Owen Fernley’s Science Artists Residency has led to some great relationships and excellent inspiration. The program aims to immerse an artist in a scientific research and showcase the work that stems from the residency. Here’s more from residency facilitator Art the Science:
During the initial days of the residency, [Dr. Kevin Mumford] and his lab members introduced Fernley to their research interests and ongoing projects. One area the group studies is groundwater quality and how contaminants and chemicals enter, move, and transform below the surface. “Groundwater isn’t something that people see every day of their lives, but lots of people depend on it,” Mumford explains.
Additionally, by understanding how these chemicals move underground, the researchers simultaneously gain insights about how to remove the hazardous materials. “If we can understand how some of the fundamentals—physics, chemistry, biology, geology—how all of that works together, it’s sort of two sides of the coin,” says Mumford. “If we understand the processes, we know which processes could be manipulated or enhanced so that we can get those things out of the ground.” Therefore, another research focus is remediation of contaminated sites.
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