the most part. Also, we may discuss how people primarily experience music with today's technology, our business model of making music free (and still making money), as well as improvisation versus reproduction.