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Northern Movements by Yvette Brown

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Arrived a little early for a luncheon appointment at 425 Market Street in San Francisco. Saw a ‘multi canvas construction’ then read the artist’s description reprinted below.

My own most memorable dream is of flying; I’ve even awoke convinced that I actually did! “Structure ….. is an illusion.” “We are all bodies in motion, flowing around and over the rigid boundaries we try to erect.” Also helps to explain the behavior and impulses of our teenage son.

“My work is about the deep psychological and physical responses people have to motion. I create images that tap into the rich vein that lies between our dreams of flying and our nightmares of falling out of control.

My paintings hover somewhere along the invisible line of tension between awkwardness and grace. I strive to capture the frozen moment in which balance is either lost or regained. I tend to avoid faces because they give too much away. I want to leave more for the viewer to interpret. Is a figure filled with the elation of soaring? Or is there a violence bubbling just beneath the veneer of beauty? It all depends on what we bring of ourselves to the viewing.

I often break my figures up into multi-canvas construction of varying depths in an attempt to contain aspects of the image- much in the same way that each of us tries to impose some kind of structure on the chaos of our lives. But that structure, as hard-edged as we try to make it, is an illusion. It distorts the picture we present of ourselves in ways that can be both flattering and grotesque.

But the truth is that, like the figures I paint, we are all bodies in motion, flowing around and over the rigid boundaries we try to erect. Life is not so easily contained. This is not such a bad thing.”

-Yvette M. Brown

Blue Pane Studio’s deliver app for National Cancer Institute

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The purpose of the app is to guide summer interns in and around the three NCI campuses of Frederick, Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland. Maybe not as engaging as Angry Birds or an iBook and is the nearly perfect sorts of info to be resident on a mobile device. App delivered on both Apple and Android operating systems.

Cytokines Conference App: 9th from Blue Pane Studio

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

cytokines 2010

Complete Conference info. Thanks to Dr. Howard Young. Scientists are truly problem solvers, meaning patient and foresighted. BTW, get app here.

Meet Blue Pane Studio

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Click on photo to initiate 60 second video. Music by Moon Safari, La Femme de L’Argent.

Meet Science in the Triangle Journalists & Writers

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The Science of Business & the Business of Science: shall the twain meet?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Participated, and fortunate to do so, in the annual Fuqua Business School’s High Tech Conference on Wednesday and attended, gladly to do so, the Summit on Nano Technology and the Environment, program here on Thursday. My guess is that even though the Fuqua School and the Bio Tech Center, host of the Summit, are separated by 8 miles of distance, their purposes and perspectives keeps them miles apart. Yet, each expressed an interest in meeting more of the other. A recurring theme of the nano conference presentations was not to let the capabilities of the science get too far ahead of the ‘public’s acceptance’ of this science. Lessons from the hysteria of genetically altered crops, aka Franken-science, remain vivid.

Forty percent of the Fuqua MBA program comprises international students and ones who are ambitious, accomplished and clever as well courteous and purposeful. Deflating for me is that 90% of the Hi Tech Club comprises international students. I guess that my fellow Americans who join the Retail, Finance and Energy Clubs at Fuqua don’t feel comfortable in the HT Club, or worse, maybe don’t feel that technology will have much bearing in their future roles. Cannot be true! Even though the average age of an MBA candidate is 30, meaning that they have plenty of work experience, they are eager for tips and secrets and leads for employment. Is there a science to the adult, working world? Which made me ponder the notion of a Masters of Business Administration. Do we need business administrators? Can leadership be taught ’cause this is what we need. Is not the essence of leadership selfless service or sacrifice? Here’s a B-school promo: come to XXX for $120k in real cost and learn to sacrifice or help others to perform better. I’d like to change the name of the degree to Masters of Business Innovation or is this too close to Tom Wolfe’s masters of the universe image in The Bonfire of the Vanities?

At lunch, I asked if the business school curriculum taught business development or sales. ‘Not really’ was the table’s reply. What business is there to administer if there is no top-line or revenue?! Reminds me of my transition from the Naval Academy to the fleet or real Navy. At Annapolis, we learned a lot about ship design and missile intercept solutions. Didn’t get too much insight into how to manage a division of 15 to 18 sailors, most older, some smarter and all more worldly than me. This was my first assignment as I didn’t do much ship driving or any missile firing until much later. OK- it’s not news now that the adult world’s concept of management and organizational behavior is about as fragile and outmoded as, well, as is our banking system.


Governor Hunt welcomed attendees. Did you know that he was governor twice, twice = 16 years.

The highlight of the Nano Summit was the presentation by Dr. Joe DeSimone, reknown chemist and entrepreneur. Yes, Virginia, one can be both. He spoke adeptly about his vision for nano technology and even though he pitched his latest venture, Liquidia, his presentation was interesting, informative, well substantiated (meaning his charts aided his talk; his talk did not furnish color commentary for the charts as we too, too often suffer). Dr. Joe knows how to make a business of science and has a keen sense of the science of business. I learned more about the potential of nano technology in his 20 minutes than I’ve in 3 years of trying to read the occasional article on this topic.

My conclusion from these two days is that there is enormous opportunity for those with an aptitude, if not the scholarship, to discuss the business value of technology. How can we shorten the distance between our RTP business schools and our RTP scientists?

IBM 701 & 7 shares become $150,000.00

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Mentioned the privilege of luncheon with Oliver Smithies. While standing about, I met a senior chemical executive and renown scientist in his own right. We discussed my work at IBM. He quickly offered that he was among the first civilians to work on IBM’s series 701 computer, the first one available with addressable memory because of an improved design from punch cards to electronic memory. He recalled the day that he travelled to Madison Avenue in New York City to run his calculations. ‘Worked the first time that I tried, unlike the old days when a faulty vacuum tube would crash the entire calculation.” 141511

He purchased seven (7) shares of IBM stock. “Cost over $100 each, even in 1953″. I asked if he still had them. “Yes,” he replied cheerfull, “the same seven shares are worth more than $150,000.” gets a DJ on WXDU

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I am interested in helping promote the wealth of science-related entities in our Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, aka Research Triangle Park. has info about our efforts.

Our intent is to create a business model that does not depend upon hand-outs or grants from others to sustain this effort as such an approach only carves the pie into yet another piece. More in the future on what I’ve learned so far.

To show another side of science, I’ve qualified as a DJ on Duke University Radio, WXDU (88.7 fm). The only way to really hear it is on iTunes via the link on the station’s site. Hats off to Duke for permitting members of the community to be part of the station. I hope and plan in the spring to offer a program entitled, what else?!, Science in the Triangle where I will interview a member of the local scientific community about their work and their favorite & influential types of music.

Over the holidays, I’m on air:

12/24 noon to 2 ——— 12/25 8pm to 10
12/26 3pm to 6 ——— 12/27 7am to 9
12/29 7am to 9 ——– 12/30 7am to 9
12/31 10pm to 1201

1/2/09 3 to 4:30

If you have requests, please telephone 919-684-8870 or 919-684-8871 while I’m on air.

This is worse for my teenaged sons than my Facebook page.

Science in the Triangle adopts a highway

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Blue Pane Studio (Tessa’s labor of love, in addition to me and Owen) formed a partnership with the NC Museum of Life and Science to expand the audience beyond families with children under 12. The site is The rules of Adopt a Highway forbid telephone numbers or complete URLs, so we bet that our audience could figure out how to find us. Now we’re obligated to patrol this stretch of Erwin Road at least 4x per year.