Poet Laureate

An important part of the Schiller Institute’s mission is to meld the humanistic with the scientific. To address this aspect of our mission, we appointed a Poet Laureate. The first Schiller Poet Laureate is BC undergraduate student Jesse Julian. Jesse has been writing beautiful, thought-provoking poetry that you can explore below.

trailblazing by Jesse Julian (read at the January 19, 2023 SI-GECS Symposium)

trailblazing by jesse julian

Notes on trailblazing - Jesse Julian

Growing up, I was a passive child, refusing to take action regarding any issues surrounding me. I was often advised to not “fight fire with fire,” which essentially means to respond to an attack with a similar attack. However, I transformed this saying into a much more uplifting and motivating phrase, provoking people to take action. My poem characterizes January 19th's researchers as “trailblazers” who took profound action against climate change. This is proven by their commitment to their respective research. Thus, I devoted a stanza to each of their projects, after studying and asking them about their work. “trailblazing” commemorates the ways in which these “trailblazers” have chosen to fight climate change, or, “fight fire with fire.” - Jesse Julian

15 by Jesse Julian (read at the January 26, 2023 SI-GECS Symposium)

15 by jesse julian

Notes on 15 - Jesse Julian

"'15' describes the personal impact on my life from the COVID-19 pandemic, which struck right through the middle of my high school career. It changed the way I interacted with people; the way I learned; how I found entertainment. Adapting to an Internet-based life was a struggle, especially for my mental health. A decline in mental health was a common adolescent issue amongst my peers; I wanted to reflect this in my poem. However, the research performed by Jan. 26th’s symposia brings comfort to this younger generation, which will eventually rise from the dark of the pandemic and return to their curious sparks, thanks to the effort made by researchers today." - Jesse Julian

Modern Magic by Jesse Julian

Modern Magic by Jesse Julian

Modern Magic Presto-Change-o-Sleight of Hand! (minus tarot-card-decks, half-sawed-women, rabbit-hat-tricks) bathy and LiDAR lie at fingertips - like the wave of a wand Comes control by a *click* what you’ll see stirs ooh’s and aah’s of movement and magic reflections of light captured in plane-sight shades of deposition - GIS shares the vision of marvelous, of a modern magician. Image: contains an artful magician’s hat, wand and stars Jesse Julian

Notes on Modern Magic - Jesse Julian

"Modern Magic" struck me while admiring the fluid and mesmerizing complexity of GIS. I sat in Professor Noah Snyder's lab, admiring the captivating visuals on the screen while his welcoming team discussed the depictions. They displayed an aura of exciting wonder, especially for the capabilities that GIS had in developing their research.

As a theme, I toyed with the idea of traditional magic. I incorporated references to this language domain; for instance, the phrase "Presto Chango" alludes to the "quick change" of modern technology today.

I understand, though, that magic shows appear somewhat corny, like a kids' birthday party. GIS, in contrast, was sophisticated, told a factual story, and relied on technological advances, and so I defined the difference between traditional versus modern magic.

Each layer of the Chattahoochee River was revealed with a satisfying click of a mouse, captured by bathymetry and LiDAR. The ease of this captured my attention, and I felt like a kid watching a card trick — except GIS isn't an illusion at all.

the human touch by Jesse Julian (read at the April 27, 2023 Lunch and Learn Seminar)

the human touch by Jesse Julian

conflict clouds and it compounds a viscous mind — it melts, it melts newly born, children's mental health but humanity — a warm wash of sunlight, hold hearts in sticky summer skin — it spills over, a home for healthy habit sustained in a child's heart, it beats: "Sugira-" Strengthen "-Muryango" the Family reach within culture skills and support miles from our residence for warm smiles and intelligence. Jesse Julian

Notes on the human touch - Jesse Julian

"the human touch" focuses on the warm, comforting feeling associated with the good in humanity. My poem begins by acknowledging the compounded effect of conflict (such as war) which negatively impacts a child's malleable cognitive skills and intelligence. Yet, I believe all humans harness a warmth, encompassed in their ability to reach and touch the hearts of those in need. Upon meeting them, Matias and Sarah embodied their compassionate dedication to implementation science, bringing skills, support, and the warmth of the human touch to children.

once upon a time by Jesse Julian (read at the October 18, 2023 Research Symposia)

once upon a time by Jesse Julian

Once Upon a Time, a future unfolds, children playing patients, the world an ugly foe, a fear after resettlement, unstable Neverland, delusion in the limelight, the dreams of Peter Pan, "wish upon a star breath the fair dust," we blur the fact and fiction, but work for what is just, progress past what has aged, turn to all anew, the youth must stay engaged, and the future starts with you. Jesse Julian

Notes on once upon a time - Jesse Julian

"once upon a time" came from a reflection on youth wellbeing, which appeared as a running theme in today's symposia. Although we may only dream that our children could live in a fairy tale, they are challenged with prevalent topics such as mental health and immigration. However, the research done by the Schiller grantees aims to resolve and investigate these areas of concern, propelling us towards a better reality for our youth.

Catalysis by jesse julian (read at the November 6, 2023 Research Symposia)

once upon a time by Jesse Julian

Catalysis, stand opposite us on our Newton's cradle, no silver strikes you in the face, with the energy we waste. We collide and we throw and collide and we litter and collide and we burn, under lies of living life, how temporary how fragile how young how wasted. You know I'd hate to fuel the fire, unless we keep it clean. We create and collaborate and create and convert and create and control and catalyze creation under no lies just life. How strong how energetic how young never wasted. So stand again with Newton's cradle, face the collision of disciplines, the qquantum material, the character of phononics, with no moire to waste, let it strike you in the face. Jesse Julian

Notes on Catalysis - Jesse Julian

Whether you’re a quantum physicist or a curious kid, you’re likely familiar with Newton’s cradle. It often sits still on desks until you initiate motion by grabbing one of the silver balls and allowing it to fall, and all the spheres continue to collide in a cradle-like motion until energy is lost to its surroundings. Under this metaphor, humans hope to maintain the optimistic and progressive energy of the universe, yet environmental concerns such as heat waste or harmful carbon emissions enact the waste of our developing technology and science. However, the back-and-forth collision of ideas through collaboration across multiple disciplines, all present within this symposium, help in catalyzing the creation of a sustainable society.

Hourglass by jesse julian (read at the December 1, 2023 Research Symposium)

once upon a time by Jesse Julian

Hourglass. We catch grains that grace hands, like snowflakes on griddy tongues, building fragile kingdoms for sandmen, burning skin with kisses of sun. We have minds like machines, burt we are mothers to the young, a gravitational pull, to live a life robust in love. It runs within our bodies, systematic we fear to risk it, we affirm our minds in practice and love our bodies with good nutrition. In the care of oneself, while the sand remains slipping, we are human in the hourglass of health, and our time is worth ticking. Jesse Julian

Notes on Hourglass - Jesse Julian

Sonnets often sing of strong emotions, most popularized by Shakespeare. With a structure and rhyme scheme reminiscent of a sonnet, "hourglass" focuses on intense human love and joy in the face of a finite life. Whether you are a dreamer or a mental machine, a mother or an adolescent, your health and wellbeing greatly impacts the quality of your life. We as humans aim to live healthy lives filled with love despite the hours ticking towards finitude. The health-based research in this symposium all aim for a similar feat by improving the everyday lives of people, creating a healthcare system centered on humans.