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Visualizing Scientific Data on the Big Screen

Visualizing Scientific Data on the Big Screen

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By


Film is primarily a visual media and communicates on sensory, emotional, and intellectual levels. Science can also be a sensory and intellectual medium, especially when scientists present their data visually. Join the Academy and the Imagine Science Film Festival for a discussion that explores how data—from huge data sets generated by genomics to maps of the brain—can be uniquely captured in the medium of film.

Science writer Carl Zimmer and a panel of scientists and artists will explore how scientists use film to communicate their ideas and how artists can use the techniques of data visualization to enhance viewers' scientific and visual experience.

*Network reception to follow.

Registration Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$15
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$20



Carl Zimmer

Science Writer

Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column "Matter" appears each Thursday. In his books, essays, articles, and blog posts, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a guest on radio programs such as Radiolab and This American Life.


Amy Lee Robinson


Amy Robinson is a crowdsourcer. She is the Creative Director of EyeWire, a game to map the brain from Sebastian Seung's Computational Neuroscience lab at MIT. EyeWire is a community of 60,000 gamers from 130 countries who together are helping us decipher the mysteries of information processing in the brain.

Jonathan Fisher, PhD

The Rockefeller University
Blavatnik Award Winner

Jonathan Fisher is a postdoctoral associate in the Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University. His background is in applied physics and optics, and he works on problems in molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience. His current research is focused on the biophysics and neurophysiology of the auditory system and interests also include biomedical optics (particularly the development of new neuroimaging techniques) and auditory processing. He leads the Neurodome project, a dome-format film that explores the brain.

Oliver Medvedik, PhD

The Cooper Union
TED Fellow

Oliver Medvedik is presently the Sandholm Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology and Bioengineering at The Cooper Union and also a cofounder of Genspace, New York City's community biotechnology laboratory. As part of his doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, he used single-celled budding yeast as a model system to map genetic pathways that regulate longevity. For the past fours years he has mentored undergraduate teams for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM).

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