Emory University has named Audrey Chang as the inaugural director of Science Gallery Atlanta, an innovative and immersive place for scientific and artistic collaboration that will open to the public early next year.
Chang began his new post on October 13, months before the opening of “Hooked,” an exhibit that will explore the twin themes of addiction and recovery – hot topics as mental health issues rise. during the pandemic.
Prior to joining the Science Gallery team, Chang was COO of the Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies, where she formulated and executed strategic plans for the group. Prior to that, Chang led teams in higher education, including a stint at Duke University, and museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History.
Deborah BrunerEmory, Senior Vice President for Research, said she was delighted to welcome Chang to Emory and noted that her leadership experience in museums and the cultural arts sector was important to her role at Emory.
“Dr. Chang is no stranger to the fusion of art and science. His passion for research and his knowledge of the museum industry will be integral to the success of Science Gallery Atlanta,” says Bruner. The Emory community and the city of Atlanta are set for a remarkable experience. ”
Michael Elliot, dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, shares Bruner’s sentiments. “I am delighted to see Science Gallery Atlanta’s vision progress with the appointment of Audrey Chang,” he said.
Elliott believes Science Gallery Atlanta will provide an important venue for Emory researchers and students to engage with the public. “This is an incredible opportunity for researchers and undergraduates to reinvigorate their experience,” he notes. “I can’t wait to see Science Gallery Atlanta become a reality. “
Chang says she is honored to be working with Science Gallery Atlanta’s experienced team of curators and staff for the inaugural exhibition and beyond. “I’m excited to bring my experiences in building strategic partnerships with cultural and higher education organizations to co-create a place that uniquely serves our communities in Atlanta,” she said. “For me, Science Gallery Atlanta is a place for prototyping, whether we are experimenting and testing ideas, strategies, programs, exhibits, or measuring results.”
Noting that Emory is a natural base for Science Gallery Atlanta, Chang says that “the university’s powerful interdisciplinary research enterprise, its location in vibrant metro Atlanta, and its commitment to social justice are a unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with the many communities that represent Atlanta.
Chang says she is committed to promoting Emory’s strategic goals through Science Gallery Atlanta. “The university’s mission is based on service. Two of the four pillars of its strategic plan focus on innovation and Atlanta, ”she said. “We will amplify and broaden the impact of our professors’ research by creating surprising and unexpected channels to present the results of Emory’s multidisciplinary research enterprise. “
Beyond his impact on the Emory community, Chang hopes to make Science Gallery Atlanta a source of learning, dialogue and reflection. “I would like the communities here to see our programs and ideas as a resource, a fair space for interaction and an organization that can grow and change with Atlanta,” she says. “The Science Gallery should reflect the beauty and diversity of this region and should be intentional in how it approaches the history, conflicts, and past, present and future challenges of Atlanta.”
Chang holds a BS in Evolution and Ecology from the University of California at Davis, an MA in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Biology from Duke University.
Emory joined the Science gallery network last year as the eighth member. The university-led global collaboration is dedicated to public engagement in science and art with a focus on engaging young people aged 15 to 25.
About the science gallery network
The Science gallery network is made up of leading universities united around a singular mission: to spark creativity and discovery where science and art meet. Science Gallery International is the non-profit charitable organization that is catalyzing the growth of the network, providing the services, tools and resources necessary to fuel and expand this unique global collaboration, which now has members on four continents: The Pioneer Member Trinity College Dublin (Ireland); King’s College London (United Kingdom); The University of Melbourne (Australia); Indian Institute of Science, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, National Center for Biological Sciences (India); Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice (Italy); Michigan State University (United States); Erasmus University Medical Center (Netherlands); and Emory University (United States).