Rebecca Kamen Featured Speaker at World IP Day Creativity: The Next Generation Demonstrates Links Between Art, Scientific Discovery and Innovation

Reston, VA (PRWEB) April 25, 2013

Rebecca Kamen, Professor of Art at Northern Virginia Community College, today announced that she will be a guest speaker at the 2013 Intellectual Property Day. The event occurs annually on April 26, and is designed to highlight the worldwide impact intellectual property has on economic, cultural development, and social development. Sponsored locally by the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria Virginia, Kamen will demonstrate how art education can shift ones thinking to view and interpret research results in a new light. This alternate interpretation of scientific data aids scientists and students across disciplines transform their own discovery processes, leading to heightened creativity, improved problem-solving, and innovative results.

I began testing my hypothesis two years ago when I was awarded the Chancellors Commonwealth Professorship by the Virginia Community College System, says Kamen. This special designation gave me the latitude to work with scientists at Harvard University, MIT, the National Institutes of Health, and George Mason University. The results all point to one thing: Art education gives people insight into other fields.

As an artist, I see patterns everywhere, continues Kamen. You might be surprised to find that at the molecular level, there are common patterns across scientific disciplines ranging from astrophysics to neuroscience to chemistry. I take what I see in these fields to create beautiful abstractions that resonate with people from all walks of life. Those with scientific or mathematical backgrounds interpret what Ive done and then see how they can apply it to their own work.

Last month, she traveled to Madrid to research original artwork created by Santiago Ramon y Cajal and housed at the Cajal Institute, the oldest neurobiology facility in Spain. Research on Cajals work and life further confirmed Kamens hypothesis. As the father of Modern Neuroscience, Cajal was the first to see, understand, and depict the neural network as it truly functions. In 1906 Cajal won the Nobel prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research. The international trip validated the concept that art and science are closely related and meaningful across cultures.

During the Chancellors Professorship, Kamen delivered 40 lectures on the bridge between art and scientific discovery. It was after one of these lectures that members of the US Patent and trademark office approached Kamen to lecture at World IP Day.

About Rebecca Kamen:

Rebecca Kamen, Professor of Art, has taught more than 300 classes at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) over the last 35 years. In 2011, Kamen was awarded a Chancellors Commonwealth Professorship by the Virginia Community College System, which has enabled her to work with leading academic and scientific research institutions in the United States including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Institutes of Health, and George Mason University. This work has contributed significantly to the STEM to STEAM initiative in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Kamen holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally, and internationally. She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a Strauss Fellowship, an NIH Artist in Residency, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections.

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