Dr. Andy Yang examines insect ecology at SAIC.
Dr. Andy Yang examines insect ecology at SAIC.
November 7

SAIC’s Resident Insect Expert

On November 1 Medill Reports writer Theresa Chong consulted SAIC professor and resident ant expert Andy Yang (Liberal Arts) ahead of the Chicago Area Ant Lab Meeting at the Field Museum, an annual event that brings together more than 50 scientists and insect researchers to discuss ant-related findings. Yang, whose SAIC course The Insect World details identification and preparation techniques for insect collecting, received a PhD researching the evolution and ecology of ants. Ants are among “the most ecologically successful species on the planet,” he explains. Like Yang’s class, numerous projects on SAIC’s campus explore intersections between art and science, including SAIC’s Conversations on Art and Science series. Lectures and discussions highlight critical interdisciplinary perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. Recent speakers include CERN International Arts leader Ariane Koek, astrophysicist Andrea Ghez, and research scientist and science photographer Felice Frankel.