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Lecture: Mingling Art with Science

Tomorrow, 10 July 2009, at 10:00 a.m., Trinity College Dublin‘s Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), will present a public lecture by Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart entitled ‘Mingling Art with Science’ this Friday in the Science Gallery. The Science Gallery is a project created by CRANN to promote the integration of art and science.

This free lecture will draw attention to how art, in its many different guises, has fashioned the chemistry of the eminent  nanoscientist Sir Fraser over the years.

According to Wikipedia

Stoddart’s papers and other material are instantly recognizable because of a distinctive “cartoon“-style of representation he has developed since the late 1980s. A solid circle is often placed in the middle of the aromatic rings of the molecular structures he has reported, and different colors to highlight different parts of the molecules. Indeed, he was one of the first researchers to make extensive use of color in chemistry publications. The different colors usually correspond to the different parts of a cartoon representation of the molecule, but are also used to represent specific molecular properties (blue, for example, is used to represent electron poor recognition units while red is used to represent the corresponding electron rich recognition units). Stoddart maintains this standardized color scheme across all of his publications and presentations, and his style has been adopted by other researchers reporting molecular machines based on his syntheses.

Nice to know that a nanoscientist can use the paintbucket tool. But seriously, it is important to understand the usefulness of color and art in science and educational settings. It’s nice to hear of adoptions of behaviors that involve art.

If you’re in Dublin tomorrow morning, check it out. The Science Gallery always has some interesting exhibit going on as well. Right now their exhibit is INFECTIOUS.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.