[pccgrads] Today! PCC 593 Seminar: Quetin and Steinem on "If you communicate and no one listens, did you communicate?" 2/17 at 3:30

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Tue Feb 17 09:23:08 PST 2015


PCC 593: Perspectives on Communicating Climate (Seminar)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

3:30 PM-4:20PM

OSB 425

Guests: Greg Quetin, Graduate Student, UW Atmospheric Sciences

Abigail Steinem, Graduate Student, UW School of Art + Art History + Design

Title: If you communicate and no one listens, did you communicate?


“Figures are powerful tools to effectively and efficiently convey complex information. Well-designed figures can help the audience better understand the objectives and results of your research.”

<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201102518/abstract> “A Brief Guide to Designing Effective Figures for the Scientific Paper”

in Advanced Materials 23, no. 38 (October 11, 2011): 4343–46.

The successful passing of information from one to another or from one to many (communication) is based on being clear, accurate, and visually stimulating. What happens when a scientist and a designer talk communication over a few (many) cups of coffee? This session will focus on what can be gained by building collaborative bridges between the sciences and design. We will discuss the founding and ongoing work of Science by Design, a UW group of scientists, engineers, and designers brought together to explore cross-disciplinary learning and visual communication within the sciences.


Greg Quetin is a third year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences working on the link between global vegetation and the climate. How does vegetation change the Earth’s climate? He received a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the University of Washington in 2007. After working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an optical mechanical engineer on imaging spectrometers for five years he returned to graduate school. The challenge of returning to an academic setting inspired an interest in education and the communication of the often-complicated scientific findings both to other scientists and the public. This interest in communication finally led him to the Design Help Desk, where he met Abigail Steinem, a graduate student in the UW Design Program, and they went on to found a group of scientists, engineers and designers focused on visual communication of science.

Abigail Steinem is in her second year of pursuing a Master of Design degree in the UW School of Art + Art History + Design. Her thesis explores the evolution of designers’ personal design practice and the importance of continued education for designers throughout their careers. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Art History from Indiana University, she worked as an Art Director at a private medical device company. Concurrently, evenings and weekends were devoted to her true passion for publishing while working as a researcher and designer for world-renowned designer Gail Anderson and design critic Steven Heller on their books, New Modernist Type and Typographic Universe. Abigail returned to graduate school to pursue an interest in design education and how design skills can be taught to young designers, as well as non-designers.

This led to meeting Greg Quetin. After gallons of coffee and hours of scheming ways to build bridges between their disciplines, Greg and Abigail formed Science by Design, a group of scientists, engineers, and designers brought together to explore cross-disciplinary learning and visual communication within the sciences.


Remaining Seminars in the Series:

Week 8 (Feb. 24)
Guest: Rev. Jenny Phillips
Title: “Religious Frames for Climate Change”

Week 9 (March 3)
Guest: Amy Snover, Climate Impacts Group
Topic: TBA

Coordinator: Miriam Bertram uwpcc at uw.edu

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