Post by Q Quallen
This image was intended as a crossover between a public service announcement and a scientific comedy. The target audience was the local Laramie public, specifically those involved with public lands.
Given this context, I believe I did fairly well in achieving my goal, particularly in the area of raising awareness. Knowing the Laramie public, however, who are typically looking for ways to take action, I feel I could have done a better job informing them as to how and why chipmunks matter in the local ecosystem.
Post by Alexis Lester
This is the first image I created for this class, and it remains my favorite. I wanted to make a stand alone image that people could read and understand, without a science background and without me standing next to them and defining every single image and term.
Post by Benjamin Robb
The proximate goal here was to make a collage framework similar to a visual essay on the pudding.cool site; a vertical oriented essay with a column for visuals and a column for captions.
The ultimate goal is to help show why we study pronghorn migrations and how roads affect these movements.
Hello artists and scientists alike!
Mel Torres here – you may recognize me as the PhD student studying amphibians as part of the Art of Science Communication course blog last year. I’m glad to be back, and I’m blogging on a whole new subject (…well, sort of! #AlwaysAmphibians). I’m currently taking Visualizing Science at UWyo, and I cannot express how excited I am to learn about incorporating artwork into my science. As an amateur artist in my younger days, I’m enthusiastic for the opportunity to show off the two things that I enjoy; drawing and disseminating scientific research to you!
UW Student Scientists Connect Individual Research with Local Murals
Press release - January 25, 2018 - read release below or view release on UWyo News.
Scientists have long appreciated the arts and used art forms in their practice. And, even though scientists strive for objectivity, they bring their own perspectives and preconceptions to public art, according to a University of Wyoming research scientist.
UW graduate students enrolled in last fall semester’s science communication class, “The Art of Science Communication,” did just that.
Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, a UW doctoral student, who studies birds, stands with artist Talal Cockar’s “Tierra y Libertad” mural in downtown Laramie. Albrecht-Mallinger, through a science communication class assignment, developed a 60-second audio guide relating the feeding behavior of the birds he studies to the mural’s depiction of cultivation and abundance. (Doug Eddy Photo)
Doctoral candidates -- specializing in topics ranging from soil science, birds and bees to black holes, frogs and trees -- were tasked with selecting pieces from the seven downtown murals in the Laramie Mural Project and connecting them to their research, says Bethann Garramon Merkle, an associate research scientist with the Wyoming Migration Initiative on the UW campus.
Garramon Merkle, the class’s lead instructor, says, by researching, writing and recording audio guides for a selection of public artworks in downtown Laramie, the students learned how to take their research “beyond science, connecting it with something integral to the Laramie community -- our murals.”
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