Science Communication students collaborate with American designers


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This past June, American designers Dr. Beth Ferguson from the University of California, Davis and Dr. Sara Dean from California College of the Arts visited Dunedin as part of Climate Kit, an international art project produced in partnership with ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Wellington. During their month-long stay in Dunedin, Ferguson and Dean worked with a select group of Centre for Science Communication students enrolled in SCOM406 ("Science Exhibitions and Interpretation"). The collaboration culminated in a public exhibition at the Otago Museum during the month of July. 

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After several weeks of highly concentrated (and fun!) work behind the scenes, two unique climate-related displays were featured. One, "Stones and Bones," showcased a creative rendering of the extraordinary geology of the Otago Region of New Zealand, and was arranged by students Rebecca John, Kat Marino, and Amy Smith. The other museum display, organised by students Conor Feehy, Emma Hanisch, Ravi Ratnam and Colin Smilie, highlighted the Otago Dark Skies initiative, a campaign to conserve the astonishing night skies of the region by curbing urban sources of light pollution. 



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