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Visualize This

Science Pub RVA

Can you imagine learning about or discussing scientific ideas without visuals? From peer-reviewed journals to educational videos for kids, images are essential to our understanding and discussing concepts and facts. At the next Science Pub on October 30th, hear some of the ways researchers use imagery to explore, examine, and explain their work. Join other curious minds for “Visualize This” an evening of informal talks from an artist, a physicist, an ecologist, a nuclear engineer, and a paleoclimatologist.

Want to broadcast your science enthusiasm?
Be part of Science Pub’s annual Dry T-Shirt contest during the pre-program social hour. Wear something “sciencey”--be judged, AND absolutely appreciated!

What To Expect
A 1.75 hour program involving, five informal talks varying in length from 5 to 10 minutes, Q&A discussions and an intermission.

Topics And Thinkers On Tap

Utility and Humanity in the Art of our Nature
An artist paints a picture of the science-driven visualization landscape including anatomical portrayals, animation, and fine art.

Thinker: Sarah Faris
Assistant Professor, VCU Department of Communication Arts
Principal and Owner, SciMed Studios

Faris is an award-winning Board Certified Medical Illustrator who heads the Scientific and Preparatory Medical Illustration track at VCU. Her research includes the professional practice of medical illustration created for education, litigation and editorials. Clients include doctors and health professionals, textbook publishers, non-profit organizations and attorneys. She earned a B.F.A. at VCU and her M.A. at Johns Hopkins University.

Making Models
A PhD student gives us a glimpse inside a nuclear reactor and the challenge of making accurate predictions.

Thinker: Sarah Morgan
PhD student, VCU’s Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department

Morgan’s research relates to modeling thermal hydraulic phenomena in sodium fast reactors. Before returning to grad school, she worked as a nuclear refueling engineer for the Navy at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Sarah has a B.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Growing Up in the Anthropocene
A geologist explores the human impact on the Earth system using data from ice cores to McDonald's stores.

Thinker: Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D.
Climate and earth scientist with the Science Museum of Virginia

Hoffman focuses on making data accessible to the public through unique visualizations, exhibit spaces, and educational multimedia productions. He regularly engages with audiences of all ages and background to explore climate change and how it works on multiple timescales from human (decades) to geologic (millions of years). He earned his B.S. at Augustana College and his Ph.D. in geology from Oregon State University.  Dr. Hoffman is @Jer_Science on Twitter and Instagram.

Crassostrea Virginica in 3D: The Fate of Phytoplankton
An ecologist shares how The Nature Conservancy and other organizations use cool scientific tools to transform 2-D maps into 3-D construction projects to improve the health of the Bay.

Thinker: Andy Lacatell
Virginia Chesapeake Bay Director with The Nature Conservancy

Lacatell has been working in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia and has been involved in the protection of over 30,000 acres of priority conservation lands and the construction of 50 acres of oyster reefs in the Piankatank. Andy has a BA in Sociology from the University of Richmond and two master’s degrees from VCU.

How Lasers Can Help Solve Sex Crimes
A physicist explains the technology developed by the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics and shows us how the VCU Physics and Forensic departments are using optical tweezers to separate sperm cells in forensic sex assault samples.

Thinker: Joseph Reiner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Experimental biophysics, Experimental nanoscience at VCU

Reiner’s research focuses on the development and applications of single molecule measurements. Interests include nanopore-sensing, optical tweezers, and correlation spectroscopy. Recent efforts have focused on water-soluble nanoclusters, polymer analysis, and laser-based heating of the nanopore sensing environment. Dr. Reiner earned his B.A. at Rochester, Institute of Technology, his M.A. and Ph.D. at University of NY Stony Brook.

Where And When
The Hof Garden • 2818 West Broad Street (the search for parking in Scott's Addition can be an adventure -- Plan your GRTC bus trip)

5:45 p.m.:  Doors open -- Arrive anytime between 5:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A mix of theater-style and table-side seating will be available on a first-come basis. No registration needed. Room for 150 curious citizens 21 & up.
6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Dry T-Shirt Contest
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: 30 minute Break
7:00 p.m.:  Program Starts
8:00 p.m. (ish):  8 minute Break
8:45 p.m.:  Program Concludes

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What is Science Pub RVA?
Science Pub RVA is a program of the Community Idea Stations’ award-winning Science Matters initiative.

This event is made possible with support of members like you and with underwriting support of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan. Begin or renew your membership today or contact Cynthia Gibbs about Science Pub sponsorship opportunities beginning at $500.

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