Deniz and Alya by Science Notes (Team)

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

While discussing how to use new technologies & applications and integrate our science-based art journal’s public outreach, our discussion turned out a discussion on how children are hooked on tech. I recommended Alya to read on media addiction and be aware of how to organize herself for her media use. Here, we made an art journal page for media addiction and we summarized our readings on this topic.

What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today's society?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Leonardo da Vinci”?

Art? Science? Astronomy? History? Math? Painter? Invention? Architecture? Geography? Literature? Geology? Paleontology? Music? Or ALL?

Leonardo used both science and art to attempt to understand and describe the world around him.

Science and art are intertwined to the core. They aid each other and are each other in many ways. Both art and science spread new understandings of the world to others. Both have to communicate effectively to be used and understood in a correct way. Together, they share many characteristics and at the same time, differ. But, in the end, together they are integrated in our daily lives.

Arts play a huge role in communicating science and expanding the understanding it. They both prosper in our society.

Here is a quote from Leonardo da Vinci that embodies our thoughts on SciArt entirely, “Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all generations of the world.”

Get to know the artist!

The Instagram account, @science.notes is managed by Deniz and her daughter Alya. We love science and we also love making art. Bringing these together, we aim to learn along with each other. We observe, we question, we research, then we summarize our learnings in our journals, and next we document these on a digital diary through IG.

Deniz Bagdas, DVM, PhD, is a neuropharmacologist and works as an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She has had an extensive training in behavioral neuroscience. Her interests are focused on the role of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in addiction as well as pain and inflammation. Currently, she has been investigating the impact of flavors on nicotine use with a focus on behaviors related to nicotine addiction.

Alya currently is in high school. Her studies are focused on the sciences and arts. She is a future cardiothoracic surgeon in the making. Alya is also heavily involved in music, she has been playing the cello for several years and plays the guitar, ukulele, and keyboard. Since she was a toddler, she has delved into science and art. From astronomy to painting, and neuroscience to mosaics, she has done it all.

Get in touch!

Follow Deniz and Alya on Instagram: @science.notes

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