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Visualization in Science and Education
Gordon Research Conference

Grand Challenges in the Use of Visualization in Science and Education

Dates

August 2-7, 2015

Location

Bates College
Lewiston, ME

Organizers

Chairs:
Bob Kolvoord & Katharina Scheiter

Vice Chairs:
Mike Stieff & Ann F. Batiza

Meeting Description

The 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education will continue a tradition of bringing together diverse communities of persons engaged in the production, study and application of visualizations to enhance and promote scientific understanding. The over-arching theme for the 2015 conference is "Grand Challenges in the Use of Visualization in Science and Education". This will be achieved through the exploration of the following seven sub-themes which help define the plenary sessions for the 2015 GRC:

  • What Technical Limits/Challenges Remain in Scientific Visualization?
    What are the big technical challenges that limit scientific visualization? This session will explore the cutting-edge of research and practice in this area.
  • How Do We Best Integrate Visualization in Education?
    Visualizations have long been a tool used to communicate between scientists. Educators are incorporating more and more visualizations in a variety of learning experiences. What best practices have emerged and how can those practices inform the producers of visualization? The dialogue between visualization producers and consumers has been a regular staple of this conference and in this session, we’ll continue to explore this question.
  • What Are the Special Challenges in Visualizing Large Datasets ("Big Data")?
    Datasets are becoming ever larger in a variety of scientific fields. What are the key techniques and challenges to visualizing these? We’ll discuss the impact of big data on visualization as well as how visualization is a necessity in analyzing big data.
  • How Do We Assess the Impact of Visualization and How Does Visualization Allow New Modes of Assessment?
    Assessment lies at the heart of determining the effectiveness of visualizations and is an opportunity to engage a cross-disciplinary community in learning if, and to what extent, visualizations are effective. Moreover, visualizations enable ways of knowledge assessment that move beyond traditional means.
  • What Are the Best Practices in Communication Using Visualizations?
    Visualization is now a commonplace communication tool. What is known about the best practices of communicating within communities of practice and with the general public?
  • What Do Student-Created Visualizations Reveal About Student Understanding?
    The creation of a visualization is a powerful act. Student created visualizations not only reveal a great deal about students’ reasoning and content knowledge, but also support learning and reasoning processes.
  • What Principles Guide Artistic vs. Scientific Visualization?
    Artists and scientists develop visualizations with different goals. What about when artists are developing visualizations to communicate science? In this session, we’ll explore the intersection of art and science to develop a common understanding of creating visualizations that are aesthetically pleasing and effective for both learning and scientific reasoning.
  • What Are the Latest Advances in Visualizations?
    New technologies continually add new tools and possibilities for the use of visualization by scientists and educators. This session will introduce cutting-edge applications that are transforming visualizations in different areas. We’ll discuss the advantages and challenges of these new approaches and anticipate future applications.
  • What Does the Future Hold for Visualization in Science Education?
    Anticipating as yet unknown tools and technologies is an important grand challenge in the use of visualization. This session will ask experts to forecast the use of visualization in new areas and the possibilities that are on the horizon. A robust discussion will makes this a fitting final session for the conference.

In addition to the list of sessions described above, a vibrant and engaging week of posters and discussion will help ensure that the 2015 Gordon Conference on Visualization in Science and Education will be a stimulating and engaging conference! For more information, please visit the conference chairs’ web site.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmChallenges in Visualizing Big Data
Discussion Leader: Robert Hanson (St. Olaf College, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmNils Gehlenborg (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Exploratory Visualization in Data-Intensive Biomedical Research"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmCesar Hidalgo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Medialab, USA)
"Data Visualization Engines: Bringing Big Data to Life"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIntegrating Visualization in Education
Discussion Leader: Carrie McDougall (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Education, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJennifer Frazier (Exploratorium, USA)
"Creating New Genres of Museum Exhibits with Scientific Visualizations"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDavid Klahr (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
"Visualization of Simple Causal Factors in Early Science Instruction"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDiana Sinton (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, USA)
"Why Spatial Thinking Underlies Visual Thinking"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmApplying Artistic Principles in Scientific Visualization
Discussion Leader: Martin Storksdieck (Oregon State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAddie Manis (VFX Producer, USA)
"Visual Effects - Making Science Entertaining"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAdam Steinberg (ArtForScience, USA)
"Using Artistic Principles to Visualize Scientific Data"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmChallenging Phenomena to Visualize
Discussion Leader: Carol Hirschmugl (University of Wisconsin, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJaymie Matthews (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Turning Wiggles into Worlds"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHanchuan Peng (Allen Institute, USA)
"Seeing More, Exploring More, and Knowing More: Virtual Finger Technologies for Massive 3D/4D/5D Image Data"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmChia Shen (Harvard University, USA)
"Visualizing the Tree of Life to Advance Informal Science Learning"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAssessing the Impact of Scientific Visualization
Discussion Leader: Nancy Pelaez (Purdue University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMelanie Cooper (Michigan State University, USA)
"Drawing the Invisible to Predict the Visible: From Drawing to Modeling in Chemistry"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMargaret Evans (University of Michigan, USA)
"Bringing 'Big Data' to the Table: Two Methods of Analyzing the Impact of an Interactive Visualization"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBest Practices in Communicating Scientific Visualizations
Discussion Leader: Gael McGill (Harvard Medical School / Digizyme, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amRyan Wyatt (Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, USA)
"Planetariums as 21st-Century Digital Dioramas"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJen Christiansen (Scientific American, USA)
"The Value of Artistic License in Illustrating Scientific Concepts for a Non­-Specialist Audience"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMichelle Viotti (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA)
"'Sensuating' STEAM*: Self- and Sense-Making Through Data Visualization *STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmWhat Do Student-Constructed Visualizations Reveal About Student Misconceptions
Discussion Leader: Kim Anne Kastens (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmWouter van Joolingen (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
"Drawing-Based Modeling to Engage Young Children in Genuine Scientific Activities"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMichelle Wilkerson-Jerde (Tufts University, USA)
"Expressive Technologies and Learning by Building Visualizations"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLatest Advances in Visualization
Discussion Leader: Vetria Byrd (Clemson University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJason Leigh (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
"Advanced Visualization Instrumentation"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amLeilah Lyons (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
"Supporting Playful Collective Exploration of Data Visualizations in Informal Science Settings"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amEmily Law (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA)
"Web-Based NASA Remote Sensing Data Visualization"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmHorace Mitchell (Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, USA)
"NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio: Lessons Learned as a Visualization Service Provider"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Impact of Technological Change on Visualization in Science and Education
Discussion Leader: Marc Van Mil (University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMartin Kryzwinski (British Columbia Genome Sciences Centre, Canada)
"Great Science, Poor Visuals: End of an Era"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmSriram Subramaniam (National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA)
"3D Electron Microscopy in Biology: The Use of Animations to Visualize Mechanism"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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