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Archive 2014 Spring

Arts Professor Caren Canier to Exhibit in Juried Show at Prince Street Gallery, NYC
Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor in New York City
January 28, 2014 12:00 AM - February 22, 2014

Arts Professor Caren Canier will exhibit "West Hall III" in the Prince Street Gallery 6th National Juried Show, 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor in New York City. The exhibition was juried by painter Lois Dodd.  

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Associate Professor Yang's presentation will explain why and how to apply gauge field and fiber bundle frameworks as meta-modeling tools to integrate cognitive science and economics, namely, to serve as the mathematical foundations of economic mechanics.

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Nicholas DeMaison's Oxford Study no. 1 (2014) to be premiered by Sheep Island Ensemble
Hungarian House: 213 E. 82nd Street (just east of 3rd Avenue) , New York City
February 2, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Sheep Island Ensemble, directed by James Blachly, presents Contemporary Haydn, a concert program of Haydn’s Symphony No. 92, the “Oxford,” and the premiere of freshly fathomed response pieces by composers Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Patrick Castillo, Nicholas DeMaison, Kate Ettinger, and Jessie Montgomery. 

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Much of the power of mathematics comes from its generality and ability to unify prime face dissimilar domains.  By one account, analytic thought in math and science requires developing deep construals of phenomena that run counter to untutored perceptions.  This approach draws an opposition between superficial perception and principled understanding.  In this talk, I advocate the converse strategy of grounding mathematical reasoning in perception and action.  I will describe empirical evidence for perception and action changes that accompany learning in mathematics. Sophisticated performance can be achieved not only by ignoring perceptual features in favor of deep conceptual features, but also by adapting perceptual processing so as to conform with and support formally sanctioned responses.  These “Rigged Up Perception-Action Systems” (RUPAS) offer a promising strategy for achieving educational reform.

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Kate Tyrol and Jason Ralph, RPI Graduate Students
Sage 4101
February 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Cognitive Science graduate students Jason Ralph and Kate Tyrol will be presenting at Research Problems in Cognitive Science. 

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New Music by Michael Century
EMPAC Studio 2
February 14, 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Michael Century will present an evening of his own compositions, in two parts.  Part One is the debut of the Michael Century Trio, with Mark Foster on drums and Kevin Barcomb on saxophones.  Part Two is the World Premiere of Century's "Triple Duo," a three movement piece for accordion, electronics, and Yamaha Disklavier.

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iParade is a series of experimental locative media App-works, exploring relationships of personal or communal memories with public spaces in both physical and virtual environments. Each work in the series is distributed as a smartphone App.

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Neil Rolnick: Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
February 18, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Neil Rolnick, long time Arts Department professor, presents three large-scale works for piano and computer at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 

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Narrative structure is a ubiquitous and intriguing phenomenon. Recognizing narrative structure is a process of abstraction, usually from natural language, and thus embodies a skill that underlies many cognitive tasks.  I describe my research program for investigating the ways people are sensitive to narrative structure, especially within their own cultural context. 

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Lev Manovich Lecture
Empac Studio Beta
February 20, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 Looking at one million images:  Visualizing patterns in art, games, comics, cinema, web, print, and user-generated contentVolmer Fries Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture, and the School fo Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.  Video of Lecture

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Roots of Africa Music Ensemble Debut at Black History Month Exhibit
Shelnutt Gallery, Rensselaer Union
February 20, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The new credit bearing music group, the Roots of Africa (RoA) Music Ensemble will perform for the first time on February 20, 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Annual BSA Black History Month Art Exhibit, in the Shelnutt Gallery, Rensselaer Union.

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Touching Words & Images
EMPAC THEATER
February 25, 2014 - February 20, 2014

In this talk Professor Esrock proposes that readers and viewers can use their own bodies to reshapethe boundary between themselves and verbal/visual worlds outside themselves.

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Hiro Uchinda, a Cognitive Science post-doctoral researchers discusses his paper that proposes a novel logical language in which the semantics of quantificational NPs
(QNPs) in natural language are represented as arguments of predicates, rather than as quantifiers that bind variables in argument positions as in standard first-order logic

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Emergent Reality Lab Open House
Emergent Reality Lab, Rensselaer Tech Park, 250 Jordan Rd., Troy NY
February 26, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Emergent Reality Lab hosts open house event to exhibit works developed for its immersive virtual reality cave-like space.

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Brandon Ballengee will speak about his aquatic ecological art works Breathing Space for the Hudson: Charting the Biodiversity and Pollutants of the Hudson River and more.


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John E. Hummel, Professor in the Department of Psychologty at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana will discuss his work simulating how the human brain accomplishes tasks related to reasoning explicitly about relations among things. 

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Botanist and Artist Oliver Kellhammer to speak on his works with Neo-Ecocene
West Hall, room 211
March 6, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oliver Kellhammer, a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer, will speak about his botanical interventions and public art projects. 

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Spring Break

March 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Oron Catts to present workshop "Growing meat and synthetic biology"
EMPAC Studio Beta
March 18, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oron Catts has grown both meat and leather using tissue engineering and was the first person to grow and eat a piece of in-vitro meat. Catts will lead this workshop which will cover some of the main techniques of regenerative biology that are used for in vitro meat and will explore the broader cultural and artistic implication of using living tissue within a non-medical context.

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Issues in CogSci: Gabriel Diaz, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sage 4101
March 19, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Gabriel Diaz, Assistant Professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT, will discuss his research on how--despite significant sensory-motor delays in the human nervous sytem--we are able to intercept moving targets with a temporal precision of milliseconds and spatial precision of centimers. 

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Ecological Interventions Art Opening/NATURE Lab Opening!
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
March 19, 2014 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

“Ecological Interventions” features two internationally renowned environmental artists who care deeply about our ecology and our future, Brandon Ballengée (US) and Oliver Kellhammer (Canada). Their projects explore how we, as citizens of the world, can change our environmental impact.

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Oron Catts to give lecture on his work with Tissue Culture and Art - "Growing Neolifism"
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
March 19, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This talk will outline developments in areas such as in-vitro meat and leather, actuators and bio machine interfaces, speculative design and contemporary artistic practices such as those by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr's Tissue Culture and Art. 

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After the Run, MFA Thesis Exhibition by Helen J. Bullard
EMPAC Studio 2
March 20, 2014 5:00 PM - March 22, 2014

After the Run tells a tale of eels, bears, eagles and bees; they dance in the shadows of rabbits and deer, watched by the new moon and stars.

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HASS Graduate Colloquium
EMPAC Theater
March 24, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The first event in the HASS Graduate Student Colloquium Series is a film screening and talk by Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University

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On Wedneday, March 26th, Oliver Layton, Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology and Program in Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University will discuss "Using Dynamical Systems to Model Human Heading Perception"

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HASS Inquiry Lecture: Exploring the Nature of Interpersonal Violence
EMPAC Theater
March 26, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Exploring the Nature of Interpersonal Violence, David Lisak, Ph.D
Dr. Lisak will address the underpinnings of sexual violence and perpetrator behavior, examine the motivation behind interpersonal violence, and discuss how individuals within a community can engage to reduce the serious implications of this type of trauma.

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"Algorithmic Menagerie" to Debut at EMPAC
EMPAC
March 27, 2014 6:00 PM - March 29, 2014

Algorithmic Menagerie is a continuation of the MFA thesis work of Raven Kwok's (Ruiwen Guo) long-term research exploring artificial life and self-organization in the field of computer-based generative art. Programmed in Processing, Algorithmic Menagerie is an interactive virtual environment inhabited by algorithmic creatures.

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Arts Professor Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros to Perform at NEACURH Conference at RPI
McNeil Room, Rensselaer Student Union
March 28, 2014 8:40 PM - 9:40 PM

Ensemble Congeros will perform at the Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) Conference on March 28, 2014, at 8:40 pm, in the McNeil Room, Rensselaer Student Union. Rensselaer’s Residence Hall Association, a student led organization, is hosting this year’s conference with an expected attendance of over 400 students from at least 25 colleges.

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Albert Maysles, "Direct Cinema" Pioneer
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181
March 29, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for a presentation on the life and work of Albert Maysles, a pioneer in the world of documentary filmmaking. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the Arts Department of RPI; funded by NYSCA.



 
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Issues in Cognitive Science: Eric Ameres, Kristine Gloria
Sage 4101
April 2, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Two Rensselaer graduate students will be the speakers in the Issues in Cognitive Science series, Wednesday, April 2nd.  Eric Ameres will discuss his work "Spontaneity in Cognition, Creative and Collaboration" and Kristine Gloria will discuss "Cognitive and Privacy: What can cognitive science teach us about privacy (and vice versa)?" 

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Rensselaer Concert Choir Spring Concert
Chapel + Cultural Center
April 6, 2014 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Rensselaer Concert Choir, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents an evening of a cappella choral music.

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Michael Century and Friends-in Concert at the Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
April 8, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Michael Century will present a noon hour program at the storied Savings Bank concert hall, joined by fellow Rensselaer musical talents:  voilinist James Hanford '16, vocalist Kimberley Dolanski, and pianist Mary Simoni.  Program starts at 12:00 sharp.

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GM Week - No Classes
Sage 4101
April 9, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Be the Media! "Experimental Locative Media" with LoVid
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181
April 9, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn how to create a locative media App distributed with a smartphone, with internationally renowned video artists LoVid. Explore relationships of personal or communal memories with public spaces in both physical and virtual environments.   Admission: $40
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Interactive Demo Day
EMPAC
April 9, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Demo your work at Interactive Demo Day. It's a networking opportunity, and a chance to share your interactive work with the public.

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"Household" with Craig Saddlemire
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181
April 12, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join filmmaker Craig Saddlemire for a screening of his critically acciaimed and thought-provoking documentary film, HouseholdCo-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

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Arts Department Chamber Music Concert
EMPAC Studio 2
April 15, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Students in the Chamber Music Course present a recital of music for small ensembles.

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Arhant Rao Senior Recital
EMPAC Studio 2
April 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Piano recital by Arhant Rao '14

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Craig Shepard to conduct listening walk with Deep Listening students
Tour starts in West Hall 326
April 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Composer, Craig Shepard will speak to Deep Listening students about his work ”Brooklyn on Foot” in West Hall, room 326.  A listening walk through Troy,NY will follow the lecture. Please note that the listening walk will be done in silence and without cell phones. Lecture and listening walk is free and open to the public. 

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Issues in CogSci: Emily O'Leary and Kevin Barry
Sage 4101
April 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Rensselaer graduate students present their work.  Kevin Barry will discuss his research on how to better examine the ways in which presentation and framing impact human decision-making and Emily O'Leary discusses her research exploring collective behavior using cognitive architecture. 

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"Brothers of the Black List" with Sean Gallagher
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
April 16, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Brothers of the Black List tells the story behind the longest litigated civil rights case in U.S. history. It all began in September 1992, when an elderly women in Oneonta, NY reported that she had been attacked in an attempted rape by a young black male who cut his hand during the altercation. This led to a college administrator at nearby SUNY Oneonta giving police a list of the names and residences of all 125 black males in town, questioning them and demending to see their hands.

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Steve Baker -  The redescription of the world and Monika Bakke - And the plant responded.  An artist/art historian and philospher offer talks that will challenge participants to re-imagine and re-think the lives of plants and animals.    

 
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Poetry and Prose Reading
Sage Auditorium
April 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fictiion Writer Jessica Treat and Poet Michael Heller read from their work

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Issues in CogSci: Shane Bretz, Petr Babkin, and Dan Arista
Sage 4101
April 23, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Three Rensselaer graduate students discuss their work: Shane Bretz discusses "A Motivational Based Model of Moral Judgment Effects;" Petr Babkin discusses "Mindreading for Understanding Natural Language Dialogue;"   and Dan Arista discusses "Reasonableness in Agency.​"

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Will Bridewell, Naval Research Lab
Sage 4101
April 30, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Bridewell considers the problem of detecting deceptive agents in a conversational context.

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Rensselaer Orchestra Spring Concert
EMPAC Concert Hall
May 1, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Rensselaer Orchestra presents a special joint concert with the College of St.Rose Orchestra.

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Rensselaer Concert Choir
St. Paul's Church, 58 3rd St. Troy, NY 12180
May 4, 2014 6:30 PM - March 20, 2014

The Rensselaer Concert Choir, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents an evening of a cappella choral music

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RPI Poetry Student Reading
West Hall 323
May 5, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Poetry students will read from their poems. Refreshments will be provided; a celebration! Free & open to the public!

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RPI Short Story Student Reading
West Hall 118
May 5, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:50 PM

RPI students wil read from their short stories! Refreshments will be provided--a celebration! Free & open to the public.

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RPI Creative Non-Fiction Student Reading
West Hall 112
May 6, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM

RPI students will read from their creative non-fiction. Refreshments will provided--a celebration! Free & open to the public.

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In this talk, an introduction to categorical logic will be given.  Wojtowicz will discuss both linguistic and graph-based (or sketch) presentations of logical theories and their categorical semantics as well as describe translations between the two types of presentations and compare their inference systems.  Finally, he will discuss an application to the knowledge (or ontology) alignment problem.

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Second Annual Film Festival
Biotech Auditorium
May 7, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Nao Bustamante’s Producing & Directing the Short Film class at Rensselaer is pleased to present the second annual short film festival. The culmination of a year of collaboration and hard work, this is a collection of original short films that span a variety of genres: romance, sci-fi, stoner mockumentary, comedy and suspense thriller.

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SYNAESTHETIC, MFA/PHD RPI Graduate Exhibition
West Hall
May 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rensselaer's Department of the Arts presents SYNAESTHETIC, the spring 2014 exhibition of new work by MFA/PhD graduate students in West Hall on May 11th, from 6-9pm, featuring new time based and multi-media graduate student artwork.  
 
 
 
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