iBiology - Visual Communication in Biology

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Talk Overview

Scientists commonly use visual representation of data to show their results and ideas. In this seminar, Dr. Janet Iwasa provides an introduction to the field of molecular animation, and walks us through the process of using visualization tools to communicate scientific information. In her first video, Iwasa summarizes the common types of visualizations used in biology, explains the steps you should take to create a model figure, and summarizes key elements you should consider when creating your figures and models.

In her second and third videos, Iwasa provides an overview of the animation process. She shows different software that can be used to create molecular models (e.g. UCSF chimera), and illustrates the process of creating an animation and finalizing the video using software like Maya and Adobe After Effects. These videos will familiarize you with the process of creating an animation and show best practice techniques when using visual communication in biology.

Speaker Bio

While completing her PhD in cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco, Janet Iwasa began taking classes in animation. She honed her skills as a molecular animator during her post-doctoral fellowship and she has since joined forces with researchers to make animations of various biological processes. Iwasa joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 2008 and is currently at the University of Utah School of Medicine.