Talk: Felice C. Frankel, MIT

More Than Pretty Pictures Graphics, images and figures — visual representations of scientific data and concepts — are critical components of science and engineering research. They communicate in ways that words cannot. They can clarify or strengthen an argument and spur interest into the research process. But it is important to remember that a visual representation of a scientific concept or data is a re-presentation and not the thing itself –– some interpretation or translation is always involved. Just as writing a journal article, one must carefully plan what to “say,” and in what order to “say it.” The process of making a visual representation requires you to clarify your thinking and improve your ability to communicate with others. This talk will address various aspects of creating depictions in science and engineering and will make the case that the process should be included in the curriculum. Included will be a discussion about how far can we go when “enhancing” science images. Bio: Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with additional support from Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Guggenheim Fellow, and was a Senior Research Fellow in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Systems Biology. She most recently developed and instructed the first online MOOC addressing science and engineering photography, “Making Science and Engineering...