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Rita Blaik is a multidisciplinary scientist, artist, and dancer based in Los Angeles, California. Her life's goal is to find new and innovative ways of communicating science to people through interactive discussions, art, and other media.

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She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Irvine, where she participated in many diverse research fields such as metallurgy and thermal effects, bio-ceramics, and tissue engineering. She also helped co-found UCI MatSci, a student chapter of the nationally recognized society Material Advantage, which began an outreach program to local high school students. Currently pursuing a PhD in the same field at UCLA, she is a proud fellow of the IGERT Clean Energy for Green Industry fellowship and works with professor Bruce Dunn on biological fuel cell systems and architectures. She is also an instructor for the UCLA Sci|Art Nanolab, a highly competitive two week summer program for high school students with the end goal of development of proposals and ideas that could serve as prototypes for either an art project or a scientific research study. As of Fall 2011 she is also the networking + outreach coordinator for the UCLA Art|Sci Center.

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She is also a photographer. Her roots have been based in the bands of the LA music scenes, which greatly influence her style. Currently she is moving in the direction of photography as a vehicle for artistic, social and scientific expression. Her most recent projects have taken on the theme of "altered states", using photography as a tool for visual manipulation and to probe the viewer to question their perceived notions on the state-of-being of matter.

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