“Learning from Learners,” an exhibit of 2- and 3-dimensional art by Rachel Wu

Pablo Picasso said, “Youth has no age.”

Maybe he realized, as Rachel Wu has, that adults can – and should! – adapt children’s learning strategies to foster innovative and continuous learning.

Rachel’s creative, enthusiastic, fun-loving approach to life is evident in her numerous and wide-ranging accomplishments. She is a scientist, an artist, and a musician.

Rachel received her Ph.D. in cognitive development from Birbeck, University of London, in 2011. In the same year, she completed a degree in fine art and design at Middlesex University. She’s also an accomplished violinist who used to play in an indie rock band (The Outside Royalty). Currently, Rachel is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (University of Rochester) and she’s studying piano and voice at Eastman School of Music.

Gaia Fractals by Rachel Wu

“Gaia Fractals” by Rachel Wu

Rachel’s passion for mastering methods and techniques in different fields serves as her own personal case study for cognitive development research.

“Studying the learning strategies of infants, arguably the best learners, not only helps us understand them, but also provides insights into lifelong learning. Mastering creative skills for art in adulthood is similar to how infants have to learn.”

Rachel grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, and paper cutting all fostered an early interest in learning and creativity.

Rachel Wu

Rachel Wu

In August 2013, “Gaia Fractals,” her signature piece for this exhibit, was recognized as “Best in Show” at The Bridge Art Gallery’s “The Art of Play” exhibit.

“Learning from Learners” is on display through April 2014.


Miner Library is open to visitors Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 8 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm. Call 585.275.3361 for holiday hours or more information.



Posted by Susan Andersen

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