Ricardo Dominguez, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, UCSD; Hellman Fellow; and Principal Investigator, BANG Lab at Calit2. His research focus is on electronic civil disobedience, tactical media, hacktivism, border disturbance art, and nanotechnology. Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group that developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is co-Director of Thing (, an ISP for artists and activists. His Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cardenas and Amy Sara Carroll was the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border. Prof. Dominguez also co-founded the *particle group* with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, and Amy Sara Carroll, which produced an exhibit entitled *Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market* that was presented in Berlin (2007), the San Diego Museum of Art (2008), Oi Futuro, and FILE festivals in Brazil (2008).

Cathy Gere, Associate Professor of History, UCSD. Prof. Gere is interested in the histories of psychology, neuroscience, genetics, medicine, medical ethics, archaeology, and classics. She earned her Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. After completing a dissertation on the entangled histories of archaeology and psychoanalysis (2001), Prof. Gere stayed in Cambridge for her postdoctoral research, which took the form of a Wellcome Trust-funded project on the history and philosophy of the neurosciences, based at King’s College (2001-2004). She then taught the history of medicine at the University of Chicago for two years before joining UCSD in July 2007. She is a member of the Science Studies Program at UCSD, and teaches classes in the history of medicine and medical ethics, and the history of the life sciences, especially genetics and the neurosciences. While Prof. Gere has published on a range of different topics in the history of science, her first two books both concerned the history of archaeology, including “Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism (University of Chicago Press, 2009).


Jacopo Annese, Director, UCSD Brain Observatory and Assistant Professor in Residence, Radiology, UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Annese is a computational neuroanatomist whose formal training stems from a wide background in the biological sciences and the neurosciences. He is particularly experienced in neuroanatomical and histological techniques, as well as computer-aided microscopy and morphometry by image analysis. He has designed novel techniques for the quantitative study of neurological structures with MRI and histology. In 2005 he founded The Brain Observatory and in 2009 the laboratory was charged with the postmortem brain examination of one of the most famous medical cases in the history of neurology. The project evolved into the Digital Brain Library, a novel collection of neurological and biographical data from medical patients and ordinary healthy individuals who have chosen to donate the brain to the project. The preservation and curation of their brain images and stories will help physicians and researchers understand the relationship between the brain, behavior and susceptibility to disease. Dr. Annese earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College.

Adam Burgasser, Associate Professor of Physics, UCSD. Prof. Burgasser is an observational astrophysicist in the Department of Physics who studies the lowest mass stars, brown dwarfs and exoplanets. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles on his research, and is best known for defining the “T” spectral class of brown dwarfs. He earned his B.S. in Physics from UCSD in 1996 (with a Theatre minor), and his M.S. and PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2001. Adam joined the UCSD faculty in 2009, where he has been a Hellman Fellow. In addition to traditional scientific, educational and public outreach activities (including presentations at the American Museum of Natural History and the California Academy of the Sciences), Adam has explored the connection between physics, culture and performance through such works as Astrofacts!, a youth-led astronomy radio program in partnership with the Paia Youth and Cultural Center; the Hetu’u Global Network, which coordinated observations of the 2012 transit of Venus between 19 school groups in 10 countries on 6 continents; and Science Magazine’s Dance your PhD.

Heidi Kayser, MFA Candidate, UC San Diego; Assistant Curator, UCSD Visual Arts Gallery; TA and Guest Lecturer, Culture, Art & Technology Program. Heidi Kayser is an artist, curator and writer. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art's Studio for Interrelated Media, she has also completed coursework in premedical studies and in the Graduate Viola Performance Studio at Boston University. In 2004, she founded the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media in Boston, of which she was Director from 2004-2012. During this time, she also founded Art Technology New England, an arts advocacy and creative economy development initiative, and in 2010, both of these organizations became part of Boston Cyberarts, of which she was then Associate Director through 2012. She has served as guest curator and juror for many shows and events and guest lecturer at many academic institutions throughout New England, as well as serving as adjunct faculty in the Art Department at Smith College and in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited widely throughout New England, New York and internationally as part of the 2011 ISEA Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. She has received grants for public art commissions from Urban Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Fort Point Artist's Community. She has been the recipient of the Massachusetts College of Art Distinguished Alumni Award, a nomination for the Foster Prize given by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and her recent floating art installation was named by the Boston Globe as one of the 2011 top ten best art exhibitions in the Boston Metro area.

Rachel Mayeri, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Harvey Mudd College. Mayeri’s teaching and artwork situate media at the center of culture and politics and serve as a conduit for personal expression as well. Mayeri is a Los Angeles-based artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her videos, installations, and writing projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. Mayeri’s “animated documentaries” combine motion graphics and live-action, documentary and storytelling. For the past several years, she has been working on a series of experimental videos exploring the primate continuum entitled Primate Cinema. Recently, she received a major arts grant from the UK-based Wellcome Trust to make original videos to entertain captive chimpanzees. Primate Cinema: Baboons as Friends (2007), is a reenactment of a baboon social drama with human actors, produced in collaboration with primatologist (and Calit2 postdoc) Deborah Forster. Primate Cinema received a Semifinalist honor for the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge (sponsored by NSF and The Journal Science) and showed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark.

Saura Naderi, Founder, MyLab Program, Calit2. Naderi earned her undergraduate degree in engineering physics from the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering and currently works at the university's Calit2 research institute. She conceived the myLab Program to provide an environment where kids and undergraduates could informally gain hands-on, practical engineering experience while having fun and working together to innovate. Naderi currently works with over 400 kids annually. The first time she offered basic robotics and programming, she conducted outreach to low-income communities to diversify the pipeline for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially given the low level of science being taught in many disadvantaged schools. Naderi also teaches summer high school courses on campus, inspiring youth to pursue STEM fields based on her passion, intellect and ability to inspire and show kids how cool STEM really is. She spoke at TEDx San Diego in 2011, where she shared her efforts to inspire passion in engineering and diversifying STEM fields.

Institute Papilio Oscula was founded in 2015 by British Cybernetician and Futurist Wizard Prang (1926-2002). It is dedicated to helping butterflies survive the anthropocene.

Michael M. Porter received a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2007 and an M.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Hawaii in 2010. In August 2011, he joined the Materials Science and Engineering program at UC San Diego as a Kunzel/Powell fellow, where he works with Prof. Joanna McKittrick and Prof. Marc Meyers toward his Ph.D. focused on bioinspired materials and devices. In the past two years (2011-2013), he led two major research projects: investigating the prehensile tail of seahorses and fabricating bioinspired ceramics for potential bone replacements. Since joining UCSD in 2011, he has published five (four first-authored) papers and received three honors/awards, including "Image of the Day" on the NSF website: Science 360. His collaborators include National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, San Diego State University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and the departments of Bioengineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Skaggs School of Pharmacy at UCSD. Michael is on track to graduate in 2014 and continues his research on bioinspired materials and devices, with a new interest in developing flexible robotics inspired by the seahorse tail.

Ramesh Rao, Director, UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He has been a UCSD faculty member since 1984, and holds the Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies in the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Prior to Calit2, Professor Rao was also the Director of UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications (CWC). He is involved on a day-to-day basis with a wide variety of research initiatives at Calit2, where he leads several major interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and has been a PI on dozens of federal-, state-, foundation- and industry-funded grants. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rao has twice been elected to the IEEE Information Theory Society's Board of Governors and was Publications Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland-College Park in 1984.

Oscar Romo, Watershed Coordinator, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve; Director and Principal Investigator, Alter Terra, Inc. Dr. Romo is a former United Nations diplomat and is now also a Lecturer in the UCSD Urban Studies and Planning Program. He serves as a delegate to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development; participates as a co-chair of the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission Citizens Forum; the U.S. EPA Border 2012 Water Task Force; and the Tijuana River Recovery Team Bi-national Task Force. In Mexico, Dr. Romo is a member of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, Baja California Task Force; the City of Tijuana Urban Planning and Ecology Subcommittee; and serves as projects coordinator for the Los Laureles Watershed Council. He is also an advisor to the Baja California State Assembly. In April 2007, Oscar Romo was recognized as one of the Environmentalists of the Year by the U.S. EPA, and in 2009 he received the Visionary Award from the Urban Land Institute. He got his academic credentials in Architecture from La Salle University in Mexico, Urban Studies and Social Housing from the Complutense University and the National Institute for Social Housing in Spain, and Environmental Sciences from La Salle University in Louisiana.

Hermione Spriggs, MFA candidate, UCSD Department of Visual Arts. Research intersects and interrogates the overlap between being human and being ‘thing’. Her works explore the relationship between ethnography and the visual arts in an attempt to materialize the anthropologically unthinkable. Previous pursuits include a BSc in Anthropology, with interests in animal trapping and the nature/culture dichotomy leading to a fellowship at Mildred’s Lane Pennsylvania, and applied research into noxious weed behavior with artist Mark Dion. Working primarily in collaboration, Ms. Spriggs has conducted various site-specific projects and public infiltrations in the UK and USA, and she is currently part of the research networks The Culture of Preservation (AHRC, UCL) and Something from Nothing: Fearless Speculations in Art, Science and Activism (UCSD Center for the Humanities).

Joshua Windmiller, Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for NanoBioElectronics, UCSD Department of NanoEngineering. Dr. Windmiller received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2012. He was awarded with the prestigious Charles Lee Powell Foundation fellowship and was a Gordon Scholar in engineering leadership. Dr. Windmiller is the recipient of the internationally-acclaimed Printed Electronics USA 2010 Academic R&D award for his developments in textile-based printed bioelectronics. He was inducted as a Gordon Fellow in 2011 in recognition of demonstrated leadership in the engineering profession. Dr. Windmiller gained an international reputation for his development of transdermal and percutaneous biosensors as well as printed bioelectronics. His research focuses on the development of printed biosensors, bioelectronics, and biofuel cells.


Eliza Slavet is Associate Director of Art and Technology for the Culture, Art & Technology Program of UCSD’s Sixth College. She is the author of the award-winning Racial Fever: Freud and the Jewish Question (Fordham U Press, 2009); she is currently working on a book on philosemitism and on a "Haggadah For The Wicked Child." Teaching positions have been in departments of literature, interdisciplinary study, religion and history; institutions include Parsons School of Design, New School University; Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (NYU); Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY); and UC San Diego. Eliza's courses focus on memory and forgetting, literary theory, Moses and multiplicity, hearing voices, race and religion, inventing tradition, psychoanalysis, and the history of anti-semitism. Dr. Slavet received a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University, an M.M. in Oboe Performance from the Yale School of Music, and a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego.

Emily Sevier is an artist, curator, and arts administrator. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Visual Arts at UCSD and is a Teaching Assistant in the Sixth College Culture, Art and Technology program. Emily has exhibited her artwork around the San Francisco Bay Area at venues including Adobe Books, ATA, Blankspace Gallery, The Curiosity Shoppe, Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and the SFMOMA Artists Gallery. She has also exhibited at the New Chinatown Barbershop in Los Angeles, the La Jolla Athenaeum and Helmuth Projects in San Diego, and Ze dos Bois in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition, she has completed multiple curatorial projects for Southern Exposure and Mission 17 in San Francisco. Emily also worked for the New Children’s Museum in San Diego as the Curatorial Assistant for the exhibition, TRASH, and has recently rejoined exhibition team to realize the next exhibition, Feast. Prior to returning to graduate school, Emily was the Director of Bay Area Initiatives at the Center for Cultural Innovation where she managed grant programs championing the self-sufficiency and financial stability of artists. She has also held the positions of Program Associate for the Arts at The James Irvine Foundation and Institutional Gifts Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Working Group Members:

Cathy Gere

Eliza Slavet

Emily Bovino

Marissa Brandt

Benjamin Bratton

Anthony Burr

Carolyn Chen

Ricardo Dominguez

Joe Hankins

Hermione Spriggs

Emily York