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International experts on the intersection of art and science join MSU panel on March 26

March 22, 2013

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Montana State University President Waded Cruzado will moderate an international panel of scientists who explore art as well as artists who explore science at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in MSU's SUB Ballroom A.

The presidential panel, which is free and open to the public, is a highlight of the 2013 President's Fine Arts Series: "Art of Science/Science of Art" sponsored by the MSU College of Arts and Architecture.

The wide-ranging panel discussion will feature David Kaiser, American physicist, author and historian of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Victoria Vesna, media artist, researcher and professor from the UCLA Department of Design; Stephon Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College who is also a jazz saxophonist; and Gavin Parkinson, a lecturer in European modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The Elevators, a jazz group from the MSU School of Music, will perform with Alexander during a reception following the panel.

Prior to the panel, Alexander will speak on "The Physics of Jazz" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Reynolds Recital Hall. Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in the interface of cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity. He believes that his interest in jazz music helps him understand physics on a simpler and deeper level.

Parkinson will share new research on the unexpected connections between quantum mechanics and the pictorial fragmentation in the work of Pablo Picasso at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, in room 101 of Gaines Hall.

The panel discussion is part of the President's Fine Arts Series, "Art of Science/Science of Art" sponsored by the MSU College of Arts and Architecture. For more information about "Art of Science/Science of Art," go to the President's Fine Arts Series

JoDee Palin (406) 994-4406,