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Graduate Liason Fall Workshop Series 2017

Led by Maria Eugenia Moya Martinez [MFA '18 SC], Adam Chuong [MID '19], Peter Lokken [MFA '18 FURN], and Kylie King [MDes '18], these workshops invited members of the RISD community to grow crystals, experiment with bioplastics, and make paper using invasive species.
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RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

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OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS — The 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature

The RISD Nature Lab, RISD Fleet Library, and Synergetics Collaborative are pleased to announce an open call for proposals for the the upcoming 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive Narratives from Nature. The event will bring together multiple speakers and workshop/breakout session leaders that explore varied approaches to a holistic relationship with nature and natural systems, sustainable|nature inspired making, and community development.

We invite...

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

April 14 11:59 pm

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Forms and Hidden Narratives in Nature

Forms and Hidden Narratives is an Artist Book Show opening at the Nature Lab on Thursday, November 8th 6PM-7PM.

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 8th-Nov. 14th

It's free and open to the public on:
Mon-Thurs: 9AM-10PM
Sat: 9AM-6PM
Sun: 12PM-6PM

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

November 08 6:00 pm - November 14 6:00 pm

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Biodesign Tour+Talk with Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow is a pioneer in biofabrication using the latest tools from biotechnology to build a new world of materials. Their ZoaTM Biofabricated Materials are designed and grown from animal free collagen. Through the collaboration of design, biology and material science, they create materials to solve sustainability challenges while reimagining material possibilities.

Woods Gerry, 62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI — 02903

September 27 4:00 pm - September 27 6:00 pm

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Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration

The Nature Lab's 80th anniversary culminated with Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration, an exhibition curated in collaboration with William Myers. The exhibition ran from Aug 25—Sept 27 and showcased recent examples of design and art that inform our complex relationship with nature and help us decipher how it may evolve in the future.

Woods Gerry Gallery
62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI — 02903

August 25 10:00 am - September 27 5:00 pm

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Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration SYMPOSIUM

On August 24, 2018, opening day of the Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration exhibition, we hosted a half-day symposium that brought together international artists, designers, scientists and educators for talks, discussions and presentations on topics such as valuing non-human forms of life as collaborators, artistic and scientific modes of inquiry, and ethical considerations in bioart and biodesign practices.

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

August 24 1:00 pm - August 24 5:00 pm

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Application Deadline: Feb. 28th!

From May 21st-July 27th, this project will work to document 21st century plant diversity in dune and salt marsh habitats around Narragansett Bay in order to record changes resulting from climate change. We will collect herbarium specimens and create images of all field sites and species present, with the aim of comparing present day diversity to historical diversity records from online herbarium resources dating back to the early 1800s. Using a range of technologies and design strategies, we...

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

May 21 12:00 am - July 27 12:00 am

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Leave Your Mark at the Nature Lab

Join the Nature Lab’s summer fabrication team! We are building a first of it’s kind biodesign makerspace and we need your talents to make it happen. Apply now!

The Application deadline is April 7th, 2018.

We are seeking 4 graduate students and 3 undergrads with a wide range of fabrication skills to work from the 28th of May to the 3rd of August, building out the new space. Students will be compensated for 35 hrs a week. If you have a passion for sustainable...

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

April 07 11:59 pm

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Salon: RISD's Nature Lab and the vision of founder Edna W. Lawrence

The Providence Athenaeum's April 6th Salon brought together three panelists to discuss the significance of Edna Lawrence’s vision from their respective disciplines. Entomologist David Wagner discussed the role of color and pattern in nature; Nature Lab Coordinator Betsy Ruppa regaled with stories about the origins of the natural history collection and its value to an art school; and Senior Critic in RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies department Alba Corrado shared memories of Edna...

Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St
Philbrick Rare Book Room
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 06 5:00 pm - June 17 5:00 pm

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Latin-American Collection Exhibition: aka "The Greatest Show on Earth"

Curated by Oswaldo Chinchilla [BFA '21 ID CER], this exhibition celebrates a collection of specimens from the Nature Lab, partially donated by RISD's Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE).

Exhibition Dates: April 5th - Cinco de Mayo
Location: Edna Lawrence Natural History Collection

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

April 05 7:00 pm - May 05 6:00 pm

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The Nature Lab: An homage to the RISD Nature Lab and its founder Edna Lawrence

This upcoming LABscape exhibition in Hillsdale, New York features 92 artists, including several RISD alums. The curator, Eric Wolf, who is a 1982 graduate from RISD's Photography Department, brings together work that depicts nature and celebrates the Nature Lab and Edna Lawrence's teachings.

Join Eric Wolf and the featured artists at the opening reception: February 17th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


2642 NY-23
Hillsdale, New York — 12529

February 17 2:00 pm - March 18 5:00 pm

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Patterns Inconceivable : the History and Influence of the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab

The 2017 academic year marks the 80th anniversary of the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design. During her 50+ year tenure, Edna Lawrence’s collection and her drawing courses introduced students to a way of seeing nature, and its details, as fundamental forms and patterns in art and design. While her shells, insects, plants, animals, bones, textiles, ceramics, wood, and more have catalyzed creativity for students each year, Edna Lawrence’s lifelong endeavor resulted in...

RISD Fleet Library
15 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island

September 07 9:00 am - December 15 5:00 pm

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University of Rhode Island to host 10th Annual SURF Conference

Event showcases undergrad research in RI

College and university students from across Rhode Island will present their summer research work Friday, July 28, 2017, when they gather for the 10th Annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Conference — the state’s largest exhibition of undergraduate research.

Co-sponsored by Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research...

45 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI — 02881

July 28 8:00 am

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Experimental Visualization Platforms

This free two-day workshop introduced participants to mixed and virtual reality tools. Attendees thought about and incorporated new ways of sharing their research using VR as a tool and artistic inquiry as a method. Participants experienced advanced VR technology at the Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University and familiarized themselves with augmented reality (AR) processes at the Nature Lab to integrate into their work.

Dates:
July 21–22,...

Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design
Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University​

July 21 9:00 am - July 22 4:00 pm

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Bee Hotel Workshop

Scott MacIvor from GRIT Lab shared his extensive knowledge of pollinators in a workshop on how to build "bee hotels." Bees are essential pollinators of plants and crops including apples, plums, carrots, coffee, cotton. However, many bee species are currently in decline or endangered, largely because of loss of their feeding and nesting habitats. Building bee hotels is a...

Nature Lab — Room 11
13 Waterman Street
Providence

April 29 1:00 pm - April 29 3:00 pm

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SHELL-ter Project Installation

Art as Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience and Education

This Saturday, June 18th, a group of designers and scientists will be installing sculptural forms in the intertidal zone at India Point Park. The forms were developed by a group of students, faculty and scientists with NSF EPSCoR funding with the goal of improving sustainability of local shellfish populations and protecting coastal habitat from he impacts of sea level rise. The community is encouraged to...

India Cove Park
Providence, RI

June 18 9:00 am - June 18 6:00 pm

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RI EPSCoR Inaugural Research Symposium

Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR’s 2016 inaugural Annual Research Symposium will take place Thursday, April 14th at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus.

The event will feature panel presentations on interdisciplinary research collaborations and a poster session of marine life science and climate change research by faculty, researchers, and students, funded by RI EPSCoR and the RI Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC).

Panel discussions include "The Nature...

URI Narragansett Bay Campus
215 S Ferry Rd
Narragansett, RI — 02882

April 14 11:45 am - April 14 5:00 pm

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Love for Mouse Deer

Come celebrate with us in this student-led fundraising event to purchase a new companion specimen for our Mouse Deer.

We are not sure if it is the big eyes, its frail looking legs or the overall smallness of this deer but this specimen's charisma just keeps growing and so does the number of students contributing to this event. Join us and be surprised by the many mouse deer inspired items for sale, artworks and baked goods.

Opening and bake sale Monday 25th at...

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

January 25 6:00 pm - February 05 6:00 pm

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Philip Hoare Lecture: Of the Less Erroneous Picture of Whales: The Whale in Myth, in Industry, & in Futurity

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6 pm


The whale is the ultimate shape-shifter: from creation myth to industrial resource and ecological emblem, it has become what ever we want it to be. In the fluid, psychic disjuncture of the meeting of natural history and human history, no other animate...

Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Chace Center
20 North Main Street
Providence, RI — 02903

January 14 6:00 pm - January 14 8:00 pm

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Robert Lang Workshop & Public Lecture


The Nature Lab and Brown’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) co-hosted the public lecture and workshop "From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes" by Robert J. Lang.

Recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding, Dr. Lang wowed a sold-out audience in...

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903

401.454.6451

November 12 1:30 pm - November 12 6:30 pm

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