Guest Speakers: Miriah Meyer and Bang Wong – Visual Representation of Science for Communication and Research

We are very happy to announce Miriah Meyer and Bang Wong as our next guest speakers. They will give a joint talk about visual representation of science for communication and research. Miriah and Bang have initiated the Data Visualization Initiative at the Broad Institute.

WHEN: June 7th, 14h00 (since we will have two speakers this talk will run slightly longer than usual)

WHERE: M203 (the function room next to Murray’s restaurant), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton

TITLE: Visual Representation of Science for Communication and Research

ABSTRACT: Images continue to play a critical role in the advancement of science. Designing effective visuals require catering to the audience and including the right level of detail. This is true whether the purpose of the visual representation is for communicating to the public at large or for researchers to explore their data. In this continuum, there are shared design principles and specialized processes of work. In our talk we will present examples that span the continuum, from scientific graphics for communication to interactive visualization tools for research, and discuss the methodologies that we use in designing visual representations.

Miriah Meyer

ABOUT: Miriah Meyer is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and an affiliated researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her research focuses on the synergistic relationship of visualization and interaction for enabling discovery from large, multidimensional data. She obtained her bachelors degree in astronomy at Penn State University, and earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah. Miriah has published her work in visualization journals, and she has written science stories for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. She is a recipient of the NSF Computing Innovations Fellows award for her current work on collaboratively designing visualization tools for biological data.

Bang Wong

Bang Wong is the Creative Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and Principal of ClearScience, a design firm specializing in the visual communication of science. His work focuses on communicating science visually in the areas of scientific graphics, data visualization, and art and design.

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