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MBL-ASU Seminar in History of Biology: 

2012 Topic: Visualizing Biology

Seminar Directors: John Beatty, University of British Columbia,

James Collins, Arizona State University, and Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University

Course Date: May 2013
Registration Deadline: tba
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The MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar is an intensive week with annually varying topics designed for a group of no more than 25 advanced graduate students, postdoctoral associates, younger scholars, and established researchers in biology, history, philosophy, and the social sciences. The MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar is offered in collaboration with and is funded by Arizona State University with additional funding from the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology.

This year's seminar: "Visualizing Biology"

This year’s ASU-MBL seminar will explore the history of visualization in biology from the late 19th to early 21st centuries.  The seminar will be organized around different visual scales beginning with microscopy and working up to macroscopic perspectives offered by satellite imaging and remote sensing.  We will consider both practices of visualization and the representations they produce from historical, philosophical, and scientific perspectives.  At the microscopic level, we will explore debates over microscopic method, the development of video microscopy, and the impact of digital technology on optical microscopy.  At the organismic level, we will address the many issues surrounding the place of visual representations in science, including contemporary research being conducted at MBL.  At the macroscopic level, we will consider the development and impact of remote sensing on biological research. MORE >>>

2012 Organizer:
Michael R. Dietrich, Michael.Dietrich@Dartmouth.edu

The Seminar in the History of Biology is offered in collaboration with and is funded through Arizona State University. For more information about the seminar in general, past topics, updates concerning this year's topic, and application information, please visit: cbs.asu.edu/mbl_seminar/.

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