It's hard to see the whole picture when there is "history in a story". It is even more difficult to solve a problem within a problem. The Art Loves Science Foundation trying to develop a solution for both. Founded by two researchers, who have a heart and talent for art and have been on two sides of the spectrum. They developed a unique way of mixing art and science so that it creates a common language and a way to speed up discoveries and innovation. Dr. Hande Ozdinler is a neurologist and she is also a painter, inventor of OzdinART ™, a new form of painting. Dr. Derya Ozyurt is a Process Systems Engineer, a percussionist, a baglama player and a music enthusiast.
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Working in competitive academic and industrial settings, they both know that it's an artist who is usually seen as a "distraction", a sign that you have not given you full time and attention to your profession. Then they kept both for a long time. But after the cellar was full of paintings and drums and other musical instruments, most of the living room occupied where it was impossible to hide; the two beloved art and yes they were researchers.
Because they were trained to find solutions to complicated problems, they knew it was necessary to be a way out where everyone benefits. First, they tried to assess the limitation factors and major paths to success. One major problem in science was the lack of support for the development of initial phases of crazy and impossible ideas. Although every great invention was once a baby idea, many wonderful collaborative and innovative ideas were left to die because of lack of funding and support. Many young faculties were left to paddle up to the present early in their carriers, and their brilliant ideas were not appreciated or supported. Fewer students chose science as their path; The smartest and most creative students were out of science because of lack of support and nutrition. Being a researcher was not fun anymore, it was all about granting writing, contributions that were hardly ever funded, and if it was financed, it was never enough. The innovation power also decreased because competition was unnecessarily brutal and killed potentially useful new ideas before they could even be fully realized.
In a striking contrast, discovery was unmatched and the level of knowledge generation was insignificant. The amount of data our ancestors have generated over 100 years was reached within a few days. We were in the time with big data, big data, networks, connections … and yet society was not completely engaged in the discovery, they did not know what happened in the lab, what was discovered and how it was discovered. There was a link between science and society, which further put on science, as researchers felt more lonely, rude and irrelevant. This lack of communication did not help the psyche of society. They begin to question the importance or relevance of science and either reject knowledge or choose those who best suit their opinions, creating many different "alternative facts". As a researcher, both Hande and Derya realized the extent of the upcoming problem. So what is the solution and how could they deliver?
A detail from a representative example of OzdinART ™ paintings, giving up to 1 micrometer color resolution without mixing and generating a 3D image on canvas.
First, they need to improve communication between science and society by finding a common language. When they looked at each other surrounded by the piano, the drummer, the baglama, paintings lying on the floor because the walls could not stand up, the answer was obvious: ART !! Art had such enormous power that it connects everything in the world. The music, the colors, the feeling were naturally engraved in all. If they could emphasize ART as a common language between science and society, that would be a great start. ART covered everything, it loved everyone, everything .. ART also loved Science. Science needed love and nutrition, and it needed support. ART was perhaps the only power that could deliver. So they started non-profit Art Loves Science Foundation, where art loves and supports science. By organizing concerts, art shows and selling TradeMarked OzdinART paintings, they decided to generate funds to support students who choose science as a way, hoping to recruit the bright senses of research. They also decided to generate funds for ideas that are innovative and cooperative so that they can help young faculties to test their "crazy" ideas and see if it works. Wow, that was too much to cover for an emerging reason; It would be impossible for them to support every enthusiastic student in the world or every new idea. They had to focus on their own skills and the research areas they are most involved in, initially.
Because Dr. Ozdinler worked very hard to understand the biology of upper engine neurons within the framework of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), one of the most terrible diseases in humanity, they decided to continue focusing on ALS research by awarding scholarships to students who would like to participate in ALS research programs and for young faculties that had collaborative and innovative ideas.
Many did not understand why Dr. Ozdinler would go out of her way and work so hard to help others. Some also suggested that this would support their own research. What was her profit? "Nobody remembers how many contributions we are writing or how many papers we publish," she says, "we will make our impact by changing and improving the lives of others. Not all our actions must benefit us directly if they help others, offers solutions to major problems and generates kindness, which eventually paves the way for us. " The first stages of Dr. Ozdinler's research was supported by the Les Turner ALS Foundation. "I was very lucky to have support in the early stages of my discoveries. Now it's time to ensure that young and bold are supported and that we create a nourishing environment for new and risky ideas." It's about giving back to society and doing the right thing. Dr. Ozyurt also believes in the importance of giving back to society and he is already dedicated to ALS patients by participating in walks and open water baths.
Both Hande and Derya believe that love for art will promote scientific discoveries, promote young researchers stay in science and encourage innovative fragile ideas. "We need more art in science and more science in art," they say, when they get ready for the opening of Art Loves Science Foundation with a welcoming exhibition on December 15thth at Mars Gallery in Chicago (http://www.marsgallery.com) between 1:30 AM and 5:30 PM. They hope to be supported by art and science enthusiasts, and we wish them good luck.
Dr. Hande Ozdinler and Dr. Derya Ozyurt initiated the Art Loves Science Foundation to encourage students and to generate funds for early stages of "crazy" and collaborative ideas.Dr Hande Ozdinler moved to the United States in 1996 to receive her PhD student, but after her brother passed away because of stroke at age 23, she switched her subject to neuroscience and received Ph.D. within cell biology, anatomy and neuroscience from the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and moved to Mass General Hospital / Harvard Medical School for postdoctoral training. She received the Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair Fellowship and became a faculty before moving to Northwestern as deputy professor. She was the head of the second Les Turner ALS Laboratory, which builds a lab that focuses on the biology of the upper engine neurons. She is now a lecturer and a faculty member at Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern. Dr. Ozdinler has the unique ability to connect and communicate, both in science and in general. She was chosen to be one of the most influential Turkish American women and gained recognition from President Obama. She was invited to the NOBEL Forum to talk about her latest discoveries. She is also the inventor of OzdinART (TM) a new painting technique that enables 3D Ebru-like painting on canvas. Her goal is to reveal the causes of the engine's neurons in ALS and to detect new treatment strategies, but she knows that none of the scientific results will be strong in order to have an impact in society without community involvement and support. After losing his father, mother and sister in the family at an early age, Dr. Ozdinler's definition of family, success and influence gained a new meaning. Now, an American citizen, Dr. Ozdinler, giving back to society by generating money for students to stay in science and by helping young faculties with their new, crazy and cooperative ideas. Through love in art she thinks that scientific discoveries can be improved and supported.
Dr Derya Ozyurt is a process engineer who specializes in mathematical modeling, simulation and optimization. He currently works as a major engineer at The MathWorks, Inc., providing software solutions for mathematical optimization to engineers and researchers. In his spare time, he practices and plays the baglama and also plays the drumming with his brother guitarist on his songs for his first progressive rock album. Derya also drives, walks and swims to raise awareness of arts, education and health, and supports several nonprofit organizations focusing on these issues. He has two B.S. Degrees in Industrial and Chemical Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.
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