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Ballora, Cutler Among Select Group to Give Talks at Blue-White Science Expo

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Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, and Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, are among a select group of Penn State faculty chosen to give talks during the Blue-White Science Expo on Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center. The expo offers the community a chance to show their support for research while learning about the newest work from 17 of Penn State’s research faculty.

The expo will highlight speakers from a diverse array of disciplines, including art history (Cutler), biology, earth sciences, sociology and acoustics (Ballora). The talks are grouped into five themes that mirror the five thematic research priorities for 2016-2020: Transforming Education, Enhancing Health, Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources, Advancing the Arts and Humanities, and Driving Digital Innovation.

Cutler's talk, at 11:30 a.m. in Heritage Hall, is titled "Is This a Fake? Scientific Approaches to Questions of Authenticity in the 21st Century." Ballora's presentation, "Spaghetti of Storms 2005 — an Animation and Sonification of Storms Worldwide Throughout the Year," at 1:30 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium, will feature a data sonification and animation that he created.

"Traditionally, scientists study visualizations of data, which is informative up to a point,” he said. “By representing scientific data as musical sound as well as animations — that is, through sonification as well as through visualization — we open the door to new learning experiences and new insights. If a generation of students is raised to regard science as something that is listened to as well as looked at, we could have a broadened research climate a few decades from now."