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Science Meets Art in Del Mar: Visualizing the Beauty and Complexity of the Living Cell

Talk by Arthur Olson


Science-Artists Peter Mindek, David Goodsell, Janet Iwasa, Graham Johnson, Beata Mierzwa

Thursday, January 18, 2024

5:30pm – 7:30PM

Del Mar Civic Center
1050 Camino Del Mar


5:30 PM: Art Exhibit Viewing of works ranging from watercolors to fashion design. Gathering with wine and light refreshments.

6:30 PM DMFTalk with Art Olson and Artists

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Art Olson PhD, Anderson Research Chair Professor at Scripps Research where he has maintained his lab for over 40 years, pioneered computational modeling, visualization and analysis of molecular biological assemblies spanning length scales from atoms to cells. Olson’s visualizations and animations have been shown at the Disney EPCOT center, PBS television, and in art and science museum exhibits around the world. Olson is the organizer of the January 2024 CellVis conference for scientists, technologists and artists from around the world at Scripps Research. The focus: visualizing the inner workings of the fundamental basis of life – the cell. 


Peter Mindek, PhD: is a co-founder and CTO of Nanographics, a scientific visualization studio based in Vienna, Austria. Mindek has developed advanced techniques for illustrative molecular visualization and storytelling.  https://nanographics.at

David Goodsell, PhD:  an internationally recognized artist, holds dual appointments as Professor of Computational Biology at Scripps Research and Research Professor at Rutgers University.  His unique watercolor paintings accurately depict the molecular landscapes of cells interiors. https://ccsb.scripps.edu/goodsell/

Janet Iwasa, PhD: an Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Utah, is the head of the Animation Lab.  Among many public and professional venues, she has presented her work in a TED talk, and has been featured on the PBS NewsHour. https://animationlab.utah.edu/ 

Graham Johnson, PhD:Senior Director of Visualization & Data Integration at the Allen Institute for Cell Science started as scientific illustrator and co-authored the textbook Cell Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Art Olson’s lab at the Scripps Research Institute where he developed software to assemble multitudes of fragmented molecular data into integrated whole-cell structural models. https://www.allencell.org/

Art Show Curator:

Beata Mierzwa,PhD: a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego, studies cell division. Beata also creates science-themed drawings, fashion, and interactive media. Her hand-drawn illustrations focus on the molecular level, showing processes that make life possible. http://www.beatascienceart.com


January 18
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM PST
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Del Mar Civic Center
1050 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014 United States
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