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Visualization in Science and Education
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

July 1-6, 2007

Location

Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

Organizers

Chairs:
Christopher D. Watters & Roy Tasker

Vice Chairs:
Arthur J. Olson & Shaaron Ainsworth

Meeting Description

Seeing the Data … and Beyond: Visualization in Science and Education.

The Gordon Conference on "Visualization in Science and Education" provides a forum for the critical examination of the uses of visual images in the physical and biological sciences and in mathematics, of the tools used to create these images, and of their effectiveness in conveying scientific information to specialist and novice audiences. As such, the Conference is multidisciplinary, bringing together physical and biological scientists who use visualizations for research, science educators who create visualizations for classroom use and who test their effectiveness, graphics specialists who create visualizations to advance the frontiers of science and mathematics, and cognitive scientists whose understanding of human perception and cognition guides the research and educational application of visualizations and, in turn, is informed by the results of such applications.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome and Announcements: Roy Tasker (Western Sydney University, AUS) and Christopher Watters (Middlebury College, USA), Conference Co-Chairs, and GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmSeeing the Data: Two Perspectives
Discussion Leader: Pat Hanrahan (Stanford University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pm Bart Anderson (University of New South Wales, AUS)
"The Perceptual Organization of Scenes and Images"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pm Andrew Hanson (Indiana University, USA)
"Quaternion Views of Nature"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmVisualizing the Molecular Complexity of Life
Discussion Leader: Arthur Olson (The Scripps Research Institute, USA; Conference Co-Vice Chair/2009 Co-Chair Elect)
9:00 am - 9:50 am David Goodsell (The Scripps Research Institute, USA)
"Visual Methods from Atoms to Cells"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 am Chandrajit Bajaj (University of Texas/Austin, USA)
"Interactive Movies: Guided Exploration of Animated Molecules"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Graham Johnson (FiVth Medical Media and The Scripps Research Institute, USA)
"Automated Visualization of Subcellular Environments"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMultidisciplinary Approaches to Creating Visualization in Science Education
Discussion Leader: John Gilbert (Reading University, UK)
Brief reports from recipients of Conference Visionary Grants, including: Mary Shultz (Tufts University, USA), Carole Stanford (Western Sydney University, AUS), David Rapp (Northwestern University, USA), Jerry Honts (Drake University, USA), Saksri Suprasorn (Mahidol University, THA, and University of Northern Colorado, USA), and Jerry Suits (University of Northern Colorado)
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIssues in Visualizing Chemical Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Loretta Jones (University of Northern Colorado, USA)
9:00 am - 9:50 am George Bodner (Purdue University, USA)
"The Role of Visualization in Teaching/Learning Organic Chemistry"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 am Karl Harrison (Oxford University, UK)
"Analyzing Trends in the Spatial Ability of Chemistry Undergraduates"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Mike Stieff (University of Maryland, USA)
"Alternative Strategies to Problem Solving with Visual Representations"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session (organized by Arthur Olson, Co-Vice Chair)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmVisualizing Physical Phenomena Using Interactive Media
Discussion Leader: Lena Tibell (Linkoping University, SWE)
7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Gabriela Weaver and Carlos Morales (Purdue University, USA)
"Examining the Potential of Video Games as Educational Environments"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:20 pm Miriam Reiner (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
"Visualization of Non-Visual Entities and Relational Reasoning"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCreating Effective Visual Presentations for Museum Audiences and Informal Learning
Discussion Leader: Barbara Tversky (Stanford University and Columbia Teachers College, USA)
9:00 am - 9:50 am Donna Cox (University of Illinois/Urbana, USA)
"CyberOutreach: Non-expert Audiences and the Design of Scientific Data"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 am Martin Storksdieck (Institute for Learning Innovation, USA)
"Evaluating Visualizations in Free Choice Settings"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Ka Chun Yu (Denver Museum of Nature and Science, USA)
"Astronomy Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session (organized by Arthur Olson, Conference Co-Vice Chair)
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 8:15 pmBusiness Meeting
Co-Chairs: Roy Tasker and Christopher Watters
Report of the Nomination Committee: George Lisensky (Beloit College, USA)
Election of the 2009 Co-Vice Chairs/Co-Chairs Elect
Conference Evaluation Forms: Vickie Williamson (Texas A&M University, USA)
Discussion of future Conference Sites & Scheduling preferences
Acknowledgments
8:15 pm - 9:30 pmImproving Public Understanding of Science Through Visualization: A Panel Discussion
Discussion Leader: Robin Heyden (Education Consultant, USA)
Panelists: Rebecca Perry (The New School, USA), Bang Wong (Broad Institute, USA)
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmVisualizing Atmospheric and Geological Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Oswaldo Garcia (San Francisco State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:50 am Kim Kastens (Coumbia University, USA)
"What We've Learned So Far About Using Visualizations To Improve Learning In the Geosciences"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 am Tim Spangler and Alan Bol (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA)
"Enhancing Learning in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences using COMET"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Janice Gobert (The Concord Consortium, USA)
"From Visualization to Model-Based Teaching in the Geosciences: How Active Learning Can Be Facilitated"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSeeing the Data… and Beyond
Discussion Leader: Shaaron Ainsworth (Co-Vice Chair/2009 Co-Chair Elect; Nottingham University, UK)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmPeter Atkins (Oxford University, UK)
"Visual Problem Solving"
8:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart
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