SPARK November: Arts and Science Converge

marchingbandonfieldScience Sparks Art, otherwise known as SPARK, is an art and science collaboration between the Oregon State University research community and the Corvallis Arts Center (CAC). The goal of SPARK is to showcase the intersections of the arts and sciences, and the ways in which they interact. Over the course of the school year, there are over 60 events, including lectures, videos, musical performances, and hands-on activities. Here’s what’s coming up in November:

Lecture: ‘Challenging Algorithms of Oppression,’ Nov. 16
Dr. Safiya Noble, assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies, will present on the topic “Challenging Algorithms of Oppression: Black Annihilation and the Internet”  on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Valley Library. The lecture will build off Noble’s research on Trayvon Martin, fatally shot at age 17 by a neighborhood watchman in Florida in 2012, while arguing that media spectacles of African Americans being detained and murdered by police and private security are an insufficient intervention for oppression, and are used to generate news ratings and advertising revenues.

For more information on Dr. Noble’s lecture, visit

Algo-rhythm Halftime Show, Nov. 19
On Saturday, Nov. 19, the OSU Marching Band will present “The Art in Science, the Science in Art,” a special half-time show at Reser Stadium illustrating how the arts and sciences overlap. The all-day event will feature algorithmic music composed by a mathematician and formations based on drawings by artist M.C. Escher.

College of Science Distinguished Lecture, Nov. 21
Stanford physicist and Corvallis native Carl Wieman will discuss “taking a scientific approach to learning and teaching science,” Monday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the LaSalles Stewart Center. The lecture will explore new approaches needed to teach and learn science in the 21st century, and more meaningful ways of measuring the quality of teaching. Wieman’s prior research includes university-level atomic physics and science education. He has received numerous awards, including a Nobel Prize in physics in 2001.

For more information on Wieman’s lecture, visit For more information about SPARK, visit

By Kara Beu