This conference is part of an ongoing collaboration between the sciences, arts, and humanities at UW-Madison and will include a public lecture, workshop, research colloquium and exhibition that take up issues of visuality and visual technologies in the sciences. All events are free and open to the public, and advanced registration is required for the research colloquium on Friday, February 8.

Lecture by Michael Lynch, Cornell University:
Thursday, February 7, 5:30pm, Chazen Museum of Art, (800 University Avenue) Room L140

MICHAEL LYNCH is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. He is currently president of the Society for Social Studies of Science and editor of Social Studies of Science.

Friday, February 8, 9:00am – 12:10 pm, Pyle Center Auditorium (702 Langdon Street)

The colloquium will feature short presentations and discussions from UW-Madison faculty and graduate students on the following questions: How do issues of audience and communication shape the way science is visualized? What are the roles of culture, technology and subjectivity?
The colloquium is organized by Sheila Reaves, Professor of Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison and Leadership Committee member of the UW Eye Research Institute.

“Topical Contextures and Objectivity” with Michael Lynch
1:15pm – 3:15 pm, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Room 309

The workshop will involve examples and exercises in which participants explore how visualization is featured in scientific communication, demonstration, and argument. Topical contexture is a term used to describe the relationship between arrangements of visible details and the gestalt forms they compose.

Exhibition Viewing and Curators’ Talk, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Kohler Art Library, 800 University Ave

Guest co-curators Amy Noell and Beth Zinsli (PhD Students, Art History) discuss “The Scientist’s Eye: Dialogues between Art and Science.” The exhibition features artist and rare books from the Kohler Art Library and Special Collections (Memorial Library).

“Visualizing Science” is co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Eye Research Institute, the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and the Departments of Art, Art History, Medical History and Bioethics, and Sociology.