Lucinda Presley integrates the fine arts and creative thinking with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM to STEAM) in school and museum settings. She is Executive Director of ICEE* (*Institute where Creativity Empowers Education) Success, which uses the arts and innovation thinking skills to promote science, math, and language arts engagement and learning. Ms. Presley works nationally and internationally, developing school and museum programming, writing curriculum, and training teachers. She works extensively with: The Exploratorium museum’s (San Francisco) Playful and Inventive Exploration (PIE) project; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s Imagine Mars project, National Museum of Women in the Arts’ ABC project, Britain’s art/science/creativity initiative, Ignite, the Canadian Philip Beesley Hylozoic Ground art/science/creativity project, The Leonardo art/science/technology museum in Salt Lake City, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching. With over 25 years’ experience in writing curriculum and developing programming for schools and museums, she has led STEAM education initiatives and teacher/artist training for a science museum, an art museum, and a national arts provider. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and is an adjunct instructor of art at a local community college.
Roger Malina is a physicist, astronomer, Executive Editor of Leonardo Publications at MIT Press, distinguished professor at UT Dallas and Associate Director of Arts and Technology. His work focuses on connections among digital technology, science and art. He is Associate Director of the ATEC Program at The University of Texas at Dallas. Roger Malina obtained his BS in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, and his PhD in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. He was Principal Investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite at the University of California, Berkeley. He is former director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP) in Marseille, and member of its observational cosmology group, which performs on investigations on the nature of dark matter and dark energy. He is a Directeur de Recherche in the CNRS at the University of Aix Marseille. Malina is president of the Association Leonardo in France, which fosters connections between the arts, sciences and technology, and has been the editor-in-chief of Leonardo Journal at MIT Press since 1982. He is a member of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Study (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, IMERA), an institute he helped set up. IMERA aims at contributing to interdisciplinarity and places emphasis on the human dimensions of the sciences.