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Visualization in Science & Education
Gordon Research Conference

Transformation by Visualization: Radical Effects on Learning in Science and Across Education


July 10-15, 2011


Bryant University
Smithfield, RI


Elizabeth M. Dorland & Ghislain Deslongchamps

Vice Chairs:
Martin Storksdieck & Brian E. Martin

Meeting Description

The 2011 Gordon Conference on Visualization in Science and Education will continue to challenge our vibrant and cohesive interdisciplinary community to explore how visualizations of data, concepts and phenomena (from simple to highly complex) can be best be used to increase understanding and facilitate learning at all levels. The immense computational power, large data sets, and online tools that are now available to all disciplines and even the general public are dramatically changing what can be visualized and even the very process of creation.

We will address some of the profound ways in which visualization is redefining the shapes and roles of communities within science as well as enabling and challenging the historical practices of science and science education. We must begin to investigate and incorporate some of the new social, collaborative, and immersive online environments that are creating new kinds of scientific communities that impact research and learning.

Invited speakers will present their research and perspectives on the creation and use of visualizations represented in 2D and 3D space to see and understand natural phenomena across the scale of the cosmos - from quarks to quasars - and including virtual environments, games, and simulations.

A particular emphasis on the integration of cognitive scientists and educational researchers into each session will facilitate group discussions and conversations on issues that go beyond creation and application. The structure provided for creating new international and interdisciplinary research teams during the week is unique to this conference.

Given the increasing rate of change in society, addressing the social nature of learning and research is increasingly important. Including perspectives from history, philosophy, and sociology of science and education will facilitate a deeper exploration of the social nature of science and learning as well as the potential impact on society.

Attendees will include professional scientists and researchers from government, academia, and business/industry, high school and college teachers, museum professionals, artists, designers, publishers, and more. Disciplines cross the spectrum of physical and biological sciences, cognitive and neurosciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics, geosciences, psychology and social sciences, and science education research. Informal discussions among all constituencies that occur during the unstructured afternoons and poster sessions are an important feature of all Gordon Conferences.

For more detailed information about this meeting, please visit the Chair's Web Site.

Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmSpanning the (Visualization) Space: Genomes, Learning, & Culture
Discussion Leader: Martin Storksdieck (National Academy of Sciences)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmBang Wong (Broad Institute)
"Five Vignettes on Visualizing the Genome"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmKurt Squire (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Video Games and Learning: Teaching and Participatory Culture in the Digital Age"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmVirtual Environments, Games, & Simulations
Discussion Leader: Robin Heyden (Heyden Consulting)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCynthia Calongne (Colorado Technical University)
Andrew Stricker (Air University)
"Games and Simulation Design: From a Hostage Rescue Game to Geothermal Energy on Mars in Virtual Harmony"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMarianne Riis (University of Aalborg)
"Visualization as Action: A study of a 3D Community of Practice"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMargaret Honey (New York Hall of Science)
"Learning Science Through Computer Games and Simulations"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmVisualization & Tools: Research Applied
Discussion Leader: Bob Kolvoord (James Madison University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmKevin Theisen (iChemLabs LLC.)
"Making use of HTML5 Technologies in the Sciences"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmYu-Sung Chang (Wolfram Research Inc.)
"Compute, Visualize, and Share: Mathematica and CDF Technology"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTransforming Education with Visualization
Discussion Leader: Katharina Scheiter (Institut für Wissensmedien)
9:00 am - 9:40 amRic Lowe (Curtin University)
"Dangerous dynamics: animated visualization as a two-edged sword"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amVickie Williamson (Texas A&M University)
"Students' Attempts at Understanding the Unobservable"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDavid Geelan (University of Queensland)
"Does it work? For whom? Visualisations in high school classrooms"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMerging Art & Science
Discussion Leader: Janet Iwasa (Harvard Medical School)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmGraham Johnson (The Scripps Research Institute)
"Towards Molecular Cinematography"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmLarry Gonick (
"Something for Nothing: Creative Removal of Inessential Information"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRevealing Unseen Complexity
Discussion Leader: Arthur Olson (The Scripps Research Institute)
9:00 am - 9:40 amWilmot Li (Adobe Inc.)
"Explaining Complex 3D Objects with Interactive Illustrations"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amRandy Sargent (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Exploring Gigapixel-scale Images and Video"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJayanne English (University of Manitoba)
"Cosmos and Canvas: Art Revealing Science in Astronomy Images"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNeuroscience, Attention & Magic
Discussion Leader: Barbara Tversky (Columbia University)
7:30 pm - 9:00 pmSusana Martinez-Conde (Barrow Neurological Institute)
Stephen Macknik (Barrow Neurological Institute)
"Sleight of Mind: What the Neuroscience Of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNetworked, Immersive, and Contextualized Learning
Discussion Leader: Shaaron Ainsworth (University of Nottingham)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDoug Clark (Vanderbilt University)
"Integrating Formal Concepts with Intuitive Everyday Ideas in Games"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amSeth Cooper (University of Washington)
"Foldit and games for scientific discovery"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDavid McConville (The Elumenati/University of Plymouth)
"Metagaming with SciVis: A Situated Approach"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session IV
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSustainability and the Role of Visualization
Discussion Leaders: Brian Martin (The King's University College) and Robert Simmon (NASA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmDavid Erickson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
"Global climate change, sustainability and visualization of atmospheric CO2"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmPeter Mahaffy (The King's University College)
"From Fractionation of Knowledge Toward Sustainability Education: A Role for Visualization"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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