Science Images and Public Amazement: The Implications of Communicating Science Visually

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6:00—7:30 PM | Addlestone Library Rm. 227

Popular science images are often dismissed as superficial or supplemental, but, in reality, they have the potential to be powerful vehicles of communication. Ties between scientific communities and non-expert publics could be strengthened through responsible visual communication. As funding for scientific research becomes increasingly difficult to secure, popular science images represent an untapped resource—but only if they are used thoughtfully and strategically.

Join the Friends and Maria Gigante, author of Introducing Science Through Images: Cases of Visual Popularization, for a conversation exploring the implications of communicating science visually.


Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:00—7:30 PM

Location: Addlestone Library Rm. 227 (Second floor, northwest corner)

Tickets: FREE and open to the public.

Registration is required.

Copies ofIntroducing Science Through Images: Cases of Visual Popularization will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Q&A will follow the discussion.

Learn more about the book.



Maria E. Gigante is an associate professor of rhetoric and writing studies in the English Department at Western Michigan University, where she has spearheaded the development of a science-writing curriculum. Her work on the visual rhetoric of science has appeared in Rhetoric Review and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.


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