LASER Talks bridge gaps between arts and sciences on campus

Augusta University’s Department of Art, collaborating with the College of Education, will host a second LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talk on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6-8 p.m. in the JSAC Ballroom, located on the university’s Summerville Campus.

The forum, part of a world-wide series of LASER Talks sponsored by the Leonardo/The International Society for Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), will feature short, research-centered presentations from three local leaders in the fields of art and science. An interactive panel discussion moderated by Art Department Chair Scott Thorp will follow.

The presenters for September’s LASER Talk are:

  • Ashley Gess, assistant professor of STEAM Education at Augusta University
  • Kendra Sue Finch, technology integration and innovation coordinator for Westminster Schools of Augusta
  • Eric Parker, innovation architect at CONima and co-founder of

What are LASER Talks?

Founded in 2008, LASER Talks are a way for communities and universities to bring innovators and leaders in the arts and sciences together for the benefit of all parties. With multiple annual events spanning the globe, LASER Talks are a new and exciting standard for fostering interdisciplinary work in the cities and universities at the forefront of change.

For more information about Leonardo/ISAST, visit the official Leonardo website. For more information about LASER Talks held at Augusta University, contact Scott Thorp.

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