“Beauty” Salon Speaker Bios

Paul J. Steinhardt

Paul J. Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University and is on the faculty in the Department of Physics and in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. He received his B.S. in Physics at Caltech in 1974; his M.A. in Physics in 1975 and Ph.D. in Physics in 1978 at Harvard University. He was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows from 1978-81 and on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania from 1981-98, where he was Mary Amanda Wood Professor from 1989-98. He is a Fellow in the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2002, he received the P.A.M. Dirac Medal from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

Steinhardt is a theorist whose research spans problems in particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and condensed matter physics. He is one of the architects of the "inflationary model" of the universe, an important modification of the standard big bang picture which explains the homogeneity and geometry of the universe and the origin of the fluctuations that seeded the formation of galaxies and large-scale structure. He introduced the concepts of "quintessence,'' a dynamical form of dark energy that may account for the recently discovered cosmic acceleration. He has also explored novel models for dark matter. Recently, Steinhardt and Neil Turok (Cambridge U.) proposed the "cyclic model" of the early universe, a radical alternative to big bang/inflationary cosmology in which the evolution of the universe is periodic and the key events shaping the large scale structure of the universe occur before the big bang. In condensed matter physics, Steinhardt and Dov Levine (Technion) introduced the concept of quasicrystals, a new phase of solid matter with disallowed crystallographic symmetries, and Steinhardt has continued to make contributions to understanding their unique mathematical and physical properties. Recently, he has worked with Weining Man (Princeton) and Paul Chaikin (NYU) to develop a photonic quasicrystal for efficiently trapping and manipulating light in selected wavebands.

He has written over 200 papers, has edited 4 books, and has three U.S. patents, and two patents pending.

Louise Neri

Louise Neri is an editor, curator and writer working in the visual and performing arts. From 1990-2000 she was editor of the international journal Parkett, collaborating with artists and writers on articles, features and editioned artworks. At the same time, she developed and published innovative artist's monographs such as Looking Up: Rachel Whiteread's Water Tower and Silence Please! Stories after the works of Juan Munoz, as well as curating several large-scale international biennial exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial of American Art (1997) and the Bienal de Sao Paulo (1998, 2000).

In 2001 she left Parkett to pursue independent activities, moving to Europe in 2002. In 2002-3 she organized a year's program of monthly exhibitions and events entitled Antipodes at White Cube in London, and wrote and edited an accompanying book by the same name.

In 2003-4 she was invited by choreographer William Forsythe to develop and direct programming at the Theater am Turm/Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt. The final season, Why Only Now? was conceived as a multi-disciplinary program of dance, performance, music, radio, film and discussion. It included projects initiated and produced with local and international artists working with the diverse communities of Frankfurt.

In 2005, Neri became Artistic Director of White Cube, London, working on exhibition programming and publishing. She recently edited the book Towards a Promised Land (Steidl) with the photographer Wendy Ewald for the Artangel Trust, London.

Currently, Neri is based in New York, working with Gagosian Gallery on exhibition programming and publishing.

Dalton Conley

Dalton Conley is University Professor of the Social Sciences and Chair of Sociology at New York University. He is also holds appointments at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, as an Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). In 2005, Conley became the first sociologist to win the NSF's Alan T. Waterman Award. His research focuses on how socio-economic status is transmitted across generations and on the public policies that affect that process. In this vein, he studies sibling differences in socioeconomic success; racial inequalities; the salience of physical appearance to economic status; the measurement of class; and how health and biology affect (and are affected by) social position.

Felice Frankel

Felice Frankel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where she heads the Envisioning Science program at Harvard's Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC). She holds a concurrent appointment as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working in collaboration with scientists and engineers, Frankel's images have been published in over 300 journal articles and/or covers and various other publications for general audiences.

She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design for her previous work photographing the built landscape and architecture.

In 2005 she was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication.
Her latest book, Envisioning Science, The Design and Craft of the Science Image is now out in paperback. She is coauthor, with Harvard chemist George M. Whitesides, of On the Surface of Things, Images of the Extraordinary in Science. Her column, Sightings, appears regularly in American Scientist magazine. She is founder of the Image and Meaning Workshops and is also leading an NSF pilot project, Picturing to Learn, in an effort to study how representations made by students enhance teaching and learning science.


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