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Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit

9 May 2013 — Presenting at Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit in Boston, MA.

Conference description: On May 8 we will have multiple tracks of phenomenal talks speaking to disruptive technologies and thinking in the areas of Next Gen Sequencing, In Vivo Imaging, Targeted Small Molecules, Tissue and Cellular Imaging, and Proteins and Biologics. On May 9 the summit will continue, but we will also offer workshop sessions focused on Informatics, Epigentics, Cellular and Tissue Imaging, Next Generation Sequencing, In Vivo Imaging and Biotherapeutics and product demonstrations.

Guest Lecture at Whitehead

8 April 2013 — Guest lecture for Scientific Communication taught by Susan Lindquist and Leslie Ann Roldan at MIT/Whitehead.


Story Telling with Pictures in Science

25 January 2013 — Seminar lecture at MIT on “Story Telling with Pictures in Science.”

This presentation is part of the BE Write lecture series to kick off a new scientific writing program at MIT led by Eric Alm. The introductory lectures include George Whitesides’ Organizing Your Ideas: The Outlining Process for a Scientific Paper and John Essigman’s Writing to Get Jobs, to Get into Schools and to Get Funding.”>George Whitesides’ “Organizing Your Ideas: The Outlining Process for a Scientific Paper and John Essigman’s Writing to Get Jobs, to Get into Schools and to Get Funding.

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American Society for Cell Biology

17 December 2012 — Presenting ‘From Histograms to Animations: Effective Visualization Makes Complex Data Clear’ at ASCB 2012 with Janet Iwasa and Graham Johnson.

Visualization enhances our ability to process, understand and communicate scientific information. In cell biology and other disciplines, graphical representations of data span a wide range from conventional plotting techniques to innovative animations of molecular and cellular processes. This working group will focus on concepts and techniques that will help researchers create effective visual communications in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) space. Bang Wong, author of the Points of View column in Nature Methods will highlight a short list of pitfalls and solutions from his work in the journal. Janet Iwasa and Graham Johnson will demonstrate how 3D animation software and available resources can be used to create molecular–cellular models, animations and simulations. The group will also consider strategies to visually encode data that is not inherently spatial and ways to represent high-dimensional data on a 2D plane.

Science for the Public

11 December 2012 — Presenting See What I Mean? Visualizing in Science.

Description by SFTP: We depend on visual representation for science concepts and data to make this kind of information more comprehensible. illustrations, graphs, 3-D forms, cartoons. Science illustration is art in the service of science. The experts who do that visual translating are essential to scientific communication. One of the best in the field is Bang Wong, Creative Director at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

DNAtrium, the interactive display that makes the the human genome and other Broad Institute research accessible and engaging. His creative DataStream in front of the Broad is an irresistible attraction to Kendall Square pedestrians. A leading innovator in the illustration of biological and medical phenomena, entities and information, Bang Wong routinely makes very difficult material accessible. His work is everywhere: On display at the Broad, and on Nova, and in major professional journals. In his December 11 lecture, he discusses the importance of science illustration and the great possibilities for all sorts of visualization made available by new technologies.

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NIH LINCS Consortium Meeting

2012.11.16 — Presenting at NIH LINCS Consortium Meeting with Stephen Schurer on ‘Missing Tools & Visualization Challenges.’

A New Multidisciplinary Approach to Data Understanding

2012.11.07 — Radcliffe workshop on “A New Multidisciplinary Approach to Data Understanding: Integrating Human and Computational Approaches”

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

11 October 2012 — Presenting Gallery Talk with David Weinberg and Lois Hetland at Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. A program for Josiah McElheny’s Some Pictures of the Infinite.

David Weinberg—collaborator on Josiah McElheny’s riveting Island Universe and other works—joins Bang Wong and Lois Hetland, author of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, in a discussion that explores the challenges of creating visual representations of scientific knowledge. The exchange of ideas offers a glimpse into how scientists visualize data for public consumption, and identifies similarities practiced by visual artists.

• David Weinberg, Professof of Astronomy, Ohio State University
• Bang Wong, Creative Director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University
• Lois Hetland, Professor of Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Guest lecture at MIT

15 October 2012 — Guest lecture with Alex Fiorentino for STS034 Science Communication at MIT.

About the course: Scientists and engineers need to be able to communicate about their work – to funders, to policy-makers, to journalists, to relatives and friends, and, of course, to each other. Today, more than ever, people with scientific expertise who can convey complicated ideas to a wide variety of audiences are in high demand! Indeed, the ability to communicate clearly and engagingly with the public has been critical to the success of many of the world’s most respected scientists and engineers.

Danish Royal Academy of Science and Letters, Copenhagen

26 September 2012 — Presenting at You Need to See This: Pushing the Boundaries of Scientific Visualization in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Scientific visualizations are essential for the processes involved in generating and presenting scientific data. A glance at the most influential scientific journals today immediately shows how fundamentally important scientific visualizations are. Traditionally, art and illustration have played a key role in making scientific graphics. The field of data visualization has vastly grown with computer science, animation and graphic software, advanced art techniques, and information design. New technologies give us far more sophisticated tools to handle graphic design and data analysis.

The symposium explores how connections between art, design and science inspire and advance research, innovation and working processes in scientific data visualization. Speakers will share ideas for and processes of their work in visualization across disciplines. Talks and discussions will address how visual ideas and intentions are transformed by the use of different tools and technologies, how to meet the challenges of cross-discipline collaborations, how to gain and apply inspiration through multidisciplinary processes, and how these processes can enrich both the practice of science and art. The goal of the symposium is to establish best practices for the community to create, perceive and understand visualizations.

• David Goodsell The Scripps Research Institute
• Colin Ware Data Visualization Research Lab, University of New Hampshire
• Alessia Giardino Thread Count Lab
• Nik Spencer Nature
• Amanda Cox New York Times
• Victoria Vesna Art Sci Center, UCLA
• Gaël McGill Digizyme & Harvard Medical School
• Poul Nissen PUMPKIN, Aarhus University
• Søren Brunak Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark
• Bang Wong Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
• Niels Christian Nielsen Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University