Finding great scicomm & presentation images for free (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 2)

This article is the second in a series aimed at helping you enhance your #scicomm and #sciart by avoiding #visualplagiarism. It will do so by laying out some best practices for dealing with images (which are, by their nature) visual intellectual property protected by copyrights. Please chime in, in the comments or by contacting me, if you have … Continue reading Finding great scicomm & presentation images for free (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 2)

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Tips for ethical and legal use of images in science presentations and other science communication (Using Images, a Best Practices Primer, Part 1)

When you are looking for great images to communicate about science, the internet is a treasure trove. But it is easy to overstep legal and ethical boundaries. This article is the first in a series aimed at helping you enhance your #scicomm and #sciart by avoiding #visualplagiarism. It will do so by laying out some best practices for … Continue reading Tips for ethical and legal use of images in science presentations and other science communication (Using Images,…

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Sketching Tip: Solvent Transfers

Reproducing or presenting an image in an artistic way can help you catch the attention of a wider or different-from-usual audience. One such method is the packing tape sticker I mentioned in my October 2016 newsletter. If you want to create something more permanent, though, you might try solvent transfers. I learned about this printmaking technique … Continue reading Sketching Tip: Solvent Transfers

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March 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Making connections between art & other disciplines

Happy spring, dear readers! The spring equinox was just a few days ago, and my tulips noticed. While they’re not in full bloom yet, they are several inches tall! Although it’s hard to believe it today, as snow falls and the wind rattles the trees outside. My thesis is due at the end of this … Continue reading March 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Making connections between art & other disciplines

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Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

Happy not-quite-spring, dear readers! Although we’re a long way from actual spring, the weather in my neck of the woods has been decidedly warm lately. That means, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside, roving the prairie with my pup, and, to be honest, writing more than drawing. Even so, the January/February 2017 newsletter … Continue reading Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

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Sketchbook Snapshot: taking a closer look at winter vocabulary

Though many a northerner might beg to differ with Robert Frost’s somewhat flippant statement – “You can’t get too much winter in the winter” – there is a truth to the poet’s words that became evident when I looked into winter vocabulary. Wintry word origins According to etymologyonline.com, the word winter likely derives from a … Continue reading Sketchbook Snapshot: taking a closer look at winter vocabulary

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Suggestions for integrating drawing into university-level biology courses

I’m collaborating with the coordinator of our university’s undergraduate Animal Biology labs this semester. She is interested in integrating drawing more fully and effectively into the work that instructors and students do in those labs. And so, we’ve been talking about how to introduce drawing to TAs and students, and how to integrate it in … Continue reading Suggestions for integrating drawing into university-level biology courses

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Sketchbook Snapshot: Lunch Biodiversity

First, a quick bit of context: I’m curating the @IAmSciArt account on Twitter this week. And, a week dedicated to #sciart conversations with the friendly and creative folks of the interwebs strikes me as a fantastic way to kick off 2017. So far today, we’ve discussed SciArt-related time management and habits, such as scheduling time … Continue reading Sketchbook Snapshot: Lunch Biodiversity

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November 2016 newsletter: SciArt Animation & Sharing

Sharing SciArt can be fun for everyone! I’ve been busy working on illustrations for an exhibit of my “Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise and the Hare” project. As a result, I’m in a sketching mood, and I’ve started sending drawings hither and yon. Last month’s sketching tip focused on making stickers from our drawings, … Continue reading November 2016 newsletter: SciArt Animation & Sharing

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