BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research
Institute (HWI) will open its doors to the public on Jan. 30 for
“Modularity,” the latest event in Buffalo’s
Science & Art Cabaret series.
Each cabaret centers around a common theme, featuring short
talks by scientists and artists on how that theme relates to their
work. The next topic of conversation will be modularity, which
refers to the way ideas and objects, from molecules to artwork with
repeating patterns, can be broken down into standardized units.
“Modularity” will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan.
30, at HWI at 700 Ellicott St., Buffalo. The event is free and open
to the public. The lineup:
— A talk by University at
Buffalo Professor of Physics Surajit Sen on sociophysics: modeling
battles, terrorism and chimpanzee social behavior with simple
rule-based dynamics, which rely in part on the methods of physics
to describe dynamical problems beyond the traditional bounds of
— A presentation by HWI
researcher Vivian Cody, a UB professor of structural biology, on
the artful structural models of protein/enzymes and their
— A video interview with
Western New York artist Katherine Sehr, whose work is notable for
its intense modularity. As described in Artvoice in 2007,
“Sehr’s drawings don’t look like drawings at all,
but rather like prints of simple, paired squares of muted colors.
Upon closer inspection, however, they reveal themselves to be
something entirely different — large, frenetic, scribbled
testaments to compulsive, repetitive motion.”
— Bill Louden, who will
present, “Piece for String Quartet and Chladni Pattern
The event will give the public a chance to step inside
HWI’s state-of-the-art research building, which opened in
2005. The sleek, modern facility features an innovative floor plan
that supports HWI’s collaborative and open culture.
The Science & Art Cabaret series is organized by the UB
College of Arts and Sciences, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
and Buffalo Museum of Science.
“Modularity" is the 13th cabaret held since 2009, and the
third of the 2012-13 season. For information on the Science &
Art Cabaret and past events, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/news/13376