Jan. 18th -Animation & Science

Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies -Associate Director Ann Close and Dr. Diane Young Kim Undergraduate Programs Director speak about their collaborations with Hench-DADA, upcoming opportunities for  internships/residencies and the research being conducted on the island campus.

annAnn Close is the Associate Director for the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and has proudly been with the Institute since its formation in the mid 1990s. After receiving her graduate degree in Marine Science at UC Santa Cruz, she came to USC after spending seven years at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (she went for a year and kept forgetting to leave). She splits her time between the USC Wrigley Marine Science Campus on Catalina Island and the mainland campus, and her academic passions are widespread: In addition to a fierce commitment to environmental education and anything involving sustainability, she has a keen interest in science communication and storytelling.


dianeDr. Diane Kim is the Undergraduate Programs Director at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, where she works to develop and implement immersive, innovative and societally relevant education and research programs for undergraduates.  One of her first major projects at the Wrigley Institute was to help establish two 600-gallon aquaponics systems at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, enhancing education and research opportunities around the topic of sustainable food.  Receiving her Ph.D. in Biology from USC, she also has 10 years of research experience in environmental microbiology and biological oceanography and is currently co-leading a research project funded by the Department of Energy to explore kelp and other macroalgae as a sustainable source of biofuel.

Wrigley Sustainability Prize February 10 Deadline

Postcard by Valerie LaPointe 2004


Postcard series – CTAN 524 Contemporary Topics in Animation & Digital Art 2004


2 thoughts on “Jan. 18th -Animation & Science

  1. I thought this seminar was an interesting one. Bittersweet, in many respects. As I listened to Ann and Diane, it struck me that Catalina is an island in more ways than one. It’s a bastion of knowledge, environmentalism, and education in a land that seems to be increasingly turning it’s nose up at such qualities. So I’m glad to see that the people on Catalina are as passionate about these things as they are.

    I don’t know what the future holds for us in this country. But I know that, if things are looking grim, we have people who are willing and able to lead the charge. We will continue to learn. We will continue to value knowledge. We will continue to improve our relations with the environment. We will continue to progress.


  2. I have to say that this seminar was really cool. It was an interesting combination between animation and science. Since my last major in my undergraduate school is environmental art. I did some landscape design in the past few years. But this is the first time to let me think deeply about the science in the landscape. As for me, maybe some part of their talking it’s still hard to understand. I was shocked by their profound knowledge. And I also realized that we really need to learn a lot to enrich ourselves. All in all, thanks for sharing.


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