Life Sciences Seminar: Representations and Visualizations in Molecular Biology

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Life Sciences Seminar
Representations and Visualizations in Molecular Biology

Dr. Leslie Kate Wright
Interim School Head
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, RIT

The field of Molecular Biology relies heavily on visual representations to communicate ideas about unobservable biological processes and molecules. Visual representations are simplified models that appear in biology textbooks, teaching materials and even as quickly created drawings on paper during discussion. Much evidence suggests, however, that biology learners (students) and experts (instructors) do not necessarily “see” the same things when deciphering or creating visual representations. This lack of representational competence by learners may impede future learning and communication. In this seminar I will highlight two recent projects from our laboratory; the development and application of a new framework to describe visual representations and how student-generated drawings can be a window into mental models of Molecular concepts and processes.

Intended Audience:
Beginners, undergraduates, graduates. Those with interest in the topic.

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When and Where
August 31, 2022
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Room/Location: A300

Open to the Public

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