Communicating Science Visually

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 7:00pm
Bang Wong
Bang Wong

Images play a critical role in the advancement of science. Throughout history, there has been a rich tradition of capturing the natural world through drawings to document and understand biology. Illustrations continue to be the mainstay of science communication. Visual representation of information is an important instrument of science. With the massive amounts of data researchers are able to generate today, they rely on visualization for analysis and to gain insights into the domain under study. Designing effective visuals requires catering to the audience and including the right level of detail. This is true whether the purpose of the visual representation is for communication to the public at large or for researchers to explore data.

This joint meeting of the GBC/ACM, Boston Chapters of the IEEE Computer and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Societies and the MIT biological engineering and biomedical engineering student group (BE-BMES) will be held in the Broad Institute Auditorium (MIT building NE-30). The Broad Institute is on Main St between Vassar and Ames streets.

You can see it on a map at this location. The auditorium is on the ground floor near the entrance.

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. His work focuses on communicating science visually in the areas of scientific graphics, data visualization, and art and design. He received a Masters degree in Immunology and a Masters degree in Medical and Scientific Illustrations both from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.