Keck Futures Initiative Awards $1 Million for 11 Projects http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=06152016 PostedJune 24, 2016 seed grant, Brandon Ballengée, Prosanta Chakrabarty, Sean Miller, John Erickson Museum of Art, SOIL art collective and artist-run space, Rachel Mayeri, Harvey Mudd College Lise M. Frandsen, Autogena, Sheffield Hallam University (UK) Jöelle Bitton, Harvard University Crude Life: A citizen art and science investigation of Gulf of Mexico biodiversity after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – $100,000 This interdisciplinary art and science project will gather data on endemic fishes affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The project will raise public awareness of local species, ecosystems, and regional environmental challenges through community “citizen science” surveys and a portable art-science museum of Gulf biodiversity. Beth Cardier and Harold Goranson, Sirius-Beta Inc. Niccolo Casas, RISD Rhode Island School of Design; The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London Patric Lundberg, Eastern Virginia Medical School Alessio Erioli, Università di Bologna Richard Ciavarra and Larry Sanford, Eastern Virginia Medical School Design in Information Flow: Using aesthetic principles to overcome computational barriers in the analysis of complex systems – $50,000 Computer systems struggle with context, producing data silos instead of holistic understanding. This project demonstrates how principles of emergent design can overcome barriers in computational logic by visualizing how information is optimized as it flows among biomedical reference frameworks. This new modeling approach will synthesize informatics, biomedicine, and art. Mark Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles Philip Beesley, Philip Beesley Architect Inc. Sentient Architectural Systems: Transforming architecture by coupling human neurology to interactive responsive building environments – $100,000 This project will explore possibilities for a built, inhabited environment to be sentient by examining the mutual influence between these interactive spaces and peo The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative – a project of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – announced the recipients of 11 grants awarded to support interdisciplinary projects related to art and science, engineering, and medicine frontier collaborations, the subject of the 13th annual Futures conference, held last November.