• GNSI 2018 Special Project Award certificate

    GNSI 2018 Special Project Award

    A wonderful and unexpected recognition from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators – a Special Project Award! This award pertains to the work I have done on developing the social media presence of GNSI, both year-round and during the annual conference. The purpose of this work has been to 1) reinforce the sense of community within conference participants, 2) give non-participants an opportunity to follow remotely, and 3) produce assets such as video, photographs and written content that perpetuate and disseminate the value of the events.

    I have helped recruit and onboard conference social media mavens, and defined and improved the role of the GNSI Social Media Coordinator, the person who throughout the year ensures that science illustration news are carried on Facebook and Twitter to the many GNSI followers. Together we have harnessed the technology, and informed, educated and amused hundreds of followers.

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  • Feature video and interview by AAAS

    I was recently featured in the beautiful video Diana Marques: visual science communicator. Produced by Neil Orman at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), it is one of two videos that promote the exhibit Visualize: Art Revealing Science currently open at the AAAS gallery. I was also interviewed by Juwon Song who summed up in a nice article what the exhibit and profession are about. This exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the work of its members; as a proud member of 18 years and exhibit participant with four entries selected by the jury, I was honored to be interviewed to represent the profession of a visual science communicator. The feedback about the video has been wonderful and I hope you like it too!

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  • Biocommunications Association Logo

    BioImages Salon

    Good news! The infographic Ants and Their Garden was selected to be part of the BioImages salon, an annual visual media competition organized by the Biocommunications Association. The online exhibit showcases still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. See all the selected entries here.

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  • GNSI Annual Member Exhibit
    GNSI Annual Member Exhibit
    GNSI Annual Member Exhibit

    GNSI Annual Member Exhibit

    The GNSI Annual Member Exhibit is special this year. Under the theme “Visualize: Art Revealing Science” the exhibit will take place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Art Gallery in downtown Washington, D.C., July 16-October 15. Not only it is a noteworthy location with plenty exposure, it is also a generous duration. And I could not be happier that all my three submissions were accepted!

    A variety of media and visual styles will represent my work:

    Ants and Their Garden – an information graphic with a snapshot of the complex social system of leafcutter ants and their process of cultivating plant matter to maintain fungus garden that feeds the entire colony.

    Electric Eel Anatomy – an animation video created for the Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia House of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo illustrating the unique body of electric eels.

    Sculpted Tree Ant – an interactive 3D model of an ant species commonly found in the Old World tropics, living in the canopy of trees.

    Follow the links under each title to get to the Portfolio and learn more about these pieces!

     

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  • first page of article about object experiences on the Exhibition Journal

    New article: Reinventing Object Experiences with Technology

    The article “Reinventing Object Experiences with Technology” has been published in the Journal Exhibition. This beautifully designed and highly informative journal is the work of the National Association for Museum Exhibition, under the umbrella of the American Alliance of Museums. This issue is entirely dedicated to ‘object experiences’ and our article discussing visitors’ experiences with the skeleton collection at the Bone Hall via augmented reality technology fit perfectly with the theme. Look for the abstract on the Publications page.

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  • Women's Leadership Program at George Washington University Logo

    Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University

    Yesterday I met students from the Science, Health, and Medicine cohort of the Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University. This living-learning community of first-year women has a focus on building skills in leadership and communication within the context of their academic interests. And this year the students expressed interest in how science may be communicated visually, extending me a kind invitation to speak to them about my work and my career. It was a delight to share my experiences and learn about their passions and their plans for the future!

     

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  • New article: Augmented Reality-the new kid on the block

    The article “Augmented Reality: the new kid on the block” has been published in the Journal of Natural Science Illustration issued quarterly by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. The article is a written version of the workshop I taught at the GNSI Annual Conference in Asheville NC and provides an overview of AR technology and why it can be of relevance to science illustrators. Look for the article on the Publications page.

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  • U.S.Botanic Garden Facebook post

    Inktober at the U.S. Botanic Garden

    Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I embraced it for the first time this year making the U.S. Botanic Garden my daily destination and sketching plants that remind me of the prompts on the Inktober 2017 list. The USBG staff was extremely welcoming and posted a nice note on their Facebook page. They also invited me to do a public lecture about the project which was very well received by all attendants. See a sample of the 31 drawing set on the Portfolio page.

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  • Exhibition ‘Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab’
    Exhibition ‘Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab’
    Exhibition ‘Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab’
    Exhibition ‘Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab’
    Exhibition ‘Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab’

    Exhibition ‘Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab’

    The most recent exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is the Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia House. The multisensory lab is home to a 5-foot-long electric eel, capable of generating up to 800 volts of electricity, and a number of other species of electric species. It was a pleasure to be involved with the development of this exhibition from its early stages and create a number of content pieces in different media.

    One of the most popular displays is a bronze life-sized model of an eel built as an approximation of a 3D digital model that I created. When visitors hold the head and the tail simultaneously, their bodies complete a weak electrical charge and the model fish vibrates. When the model is idle the screen above plays a video I edited using real footage of the Amazon river basin; upon the completion of the circuit in the model, visitors see an animation video that I created to illustrate the uniqueness of the bodies of electric eels.

    Elsewhere in the exhibition are panels with my illustrations and two additional animations that emphasize the differences between pulse and wave types of electric fishes. See a sample of the content created on the Portfolio page.

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  • Photo of the jury at the PhD defense at the University of Porto

    PhD completed

    I will remember the day of July 7 (7-7-2017!) for a long time – the day that I successfully defended my PhD in Digital Media. My deep appreciation goes to my advisor at the University of Porto, Professor José Azevedo, and my co-advisor at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, Robert Costello. I am also grateful for the insightful comments and discussion promoted by the jury at the defense: Professor Pedro Casaleiro, Professor Ana Delicado, Professor Nuno Correia and Professor António Coelho. Read about my doctoral studies at the Research page and download the thesis at the Publications page.

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