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The Winter 2019 interdisciplinary MOSH Maker Web Lecture Series will focus on hands on and interactive learning as well as critical making and technology in education. The Maker Sub-Committee has lined up several exciting speakers who will discuss these and related topics from various perspectives. Students and faculty alike are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to mention them in your courses or include them in your syllabi. For some of the speakers we are exploring opportunities for them to meet with students outside of talks and there may be an opportunity to have some lecturers visit your classes so please contact Cole Belmont at if you have courses for which this opportunity is relevant and if it would be of interest. 

Lectures will generally be during common hour in Olin 115.

February 20: Jennifer Grayburn
Jennifer Grayburn is the Director of Digital Scholarship and Public Services at Union College in Schenectady, NY. She received her PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia, with a focus on the art and literature of the medieval North Sea world. As a graduate student, she held the positions of Praxis Fellow Project Manager and Makerspace Technologist in the Scholars’ Lab, where she started her research on the critical use of 3D models and 3D printing in the classroom. Jennifer expanded her research on critical making and digital pedagogy as a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at Temple University and applied these pedagogical concepts as a consultant for the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Copy + Paste exhibition. Her research interests include critical making, digital pedagogy, historical GIS, medieval Scandinavian art and architecture, and Old Icelandic texts.

Monday, March 4: Jon Schull
Jon Schull is a Social Entrepreneur and Innovator. He is the Founder e-NABLE, Enable Community Foundation, and e-NABLE is a Free, 3D-printed prosthetic, made by volunteers, for children and underserved populations. John was a Research Scientist at RIT’s Center for Media Arts Games Interaction and Technology (MAGIC) and is a Biological Psychologist with a Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S in Psychology from Reed College. He is an entrepreneur, inventor and Founder, President and Chief Scientist of DigitalGoods, holding 19 patents. As the President of the e-Nable Community Foundation Jon helps to support a global community of humanitarians, using emerging technologies to innovate solutions for underserved populations.

Wednesday, March 13: Ariel Anbar
Ariel Anbar is a scientist and educator interested in Earth’s evolution as an inhabited world, and the prospects for life beyond. His major focus is the deep time history of O2 and bioessential metals in the oceans, as deduced from the application of novel techniques in isotope geochemistry to ancient sedimentary rocks. Trained as a geologist and a chemist, Anbar is a President’s Professor at Arizona State University, where he is on the faculty of the School of Earth & Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability. The author or co-author of over 100 refereed papers, Anbar directed ASU’s NASA-funded Astrobiology Program from 2009 – 2015. Recognized as an education innovator, he now directs ASU’s Center for Education Through eXploration. He is a graduate of Harvard (A.B. 1989) and Caltech (Ph.D. 1996). Before coming to ASU he was on the faculty of the University of Rochester from 1996 to 2004. Anbar is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, which awarded him the Donath Medal in 2002. He was recognized as an HHMI Professor in 2014, and elected a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry in 2015.

Future Speakers (Dates to be determined)

Madeline Gannon
Dr. Madeline Gannon is a multidisciplinary designer inventing better ways to communicate with machines. In her research, Gannon seeks to blend knowledge from design, robotics, and human-computer interaction to innovate at the intersection of art and technology. Her recent works taming giant industrial robots focus on developing new frontiers in human-robot relations. Her interactive installation, Mimus, earned her the nickname “The Robot Whisperer”, and was awarded a 2017 Ars Electronica STARTS Prize Honorable Mention. She has also named a 2017/2018 World Economic Forum Cultural Leader. Gannon has been internationally exhibited at leading cultural institutions, published at academic conferences, and widely covered by diverse media outlets across design, art, and technology communities. She holds a PhD in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University, where she explored human-centered interfaces for autonomous fabrication machines. She also holds a Masters in Architecture from Florida International University.

Ryan Luke Johns
Ryan Luke Johns is a visiting lecturer at the Princeton University School of Architecture, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP, and co-founding principal of GREYSHED, a design-research collaborative focused on advanced workflows and robotics in architecture, design and manufacturing. Recent projects by GREYSHED explore nonlinear design workflows which leverage interactive technologies, sensory feedback, and robotic fabrication tools to reduce the divide between design conception and materialization. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a concentration in Mathematics from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. He has worked in the offices of KPF and DS+R, as a fabricator for Robert Lazzarini and as a research assistant at the Gramazio & Kohler chair of Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich. Ryan was the recipient of Princeton University’s Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize (2013) and the KUKA Young Potential Award (2012). Ryan has been invited to talk on his work with GREYSHED at a number of academic institutions, including the Architectural Association, the Bartlett, Syracuse University, Penn Design, the Pratt Consortium for Research and Robotics, Princeton, and Columbia University.