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Monday, February 10, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Baxter Lecture Hall

Visual Culture Program

More Than Pretty Pictures
Felice Frankel, Research Scientist, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Science Photographer,

Graphics, images, and figures—visual representations of scientific data and concepts—are critical components of science and engineering research. They communicate in ways that words cannot. They can clarify or strengthen an argument and spur interest into the research process. Moreover, the process of making a visual representation requires you to clarify your thinking and improve your ability to communicate with others.

Frankel is an award-winning science photographer whose images have appeared in many publications, including the covers of Scientific American, Science, Nature, and Physics Today. In this talk, she will share her approach to creating depictions in science and engineering—the successes and failures. Frankel also will consider how far one can go when "enhancing" science images.

About the Visual Culture Program
The Caltech-Huntington Program in Visual Culture, which is funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and based in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), features undergraduate course offerings, guest lecturers, and other programming to foster conversations between humanists and scientists. Its activities are organized by HSS and other Caltech faculty in collaboration with scholars at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Shechet by phone at 626-395-6111 or by email at