Picking a Palette


What is the best color combination? How can color be used to effectively communicate ideas and information? What is transmitted in the variation of shades? Are these “science” questions asked while making figures of data or are they “art” questions pondered over a tray of pastels?   The June 1st issue of EOS, the weekly…

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Box of fibrous minerals


Many geology majors have memories of (flashbacks to?) mineralogy class – symbolized by trays and trays of minerals to memorize. My mineralogy professor was Dr. Sam Kozak, an incredible influence on my college years.  Each week, he put out a new set of 10 minerals to learn…the white minerals, the conchoidal fracture minerals, the soft…

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News on Earth Day 2015

art and earth science

Three bits of news today: Creative Disturbance: Art and Earth Science Podcast Channel  This week you can celebrate Earth Day in a new way by listening to voices that address diverse views of art and Earth in a special edition of Art and Earth Science.     Today we feature:
 Diane Burko, artist and explorer, talks to a student…

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Un-Natural Nature Exhibit


A new online exhibit at the SciArt Center of New York curated by Danielle Kalamaras explores the changing landscape of the 21st century.  Un-Natural Nature brings together an interesting collection of 30 contemporary artists in a virtual gallery.  Through images, paintings, sculpture, sound art, and film, these artists explore the impact and interaction between humans…

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Spotlight on Conversation


Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the structure of my courses, particularly the balance between material covered and skills practiced. Conversations about the role between content and skills occur in both science classrooms and art classrooms. There is only so much time, so discipline specific content and techniques must share time with skills and experiences.

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Pinpointing a Disaster


Hurricanes don’t linger in the atmosphere, but their impact on communities and coastlines shapes our landscape. As coastal communities rebuild and re-evaluate following 2012 Hurricane Sandy, artists and scientists are researching this event. While the public may have been most aware of the ‘pre-science’– predictions of impacts by meteorologists, coastal geologists, and engineers – the…

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