The annual Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience event, sponsored by two of UNMs interdisciplinary research centers including The Spatiotemporal Modeling Center and the Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center, will be held Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 at 333 Montezuma Annex in the railyard area of Santa Fe.

The Art of Systems Biology & Nanoscience will feature talks by two widely recognized biomedical scientists including cell biologist and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Ron Vale from the University of California in San Francisco, and computational biologist Bette Korber from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Vale's accomplishments include pioneering work with novel light microscopes to discover and characterize microtubule motors, the molecular machines that power processes like cell division and neurotransmission.

Korber uses new data visualization techniques to make fundamental discoveries about the evolution of viruses harmful to human health. The future of nanotechnology in medicine and the beauty of nanoscale engineering will be discussed and illustrated by Piotr Grodzinski, Director of the National Cancer Institute Alliance for Cancer Nanotechnology. There will also be an exhibit featuring the stunning scientific visualizations and animations of artist-in-residence Graham Johnson.

The art show opens at 4 p.m. Friday, March 30 and closes at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Public talks will be held at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Kids and teachers are invited to enter the world of the "teeny-tiny" through interactive experiments in nanotechnology on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., led by graduate students from the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program and the New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. The nanoscience program also includes a glo-fish giveaway for a participating teacher.

The Health Sciences Community is invited to attend this free two-day event. Registration is required for the private receptions preceding the evening lectures.

For more information and to register, visit Spatio Temporal Modeling Center.