'Resurrecting Leonardo' examines visualization in art and science

A symposium examining the nature of the visualization process and the ways it has been used by artists and scientists to convey the wonderment of discovery to a broad audience will be held Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1-4 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall.

“Resurrecting Leonardo: Reconnecting Art and Science for Education” was organized in connection with the opening reception of “Small World,” a juried exhibition of entries in the 30th annual Nikon International Photomicrography Competition, which will be displayed Feb. 2 to March 4 at Herter Gallery. The reception is from 4-6 p.m.

The symposium will feature the following presentations:

Suzanne Anker, a visual artist and theorist working with genetic imagery who chairs the art history department at the School of Visual Arts in New York, will discuss “Picture Perfect: From Golden Means to Golden Boys.”

Felice Frankel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will speak on “The Power of the Pretty Picture: A Science Photographer’s Perspective.” Frankel is a science photographer and author of “Envisioning Science.”

“Making Science Visible: The Role of Visualization in Promoting Scientific Literacy,”
will be presented by Janice D. Gobert of the Concord Consortium. Gobert is research director of "Modeling Across the Curriculum" and “Making Thinking Visible."

Sherwin B. Nuland of the Yale School of Medicine will discuss “Artists and Anatomists: Renaissance Bedfellows.” Nuland is a surgeon and the award-winning author of "How We Die."

Concluding remarks will be offered by Lee Shuett, executive vice president of Nikon Instruments.

“Resurrecting Leonardo” is a collaboration between the Vice Provost for Research, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Department of Art, and the Ventures in Science Using Art Laboratory (VISUAL) Program of the National Science Foundation-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

“Small World” was made possible in part with a grant from the UMass Arts Council and in collaboration with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the VISUAL Program.

The symposium and exhibition are free and open to the public.