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The UCROSS-Pollination Experient
Moving Science: This work was an evocative integration of choreography and animal behavior. Working together, Michael Dillon (physiological ecologist in the Department of Zoology & Physiology) and Rachael Shaw (dancer/choreographer in the Department of Theater & Dance) adapted the Laban Method of choreographic annotation to capture the complex and subtle movements of bees foraging in flowers. To date, biologists have lacked a 'language' to represent animal motions—and dancers have never been challenged to transform the symbols of choreography into human movement. On Saturday, this all changed spectacular fashion.
At the Root of Balance: The pair of UW faculty presented a series of three-dimensional works made from materials found at the Ucross Ranch. The collaboration of Ann Hild (plant ecologist in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management) and a sculptor (Ashley Carlisle, artist in the Department of Art) resulted in provocative expressions of the ecological relationships between native shrubs and invasive grasses in Wyoming. Captured in both delicate and ponderous forms, the dynamics of the above- and below-ground processes were elegantly presented.
Transcriptorium: This deeply collaborative poem was a gorgeous interweaving of the concepts of transcription and translation—terms coopted by cell biologists to describe the way in which DNA serves as a blueprint for proteins—with the ancient practice of monks working diligently in their cells to copy holy scripture. The poetic project reflected the synergistic capacity of art and science—and the creative power of constraints. The 'surprise' at the end of the presentation was that the poem had been crafted by Naomi Ward (microbial ecologist in the Department of Molecular Biology), not Harvey Hix (poet in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and a professor in the Department of Philosophy), who the audience had unanimously presumed to be the author.
Clinker: Between Opera and a Hard Place: This presentation consisted of a pair of arias representing the core of an opera based on the geology of the Powder River Basin. With water as the soprano and burning coal seems as the tenor, the story of the land came together in a spectacular fashion. The libretto was written in "Geologese"—the exotic and evocative language used by geologists in their technical descriptions of the world by Ron Frost (geologist in the Department of Geology & Geophysics). The music was composed by Anne Guzzo (composer in the Department of Music) whose work focuses on new classical music, stretching and exploring the boundaries of composition and theory.
Mother as Monster: Scary Single Motherhood in Contemporary Horror Films
Miranda S. Miller, English Division, Gillette College
Income Inequality and Americas’ Coming Economic challenges
Robert Godby, Associate Professor of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming
Please Give Us One More Boom: Oil and Gas in Wyoming,
Leslie Waggener, Archivist and Head, Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership, University of Wyoming
Obamacare: Where do we go from here?
Mary Burman, Dean & Professor - School of Nursing, University of Wyoming
Make 100 of Them?: The Contemporary Artist Print in the American West
Mark Ritchie, Professor - Art, University of Wyoming
The Solar House, Then and Now
Anthony Denzer, Assoc. Professor - Civi and Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming
The Thinking Animal: A Look at Comparative Psychology in the 21st Century
Rachel Kristiansen, Sheridan College
Making it Home: Landscape Photographs in the Nineteenth-Century West
Rachel Sailor, Asst. Professor - Art History, University of Wyoming
The Future of Waterfowl Management, Conservation and Hunting
Benjamin S. Rashford, Assoc. Professor - Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming