Julieta C AguileraJulieta C Aguilera

Galaxies & Garbage: Data visualization: A Social Commentary 

Dr. Aguilera studied Design and holds two Masters of Fine Arts: in design and in electronic visualization with an emphasis on Virtual Reality and shared spaces. Because of these research interests, Julieta worked at the Adler Planetarium’s Space Visualization Laboratory alongside Adler astrophysicists, educators, and astrophysicists from local Universities, becoming its Associate Director, handling presentations on how scientific visualization and immersive media are used to advance science. She has taught Design, Graphical Interfaces, Immersive Environments and Scientific Visualization, and completed her Doctoral dissertation with the Planetary Collegium at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom while working at the University of Hawai’i in Hilo, hosted by the ‘Imiloa Planetarium. Julieta sits in the Board of Directors of IMERSA and works on data and environment advocacy projects. 

(Image: ©2018 Lance Long) 


Dino Citaro (Periscopic)Dino Citraro

The Unknown: Encoding Data for Impact

Dino is a co-founder and CEO of Periscopic, an industry-leading socially responsible data visualization firm whose tagline is “Do good with data.” Their human-centered approach to data over the last 17 years has helped transform the field of interactive data. In 2018, their body of work was selected for inclusion in the US Library of Congress. 
Dino has a strong background in problem solving, direction, and writing. He is a twenty-five year veteran of the multimedia industry, his work has spanned immersive online development, application design, interactive motion pictures, multiplayer games, and interactive hardware installations. 



Amanda DeGraceAmanda DeGrace

Illustrator's Guide to Grants: Workshop Edition

Amanda DeGrace is an urban planner based in Providence, RI, and has served over 15 years in the non-profit and public sector. With a deep faith in community investment, she loves to make the case for long-term funding and sustainable partnerships. She has successfully fundraised for a range of campaigns in her native New Bedford, MA including arts programs, social services, and the restoration of historic landmarks that were rescued to become housing and community venues. By night, she earned her M.S. in Urban Planning & Community Development from UMASS Boston. As a new member of GNSI, she attends classes at RISD CE toward a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration with an interest in infographics that will highlight grassroots-led initiatives.



Nicole R. FullerNicolle R. Fuller

Panel Discussion: Career Pathways in Science Visualization

Nicolle R. Fuller's passion is kindling curiosity and furthering understanding of science with art. For 18 years she has focused on creating compelling art that invites visual exploration of science and technology—new medical therapies, environmental issues, and emerging knowledge about our universe. Now, she's using this experience and expertise to morph from an "I" into a "we", to become a full science communication agency to create world-class animation and illustration. 

(Image: 2020, Nicolle R. Fuller)


Brandon HoltBrandon Holt 

Intro to ZBrush Workshop

Brandon Holt is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, he achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University and his Master of Science in Medical Illustration from Augusta University. He currently serves as faculty in the Anatomical Sciences Department at St. George’s University School of Medicine where he facilitates within the gross human anatomy wet lab teaching first-year medical students. Brandon serves as a mentor to our fellowship within the Center for BioMedical Visualization and thrives within the realm of 3D. He creates animations, illustrations, and 3D printed models for research publications using medical references and diagnostic imaging data.

(Image: ©2019, Wes Price)


Clifford JohnsonClifford Johnson 

Panel Discussion: Career Pathways in Science Visualization

Clifford V. Johnson’s work in science ranges from teaching and research into black holes, particle physics, string theory, and cosmology, to public outreach where he strives to put science back into the general culture. He helps artists, writers, and filmmakers incorporate science into their work, and appears on several TV and online shows. He has been a science advisor for many TV shows and movies, including Nat Geo’s Genius (featuring Einstein), Marvel’s Agent Carter, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, Palm Springs, and more. He also wrote and illustrated the non-fiction graphic book “The Dialogues: Conversations about the nature of the Universe” (MIT Press).  

(Image: (c) 2020 by Mike Glier, USC Dornsife)


Heeyoung KimHeeyoung Kim

Botanical Documentation of Prairies and Woods: Project 200

Known as a wildflower painter, Heeyoung Kim documents native plants of prairies and woodlands of the Midwestern USA. Her works are identifiable by the precise depiction of the botanical aspects of the plant species in unique compositions. She won the RHS gold medal, Best in Show of HSNY (Horticultural Society of New York) / ASBA (American Society of Botanical Artists), and Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art by ASBA, among others. Three of her watercolors are included in the collection of the Prince of Wales, Transylvania Florilegium. Kim is the founder of Heeyoung Kim Botanical Art Academy at Brushwood Center, Riverwoods, IL. She works in watercolor, crow quill pen and ink, and graphite pencil.
(Image: ©Heeyoung Kim 2021) 



Alice KittermanAlice Kitterman

Visual “Breadcrumbs” for Visual Literacy

Alice was fascinated with storytelling early on in life. She was constantly writing stories and illustrating them. In graduate school, she was introduced to storyboarding, having never known until then that creating roadmaps for television and movies could be a career. 

Prior to joining the Office of Legislative & Public Affairs at the National Science Foundation as a scientific illustrator, Alice was a scientific illustrator at the AAAS/Science family of journals. During this time, her visual literacy skills were greatly enhanced. Now much more aware of these principles, she sees every visual as a story and strives to instill in each graphic as many visual cues to make the story more clear at a glance. 
(Image: ©2017, AAAS/Science) 



Kelly MontgomeryKelly Montgomery, Dr. Jaye Gardiner, and Dr. Khoa Tran

Scientific Comic Books: Sci Comm's Next Frontier

Kelly Montgomery, Dr. Jaye Gardiner, and Dr. Khoa Tran are the co-founders of JKX Comics. Their blossoming organization ensures the accessibility of basic science research and other STEM disciplines using comics books as a supplementary learning tool. As practicing research scientists and self-taught illustrators, they use their unique skillsets to design and illustrate scientific narratives packaged in comic books for diverse audiences, focusing on providing learning material for grade school-aged children and their families.

(Image: 2019, Hallie Funk)


Scott RawlinsScott Rawlins

Dry Media for Field Sketching Workshop

Scott Rawlins is a scientific illustrator, naturalist, and museum educator who has taught scientific illustration at Arcadia University since 1994. He holds degrees from Earlham College (biology), the George Washington University (museum education), and the University of Michigan (medical & biological illustration). Scott has traveled to five continents collecting specimens to draw and study. He has served on the board of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Scott’s illustrations have appeared in numerous books, such as Your Inner Fish and Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Journals that have published his illustrations include Acta Zoologica, Records of the Australian Museum, Harvard’s Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Geobios, and Zootaxa

(Image: 2013, W.S. Rawlins)


Mieke RothMieke Roth

3D Modeling Animal Anatomy

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Mieke lives with her son, a toy poodle named Rose, some chickens, and a Greek tortoise in Lelystad, the Netherlands. Since she could hold a pencil, she drew animals. As a kid, Mieke wanted to become a veterinarian. During a break between grades in high school, Mieke did a six-month internship with a veterinarian. Experiencing the veterinarian’s jealousy towards the rich farmers in the village, Mieke decided to pursue animal science instead. 
She has worked as a scientific visualizer since 2004. 
Mieke specializes in 3-D modeling animal anatomy and prefers to do the research herself. Her biggest projects to date include the lab rat and the one-rowed octopus, Eledone cirrhosa.

(Image: 2020, Mieke Roth)


John SabrawJohn Sabraw

Pollution to Paint; Art Connections and Possible Solutions for a More Sustainable Future

An activist and environmentalist, John Sabraw’s paintings, drawings, and collaborative installations are produced in an eco-conscious manner, and he continually works toward a fully sustainable practice. He collaborates with scientists on many projects, and one of his current collaborations involves creating paint and paintings from iron oxide extracted in the process of remediating polluted streams. 
Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, Bank of America, and Accenture Corp. 
Sabraw is a Professor of Art at Ohio University where he chairs the Painting + Drawing Program, and Board Advisor at Scribble Art Workshop in New York. He has most recently been featured in TED, Smithsonian, New Scientist, London, and Great big Stories.
(Image: By the artist) 


Ever SalazarEver Salazar

Illustrating the Invisible

MinuteEarth is a team made up of scientists, writers, and illustrators working together to foster a love for science and better stewardship of our planet through short and engaging illustrated science videos.  





Mesa SchumacherMesa Schumacher

The Business of Science Art Workshop

Mesa Schumacher has worked as a scientific illustrator for 15 years - since launching a freelance business from her college dorm room. She started her career working on archaeological sites drawing finds and illustrating reconstructions, and from there, expanded to work in general science, medical, and information visuals. 
In 2015 she earned a Masters in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and launched Mesa Studios, her full-service art, and animation company. 
Mesa's work can be found on the pages of National Geographic and Scientific American, in medical and surgical textbooks, on signs in the National Zoo and Aquarium, in many academic publications, and most recently in a series of anatomy puzzles. 
Mesa is passionate about clear communication of science. 

(Image: Mariya Khan, 2014)


Ben SmithBen Smith

Panel discussion: Career Pathways in Science Visualization

Ben Smith is a scientific illustrator at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He attended Arcadia University in Philadelphia where he received a degree in scientific illustration. Ben worked as a medical illustrator for the American Heart Association before joining the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. 



Kelsa TromKelsa Trom

Panel discussion: Career Pathways in Science Visualization

Kelsa Trom is Associate Director of Programs at NEW INC, the New Museum's incubator for projects in art, tech, and design, where she helps multidisciplinary teams sustain their lives through their creative work. Her background spans service design, digital products, communications, education, strategy, and research with a focus on driving social change through art and design. 

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