Visualize Science 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Yale Wright Laboratory 

Registration is closed.  For more information about the contest and winning entries, please see this article about the event.

Artists and scientists with a Yale affiliation are invited to participate in a competition, held at Wright Lab, for teams of artists and scientists to create a conceptual model of a subatomic particle, such as a quark or neutrino, and realize it in either two- or three-dimensional format using materials provided for the competition. 

Two awards will be given: a “Judge’s Award” and a “People’s Award”.  The goal is to develop conceptual models of subatomic matter and energy and to increase understanding of those concepts.  

The organizers of this event are Wright Lab Director Karsten Heeger and Eric Fleischmann ’83.  Entrants will be up to 48 participants from the Yale community, with a preference for those with backgrounds in physics and studio art.  They will be divided into a maximum of 6 teams of up to 8 students each, composed of mixed art/physics disciplines (split 50/50). Each team will have a coach, who will be either a Yale professor or post-doc in physics or studio art.  Each group will have at least one Wright Lab technical staff member or post-doc.

The contest aligns with the goals of the report of the University Science Strategy Committee, especially by providing interdisciplinary connections between art and science at Yale, improving research communication, facilitating imaging and image analysis, modelling data, and increasing the understanding and analysis of physical systems.

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9:00 a.m. Introduction-Victoria Misenti, Wright Lab Program Manager and Eric Fleischmann, contest organizer

9:05 a.m.  Brief panel of Wright Lab scientists describing the particle in question-Sarah Demers, Thomas Langford and David Moore 

9:20 a.m.  Introduction of contest format, coaches and timeline-Misenti

9:25 a.m.  Teams split up.  Coffee/snacks available.

9:30 a.m. Teams begin working on designs

10:30 a.m.  Teams should begin work on realization of models by this point if they haven’t already

11:30 a.m.  Teams bring their completed models to WL-216

11:40 a.m. Team presentations (up to 5 minutes each).  Non-participants who are interested in the contest are invited to attend the presentations.

12:05 p.m. Voting.  Ballots passed out to vote for “people’s award”.  Votes tallied by contest organizers. Judges (Ágnes Mócsy and Eric Fleischmann) vote on judge’s award.

12:15 p.m. Winners announced, awards given.  

12:30 p.m. End of program