Whitney Bernstein, Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Oceanography within the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, is researching coral reefs and how they respond to changes in their environment. She believes science is playing an ever greater role in society and therefore wishes works to engage others in scientific exploration.
In producing Synergy, she seeks to generate creative collisions between artists and scientists. The goal of this merger is to harnesses diverse expertise and perspectives in order to communicate expansive scientific ideas in fresh and compelling ways.
Michael MacMahon is currently enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts MFA program. Originating from Ireland he now calls Cape Cod home. He has long been fascinated by the groundbreaking work that takes place in Woods Hole and has himself worked on a series of paintings depicting some of the work done by the Cape Cod Stranding Network and local Marine Biologists.His interest in bringing Synergy together stems from his belief that there should be more public awareness and appreciation for the hard work being created by local artists and scientists. He also has a strong interest in the long history of influence shared between the disciplines of art and science. To Michael the roles of artists and scientists overlap in their investigation and discovery of the world around us. He is excited to bring such a diverse, passionate and forward thinking group together for scientific and artistic collaboration.
Lizzie Kripke is currently enrolled in the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, working toward both a BS in Neuroscience from Brown University as well as a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. At the most fundamental level, she is motivated by a pursuit to better understand, describe, and respect nature. She is interested in new methods of science communication and education, and, in particular, fostering the practice of a mutually beneficial relationship between artists and scientists.
Most recently, Lizzie was a student artist in residence in a lab studying dynamic camouflage in cephalopods at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. She recognizes huge potential for cross-illumination of the disciplines of art and science and believes that collaborative efforts like Synergy can provide necessary, effective platforms for the realization of a broader societal impact of scientific research.