Liberal Arts Lecture: Assistant Professor Dr. Mika Tosca

Transcending Science: Can artists and designers help climate scientists prevent a climate apocalypse?
Monday, April 29, 4:15 p.m.5:45 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom
United States

Promotional poster for Dr. Mika Tosca Lecture


The climate crisis is more desperate than ever - ice caps are melting, disease is spreading, heat waves are multiplying, storms are strengthening - and politicians continue to ignore the warning signs. In this talk Dr. Tosca details ways in which working with artists and designers can improve communication of climate science, bolster scientific research, and help bridge the divide between scientists, artists, and the public.

Mika is a trained climate scientist, having completed her Ph.D. work at the University of California, Irvine in 2012. While at Irvine, Dr. Tosca researched the interconnectivity of the climate with landscape fires and particulate (aerosol) emissions. She continued her work as a postdoctoral scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (a contracted lab of NASA) in Pasadena, CA, working under Dr. David Diner. There she continued researching the interactions between climate and landscape fires, even traveling as far as Namibia in 2016 to research the complex relationships between smoke from fires and cloud formation. At SAIC, she has begun to explore whether scientists can work with designers to determine whether reimagining data visualization can help scientists ask better questions, and she continues to speak about contemporary science questions concerning climate change and the role of scientists, artists, and citizens in communicating climate change.]

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