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 […]

Freshman Seminar: Everything’s Cool

Professor Beverly Peterson in the English Department asked me to sit in on her freshman seminar this week to talk with her students concerning the film, Everything’s Cool, by Judith Helfand. Judith came to William and Mary the semester before to speak to my ENSP 250: Communicating Climate Change class on the importance the media […]

Filmmaking and Science: Negotiating the Communication Gap

This is the title of a talk I’m giving in the Geology department. I’m considering the many directions I can take this. We hear a lot about raising the Public’s Understanding Of Science. Perhaps, since this will be a room full of scientists and scientists to be, we can discuss how to create a better […]

Documenting Community Resource Management in Ecuador’s Threatened Forests

In November 2010, Stu Hamilton, Program Director of the GIS Lab, Professor Kris Lane in History and I got together to talk about our shared interest in Ecuador. Stu has spent years looking at the destruction of mangrove forests on the coast, Kris studies the gold-mining communities in the Highlands, and I spent time teaching […]

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 […]