Prize-winning painter, writer, and former Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) research fellow Alison Winfield Burns lives in Manhattan. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and BS in Astronomy from Columbia University in the City of New York (2005). She was a teenage student of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Institute's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Tibetan meditation master, Chö gyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Alison Winfield Burns paints and authors under the name Alice.
She is published in the Huffington Post, Australia's The Stringer--Independent news, Naropa Press (Bombay Gin), and White Hot Magazine. Alice's memoir Ivy League Bohemians: A Girl Among Boys is forthcoming from Dynasty Press in London, 2014.
Born in the United States, her family is from Scotland. Alice is connected through her godmother, Lady Jeanne Louise Campbell, to the Dukes of Argyll. Alice's godmother is the granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook (former owner of the Daily Express, the London Evening Standard and the Sunday Express), an ex-wife of American author Norman Mailer, and great-niece of Queen Victoria's daughter Louise. Alice's more immediate family--an uncle on her grandmother's side--was assistant attorney general for President Harry Truman.
Alice spent many years cloistered in several European Benedictine monasteries, studying and taking no vows. She is an outspoken critic of corruption within the highest ranks of Vatican leadership. Her Italian godmother, Abbess Ildegarde Ghinassi, led the Monache Camaldolesi (Benedictine nuns) in Rome for 45 years until her death in 1993.
At Columbia, Alice studied painting with artists Tim Gardner, Richard Phillips, and Elizabeth Peyton. Her graduate-level research into the work of Leonardo da Vinci was for James Beck, who studied under famed German art historian Rudolf Wittkower. Alice: "University administrators were furious. Beck's seminar was among the most advanced coursework offered, and I was a freshman. Beck allowed me to take his class and gave me an A grade; I was the only student who could read Leonardo's High Renaissance notebooks in the original Italian and Latin script."
Alice's long-standing research leader at JPL is senior scientist Glenn Orton--in the atmospheres of giant planets. She was the first to find and document evidence for the existence of a vortex street configuration in the atmosphere of Jupiter, at the time thought to be impossible, but proposed by Phillip Marcus at Berkeley.
Alice is the founder of Guerra Earth, a media initiative designed to deliver comprehensive understanding of science topics to the public, explained in non-technical language.
ACTIVISM: Service includes Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, Rome, Italy. Groundwork for a child rights student organization at Columbia University and work as rapporteur for University Seminar Chair Roy Lee (Executive Secretary to the International Criminal Court Conference). Participation in the 2005/6 United Nations Draft Reforms. Efforts against bigotry, age and gender bias in academia at Columbia University.
MEMBERSHIP: Daughters of the American Revolution.
Alison Winfield Burns (aka Alice)
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