The Ohio State University at Lima

2017 Fowler Science Series looks at the many pieces and skills that go into animation

Ohio State Lima, Lima City Schools and City of Lima work together to bring Fowler Science Series to town

Students from the Lima City Schools will be at Ohio State Lima Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, to wrap up their experience with Stardust 2017: The William Fowler Science Series. They will visit a variety of labs including biology, chemistry and earth sciences. They will also spend some time with the theatre department.

As part of the science series, Kyoung Swearingen, assistant professor of design in Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design, will speak to the students at 11:45 a.m., in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. The focus of the third annual series is the cross disciplinary elements that go into creating an animated feature. The public is welcome to attend Swearingen’s talk but seating priority will be given to the students.

Kyoung Swearingen

Prior to joining the Department of Design faculty, Swearingen worked as an Assistant Professor of Animation in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas and has worked in the film industry for the last decade as a Technical Director of Lighting at Pixar Animation Studios and DNA Productions. She has worked on a variety of features and shorts including: Ratatouille, Wall-E, UP, Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Brave, Monsters University, Presto, La Luna, The Blue Umbrella, Mater’s Tall Tales, Partly Cloudy, Ant Bully and the Jimmy Neutron TV series. Her work has claimed numerous awards from the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Visual Effects Society, The American Film Institute, as well as many others.

Students from the South Science and Technology Magnet School have been making stop motion videos over a scientific topic of their choosing. After researching and writing a research paper, they used the scientific information to put the stop motion videos together with a partner. Most of the 22 projects will be on display at Ohio State Lima during the students’ visit to campus.

More about Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series

Lima is the hometown of one of the world’s most famous astrophysicists. William A. Fowler won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his efforts to show how all the natural elements in the Periodic Table are forged under extreme conditions across the course of a star’s lifetime.

Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series honors Fowler’s achievements and is a collaboration between the City of Lima, the Lima City Schools and The Ohio State University at Lima. The focus of the third annual series is the cross disciplinary elements that go into creating an animated feature. Previous topics include astrophysics and cancer research.

“It is a wonderful fact that Dr. Fowler grew up in Lima, was educated in the Lima City Schools and at the Ohio State University,” said Lima Mayor David Berger. ”And working together — Ohio State, the Lima City Schools and the City — we have decided to showcase that fact in order to emphasize the incredible, literally mind-blowing, opportunities created by education.”

Fowler grew up in Lima and attended Horace Mann Grade School and Lima Central High School. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University before moving to the California Institute of Technology to continue his groundbreaking work in the new field of astrophysics. His theory of the formation of the chemical elements in the universe forms the basis of our knowledge in this field, according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the original announcement of Fowler’s Nobel Prize.

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