Saturday, July 17th

Session 1 - Science Communication for the Public Good9:0011:30 am PDT / 12:002:30 pm EDT, on Crowdcast.

Section of the 6K image mosaic that conformed the traveling exhibit of the Science, Art and Trash project in 2019.  Aguilera and @sciartrash participants

Galaxies & Garbage: Data visualization, A Social Commentary 
Dr. Julieta Aguilera

The project presented seeks to make a hidden aspect of reality visible: plastic disposables. The author has lived in the same neighborhood for over 20 years, picking up litter from her front yard, along with almost all her neighbors. Yet the question of behavior change in terms of avoiding disposables has remained hidden in the act of putting litter away without knowing how much is really out there. Enter citizen science data collection and classification projects which may allow neighbors to see what others have found and, in doing so, appreciate the extent of the pollution while emphasizing why data agency is important for decision making. To amplify visibility, photographs of pieces of litter being picked up were compiled into an array and then digitally overexposed into an image of a historical postcard as a mosaic. From a distance, the postcard can be discerned, but up close, it is each piece of litter that can be clearly recognized, inviting viewers to reflect on the amount of trash that adds to its resolution. Several local businesses on the village’s main street participated in a mini traveling exhibit, hosting the image at different locations during the Summer and Fall of 2019.

(Image: Section of the 6K image mosaic that conformed the traveling exhibit of the Science, Art and Trash project in 2019. Aguilera and @sciartrash participants) 


Acid Mine Pollution near Oreton Ohio  © Ohio University Ben SiegelPollution to Paint; Art Connections and Possible Solutions for a More Sustainable Future
John Sabraw, Ohio University

While our harnessing of nature to produce energy is a wondrous feat of ingenuity and engineering, for Sabraw it’s also emblematic of our consumption and hubris. The connections created by this production form a hidden network most people have no idea exists, yet each of us has a part in its formation. Often the only visible evidence is pollution in our waterways and biodiversity decline. This talk will explore the topographies of these connections and possible solutions for a more sustainable future and the critical role artists play their success.

(Image: Acid Mine Pollution near Oreton Ohio. © Ohio University Ben Siegel )



Visualizing the Unknown: Encoding Data for Impact  Periscopic

The Unknown: Encoding Data for Impact
Dino Citraro, Wes Bernegger, Rik Ghosh, and Teiler Kwan of Periscopic

Data visualization is not a lump category for graph-making, nor a catch-all phrase for visually intuiting data. This talk will explore the rich complexity of interactive data visualization and emphasize the importance of identifying appropriate communication strategies to reveal insights and create impact.

Dino will be joined by Periscopic's Data Director, Lead Designer, and Director of Operations to co-present, Wes Bernegger, Rik Ghosh, and Teiler Kwan.

(Image: Visualizing the Unknown: Encoding Data for Impact. Periscopic)


Session 2 - Communicating Complex Topics to a Broad Audience: 12:002:15 pm PDT / 3:005:15 pm EDT, on Crowdcast. 

Snippet from a JKX Comics publication titled "Gilbert's Switch Glitch". The ribosome "Ribo" explaining how proteins communicate in cells.  Artwork by Kelly Montgomery, 2020.Scientific Comic Books: Sci Comm's Next Frontier
Kelly Montgomery, Dr. Jaye Gardiner, Dr. Khoa Tran, JKX Comics 

Storytelling is an essential feature of scientific communication that often gets suppressed in favor of technical detail. Part of the goal of JKX Comics is to emphasize the narratives rooted in scientific research to engage broader populations and encourage others to participate in the scientific process. Using visual and printed storytelling, JKX Comics crafts charming stories that simultaneously captivate and educate readers, thrusting non-scientists into an immersive scientific experience. Here, the JKX co-founders will share their creative process of creating a science comic book – moving from technical research to a reader-friendly narrative.

(Image: Snippet from a JKX Comics publication titled "Gilbert's Switch Glitch". Artwork by Kelly Montgomery, 2020)


Illustrating the Invisiblethree ways to depict a protein
Ever Salazar, MinuteEarth

Effective and engaging science communication is one of the most important goals for every scientific illustrator, and it can get really challenging when we need to illustrate the molecular world. Since there’s a limit to what we can see (with our naked eyes or even with our most advanced microscopes), science illustrators often rely on visual metaphors to picture the molecular world. Some of these metaphors have become common language among scientists and the general public; and while they can be simple and iconic, they can obscure essential aspects of the thing they’re trying to portray. For example, the widespread Y-shaped diagram of an antibody does not communicate that an antibody is a molecule! And that seems wrong. This short presentation will discuss this problem and some possible solutions. 

(Image: Three ways to depict a protein. Ever Salazar | MinuteEarth)

Project 200 logo featuring 3 iconic prairie plants: Fringed Gentian (Gentiana crinita), Eastern White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), Royal Catchfly (Silene regia). ©Heeyoung Kim  @Heeyoung Kim 2021. Watercolor on paper.

Botanical Documentation of Prairies and Woods: Project 200
Heeyoung Kim, Heeyoung Kim Botanical Art Academy

When she was first introduced to the botanical art form in her mid-forties, Heeyoung Kim’s mind was set to one goal, painting wildflowers. With educating the public about native plants and nature conservation in mind, she has embarked on a lifelong undertaking, Project 200, to document native Midwestern plants at risk, before it’s too late. In this presentation, Kim will talk about Project 200, share her drawing/painting progress, and her approach to working on complicated composition with the plant life cycle along with brief demonstrations with her favorite medium: watercolor.

(Image: Project 200 logo featuring 3 iconic prairie plants: Fringed Gentian (Gentiana crinita), Eastern White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), Royal Catchfly (Silene regia). ©Heeyoung Kim 2021. Watercolor on paper)


Session 3 - Evening Social & Technique Sharing: 4:007:00 pm PDT / 7:0010:00 pm EDT, on Remo.



Session 4 - Panel discussion: Career Pathways in Science Visualization: 9:0010:40 am PDT / 12:001:40 pm EDT, on Crowdcast.

For Ben Smith's panel presentationBen Smith, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

For more than 70 years, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has provided significant contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis. APL scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space. APL also maintains independent research and development programs that pioneer and explore emerging technologies and concepts to address future national priorities. 




Clifford-Johnson-DialoguesClifford Johnson, University of Southern California

Clifford V. Johnson is a theoretical physicist passionate about sharing science with the public. He wanted to write a book about physics to a lay audience, but he felt that words on a printed page did not fully convey the dynamic, collaborative nature of fundamental research. What if, he wondered, you could represent multiple voices and points of view? What if one could make the reader feel immersed in scientific discourse, rather than reading the words of an expert sharing a single perspective? He wanted to write a book that would give readers a fly-on-the-wall experience of exploring the ideas themselves, a key process of fundamental science. Johnson realized that graphic novels are the unique narrative medium he was searching for. Through the written word and compelling visuals, graphic novels can immerse the reader in a world of ideas and sensations. This realization led Johnson to write and draw The Dialogues: Conversations About the Nature of the Universe (MIT Press), which allows readers to eavesdrop on a series of dialogues, set in locations around the world, about cutting-edge scientific topics. In his talk, Johnson will discuss the process of turning complex scientific topics into compelling visual narratives.

(Image: Cover image of the graphic non-fiction book 'The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe' by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press)) 

Unraveling, 2020  Animation created with SARS-CoV-2 protein using molecular visualization software  Laura Splan

Kelsa Trom, NEW INC

This presentation will explore how the New Museum's incubator instills a spirit of growth, resilience, and empowerment for artists, designers, and technologists.

(Image: Unraveling, 2020 Animation created with SARS-CoV-2 protein. Laura Splan)


First Stars. This illustration created for the National Science Foundation shows what the universe’s first massive, blue stars may have looked like. They're shown embedded in gaseous filaments, with the cosmic microwave background just visible in the background. This illustration accompanies an animation on the same subject.  2018, Nicolle R. Fuller, NSF

Nicolle R. Fuller, Sayo-Art LLC

This past year I've found myself with more time for self-reflection, AND to do market research. Finally, with hard-numbers of competitors' pricing, I realized that I had been severely under-charging for animation. To do it efficiently, I need a team... and the good news is that I can afford it if I'm charging market rates! So despite my profits currently on track to be 50% less than past years, I'm committed to growing my 1-woman-shop into an agency. I've used this past year to re-focus my business and marketing, and recruit an incredible team to complement my skills.

 (Image: First Stars. 2018, Nicolle R. Fuller, NSF)



Session 5 - Science Communication Resources: 10:5012:00 pm PDT / 1:50–3:00 pm EDT, on Crowdcast.

Using appropriate visual cues to enhance visual literacy. Alice Kitterman, Blender and Adobe Illustrator, 2019.  ©2021 A. KittermanVisual “breadcrumbs” for visual literacy
Alice Kitterman, National Science Foundation

During the four years Alice worked at AAAS/Science, she subconsciously developed a "checklist" for enhancing the visual literacy in her work, that was grounded in the style guidelines and overall branding vision set forth by the Visuals team at Science. In this presentation, she shares these "life hacks" that she employed to each of the over 160 illustrations she created annually.

(Image: Using appropriate visual cues to enhance visual literacy. Alice Kitterman, Blender and Adobe Illustrator, 2019. ©2021 A. Kitterman)



Render of a rat's neck vertebrae made with ZBrush.  2021, Mieke Roth

3D modeling animal anatomy
Mieke Roth
Modeling accurate animal anatomy means you need to get your hands dirty. In this presentation, Mieke will show you part of her workflow by showing how she made a model of a rat neck, including vertebrae and the surrounding tissue. The workshop will demonstrate the creation process from dissection to photogrammetry, modeling in Zbrush, getting it out in Blender, exporting to Sketchfab, and finally making an application from it. 
Mieke will give her thoughts about the process, what accurate visualization means, and future applications of 3-D models.
(Image: Some renders of the neck vertebrae of the rat made with ZBrush. 2021, Mieke Roth) 


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