Art + science? Full STEAM ahead

A keynote speaker at this year’s Digital Humanities Week is Roger Malina, widely regarded as a leading champion of the STEM to STEAM movement. As Executive Editor of MIT’s Leonardo publications, Malina has overseen a scholarly magazine and book series that for 50 years has explored emerging research fields that connect the sciences and engineering to the arts, design and humanities.

Yet sometimes innovative ideas require innovative vehicles, so Malina has also spearheaded forays into experimental publishing, from the Yasmin email list to the Creative Disturbance podcasts.

A recent question Malina has explored is how the rigor of peer review can be applied to “gray literature” outside of the traditional grooves of scholarly publishing. This is one of the goals of Arteca, a new federated platform under development by MIT Press.

Malina is Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology, and Professor of Physics, at the University of Texas at Dallas where he runs the ArtSciLab. He founded two nonprofits, ISAST in San Francisco and OLATS in Paris, which advocate and document the work of artists involved in contemporary science and technology. He served as director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence and was NASA Principal Investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Satellite project at the University of California, Berkeley.


Photo of Roger Malina at Ars Electronica, Linz, 2011, by rubra.