Noontime Lectures

Noontime Lectures

Tuesday, 12 October 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Marek Ranis
Missy Eppes
José Gámez

Marek Ranis, Missy Eppes, José Gámez

Bringing Art to Your Science and Thus Your Science to the People: Joining Visual Culture and Scientific Evidence

Streaming / Recorded

Endorsed by the Geology & Society Division, Geoscience Education Division, History and Philosophy of Geology Division, and Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology Division

Description: There is a long tradition of merging Art with Science originating from both fields of study, with good reason. The idea that truth can be made visible has a long history directly affecting both disciplines. For example, in the rise of the natural sciences in the nineteenth century vision is understood as a primary avenue to knowledge, and sight takes precedence over the other senses as a primary tool in the analysis and ordering of living things – opening doors to collaborations between artists and scientists even then. Communication in both art and science is dependent on cooperative and collaborative methods in lab-, field-, virtual-, and three-dimensional space and time. Finally, art is perfectly positioned to bring science to the world beyond scientists, filling a crucial need for more effective science communication to the public. Projects merging geoscience, in particular, with art can also serve as an effective link between natural history and human history.

The aim of this event is to provide concrete examples of how combining art with science can serve a need for more effective science communication and to provide practical information about how to go about it. For example, through Broader Impacts in NSF grants, there are opportunities for Earth Scientists to collaborate with artists in research and pedagogy, with the result an enrichment of communication, understanding, and revelation.


Wednesday, 13 October 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Melissa Rice
Jesse Tarnas
Emily Cardarelli

Melissa Rice, Jesse Tarnas, Emily Cardarelli

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover in Jezero Crater

Streaming / Recorded

Description: The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, NASA’s newest flagship Mars rover mission, landed in Jezero crater in February 2021. Perseverance is seeking signs of ancient life on Mars, and is the first of a multi-mission effort to return samples from Mars back to Earth. This talk will review highlights from the first 8 months of Perseverance’s mission to Mars.