Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises & Hares in Tanzania

"There's so much of everything! All of it inextricably tangled together [...] To describe is to select – and to select only a microscopic sample from this overwhelming profusion." So wrote travel journalist Michael Frayan in Travels with a Typewriter, one of several books I read during my month-long research trip to East Africa. Frayan distills…Read more Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises & Hares in Tanzania

Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises and Hares in the Kenyan Highlands

This is my first trip to Kenya, and to Africa more generally. So far, it has been a fascinating blend of rural and urban, English and Swahili (and with it a reminder that learning a language isn't a one-month project), and wildlife, plants, and landscapes utterly unlike anything I've ever seen. I've come to the…Read more Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises and Hares in the Kenyan Highlands

What do science writing and sketching have to do with each other? Wyoming EPSCoR asked me…

I was recently interviewed for the Wyoming EPSCoR program's blog. In addition to a number of questions specific to the nature of sketching workshops I teach, Jess White from EPSCoR asked a thought-provoking question about how drawing contributes to my writing. It was a question I'd never consciously considered before, and I was delighted to be…Read more What do science writing and sketching have to do with each other? Wyoming EPSCoR asked me…

Mini-workshop: Using Analog Technology (Art!) to Teach Science

I'll be teaching a mini-workshop/crash course/ intro session on Wednesday at the University of Wyoming. We don't have enough time to get too deep into skill-building (only 1.5 hours), so this session aims to get you excited about the idea of building skills (or resurrecting latent skills). Teaching with Technology Series: Drawn to Science-Using Analog…Read more Mini-workshop: Using Analog Technology (Art!) to Teach Science

Project Snapshot: Ecological Principles & Children’s Books

While working on my project on ecological concepts in picture books, I've come across some fascinating research about using picture books to teach science. Here are a couple points that are particularly interesting: Talking animals can confuse children's understanding of why/how animals do things. (Ganea et al 2014) Children don't differentiate between fact and fiction unless…Read more Project Snapshot: Ecological Principles & Children’s Books

Video of my SciArt talk about Drawing, Creativity, and Science

Two weeks ago, I gave a seminar to the University of Wyoming Zoology & Physiology Department. Entitled Drawn to Science: Exploring the Historical and Contemporary Synergies between Drawing, Creativity, and Science, my talk roved through history, technologies that have influenced art and science, and looked at research and examples of how art and science can do much…Read more Video of my SciArt talk about Drawing, Creativity, and Science