This Month at the CRC

This Month's Essays & Announcements 

December 2015 / January 2016

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CRC Cathy Oneil

Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard University, was a postdoc at the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College. She switched to the private sector, working for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks. She wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia University in 2014. She is a weekly guest on the Slate Money podcast and is currently writing a book about the 'dark side' of big data called Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy coming out September 2016 from Random House.


November 2015

Carpe Diem Neil Baldwin

CRC director Dr. Neil Baldwin was featured on the latest episode of Carpe Diem, a weekly news magazine from the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State. Dr. Baldwin discussed his acclaimed biography of the renowned innovator of American poetry Dr. William Carlos Williams, To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, The Doctor-Poet, which chronicles the life of the New Jersey poet who wrote from the perspective of a doctor and practiced medicine with the compassion of a poet. Carpe Diem also documented a memorable event at the Meadowlands Museum honoring the poet his extensive work as a physician. 

Watch the episode here.

September 2015

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The Third Annual CRC Symposium:

The Cinematic Imagination - Part I
A Conversation with Cari Ann Shim Sham
February 4, 2014

Click here to watch the conversation filmed & edited by Ken Spooner.
Click here to learn more about Cari Ann Shim Sham and her work.
Click here to see the promo for Stardust, Cari Ann's collaboration with David Rousseve.

Part II - February 25 - A Conversation with Pam Turner 

Click here to watch Ken Spooner's video of the interview with Pam Turner.
Part III - Watch the Q&A Interview with filmmaker Grahame Weinbren! - April 1, 2014 - click here

Part IV - Watch the interview/screening with Academy Award Winner Skip Lievsay – April 22, 2014 - click here


The Scientific Imagination: Where Do Ideas Come From?

Please click here to see video.

The MSU Creative Research Center in association with The College of the Arts, The College of Science and Mathematics, and The School of Communication and Media presents The Second Annual CRC Symposium/VideoThe Scientific Imagination – Where Do Ideas Come From? 


 Dr. Neil Baldwin, Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance in the College of the Arts and Director of The Creative Research Center, interviews Dr. Jennifer Adams Krumins, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Molecular Biology; Dr. Cigdem Talgar, Director of Research & Programs and Acting Director, The Research Academy for University Learning; Dr. William Thomas, Director, New Jersey School of Conservation; Dr. Ashwin Vaidya, Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences; and Dr. Meiyin Wu, Associate Professor, Biology and Molecular Biology and Director of The Passaic River Institute. 

The Creative Research Center was established two years ago as the first - and only “virtual Center” at MSU. Its ambitious mission is to promote a continuous conversation about the role of the creative imagination in all fields – not only in the arts.

This one-hour video is a wide-ranging conversation about the delights and complexities of the scientific imagination. The panel discussion includes a series of short films produced and narrated by current broadcasting students and recent graduates that takes us “behind the scenes” for a first-hand look at the current projects and explorations of five distinguished scientists, as well as surprising revelations from their pasts about how they became immersed into their scientific ways of life.

 The program explores how science and creativity have come together in these five careers, and how the imagination comes into play when these scientists are engaged in a project.

Thanks to Earl Harris & Alexandra Thelin for their continuing technical expertise.

The Creative Research Center is now on Facebook.

The Creative Research Center encourages cross-disciplinary critical discourse through virtual and real-time communications.

Our vision for stimulating an expansive cultural dialogue crossing physical boundaries culminated in a live event, Imagination in the Post-9/11 World: How Have We Changed? on October 12, 2011.