Jane Pirone is an Associate Professor of Communication Design at Parsons, The New School for Design, where she served as Director of the Communication Design program until Summer 2011. Her research focuses on methods of interdisciplinary and collaborative design practice and on the creation of location/mobile/networked-based media projects centered around the building of community, while supporting advocacy, activism, and social change - specifically within the urban context. Jane is a founding member of the Datamyne Project (myne.newschool.edu), and the urbanBIKE initiative. In addition, she is the founder/creative director of Not For Tourists and the award winning design firm, Happy Mazza Media, which specialized in information and interactive design for clients such as Nickelodeon, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM, and the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Jane received a BFA from the University of Michigan, and an MS in Telecommunications and Information Management from Polytechnic University.
Trained as a Toxicologist, Jenifer Wightman is a research scientist specializing in greenhouse gas inventories and life cycle analysis of agriculture, forestry, waste, and bioenergy systems at Cornell University, funded by DoE, USDA, NYS DA&M, and NYSERDA. Her art practice began in 2002 and employs scientific tropes to incite curiosity of biological phenomena and inform an ecological rationality. Her art has been commissioned by NYC parks, featured at the Lincoln Center, BAM, and Imagine Science Festival, and is held in collections such as the Morgan Library, Library of Congress, Gutenberg Museum, Bodmer Museum, and the Danish Royal Library.
Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library