Jennifer Weiler, Introduction

Hi everybody, I’m Jennifer. I am a second year PhD student in Media Arts and Sciences. My main interests include computer programming, art history, and emerging technology.

Recently, I have been working with a way to create 3d objects based on panoramas as a means to collect and store visual information in a physical form.

I have also been developing a new way of displaying family trees, which takes advantage of the ubiquitous and user-friendly aspects of modern day web browsers.

In this class, I hope to work with physical materials and creating objects that can react to the environment in unique ways (such as change color or structure in different atmospheric conditions), that will serve as a means entertain and inform people about the surrounding environment.

One DIY science project that I found not only interesting but also extremely useful is the OakMapper project in California. ( Oak Mapper is a means for people all over California to report cases of sudden oak death (which is caused by Phytophthora ramorum, an invasive pathogen first discovered in 1995). By tracking the cases of this disease, it could help to contain it and keep the oak population safe. This work is vital in keeping the tree from the brink of extinction, which is the current state of the American chestnut tree after the scourge of the chestnut blight destroyed what had once been a staple of Appalachian forests in the early 20th century.

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