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Secret Science Portrait Portals-VR Interactive Installation Samples

I am currently scripting visual stories about some women in science who made major contributions but were excised from records at the time of their discoveries. These will be incorporated into an immersive art installation for people to virtually interact with women scientists in their laboratories, as if standing in the middle of a scene, asking questions and receiving responses, selected from a menu of options, while being Immersed in a VR laboratory. This technology transforms the visitor from being a passive viewer to an active viewer.An example of one of the twenty-five selected Science Sheros I have chosen to address is Jeanne Villlepreux-Power who created the first Aquarium to learn about fossils and develop sustainable aquaculture principles in Sicily. Her unique work showed that the Argonauta argo produce their own shells. A very underappreciated woman scientist I am very focused on is Emmy Noether. Her formulations demystified understanding of the energy-momentum conservation law and theory of relativity with Bianchi identities. Her theorem proves both, and their converses. She is responsible for abstract algebra. “Noether’s Theorem,” yields fundamental laws such as the conservation of linear momentum and the conservation of energy. Her work is used today in the study of black holes, objects that were still science fiction for decades after her death. When Noether died, Einstein praised her in the New York Times but alluded to her gender instead of recognizing that Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced and stood out among her male colleagues. Likewise, a mathematician who eulogized her remarked on her “heavy build,” and sex life.This new installation continues the underlying thematic content in my prior tableaux, and projections, telling stories about women in science unrecognized for their great discoveries; designed to re-right history and prevent more outliers from disappearing like aliases dragged into a computer’s trash These were exhibited in New York venues in 2000 at the Puck Building, Manhattan, 2008 at the Mishkin Gallery and at the National Academy Museum in 2010 in New York City, as well as videos produced within the last five years about this subject exhibited in Bradford England, and Ecuador.