On Travis’ suggestion I attended the Auraria Library Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RCAS) research poster workshop today. The workshop was titled “Creating a Professional Poster” and was aimed at undergraduate research students who would be attending the RCAS or the Undergraduate Research Conference poster sessions.
After lots of passing e-mails back and forth I was finally able to meet with my Subject Matter Expert, Danny O’Reilly, in person at Visual Health Solutions, in Ft. Collins. Danny, the Art Director of Animation, was able to provide a lot of good feedback and suggestions for the development of my thesis.
- A good amount of progress has been made and the topic is interesting.
- The motion graphic piece needs a stronger ending. Talk about what the workshop will do for them.
- Consider self-esteem as a major factor in motivating people. How can this be used in my workshop?
- Have designers also look at the Experiment case-studies (in addition the the scientists) to see if they can also guess which ones were funded correctly. This will test if designers have an eye for projects that might be funded successfully more so than scientists (or not?!)
- The process book in progress: the type is too big and too crowded. Test print everything!
Last year, I had a chance to speak at TEDxQueensu . My basic premise is this: Science is awesome, but science needs to do a better job of communicating that awesomeness to non-scientists. We’re sitting on the frontiers of human knowledge, and yet we cannot get others as excited about this issue that we’re very, very passionate about.
Experiment (formally Microryza) has had its first crowd-funded project peer-reviewed. This is great news in the fight for the acceptance of crowd-funded research within the traditional/established scientific peer review system.
“Professor Dan Jaffe at the University of Washington has announced that they’ve published the results of their funded study in a peer-reviewed journal. Over 271 people came together to enable the research at $20,529.”
I really like the aesthetics of Patrick Clair’s work. It might be a bit to stylish for the scientist audience, but I think the animations are very engaging, and it delivers a LOT of information in a easy to understand story. The Data visualizations are great. He also did “How Green is your Internet“.