Bio: Dr. Stacey Kuznetsov is an assistant professor at the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering, with a joint appointment at the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE). She holds a PhD from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Earlier, she worked for a small startup company called Google. She received a BA from New York University with a double major in philosophy and computer science. Her research examines low-cost tools and hands-on making for citizen science, community activism and (DIY)biology.
Abstract: The Social and Digital Systems group (SANDS) — is a transdisciplinary research community and creative studio at the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering. The SANDS space is a BSL-1 (Bio Safety Level 1) certified biology lab as well as a makerspace, which enables us to work with digital, analog and organic materials at the intersection of art, science and technology. Our work supports democratic participation in science and public engagement with scientific issues. Our socially-engaged projects are embedded in contexts such as hackspaces, art studios, citizen science communities and across social media platforms. Our research enables community knowledge sharing, artistic expressions and civic activism that emerge from amateur science work. This talk will present an overview of our projects, including antibiotic-responsive bioart, sustainable bio-fabrication, screenprinting smart materials and crafting with digital media.