Science & Society: Negotiating the Communication Gap

The relationship between science and society is impressively intricate. The process of science builds knowledge about the universe, which allows society to solve practical problems and make informed decisions – both individually and collectively. Similarly, the interests and needs of society influence scientists, who often focus their work towards topics that will serve the greater […]

Visualizing St. Petersburg

Visualizing St. Petersburg: Documentary Filmmaking Abroad The documentary filmmaking process requires a tremendous amount of patience, discipline, creativity, and flexibility. You need to deal with people, but know how to troubleshoot technology; you must be organized, but open to spontaneity; you should be prepared for everything, but comfortable working in the unknown. For the eight […]

A Case for a Teaching Filmmaker-in-Residence

Visual communication is a powerful tool and an increasingly essential skill for all students, especially students of science. Clear communication leads to an informed public, which drives public policy and the formation of grass roots initiatives. It’s of vital importance to the advancement of our society that the knowledge of our leading science experts is […]

Camera Lucida

William Hyde Wollaston dedicated much of his early scholarly work to chemical subjects, but as he grew older, he found his interests broadening into optics, acoustics, mineralogy, astronomy, physiology, botany and art. In 1807, he patented an optical device that enabled any person to quickly sketch a subject in accurate perspective. Although Johannes Kepler had described a […]