Sept. 20 | Science Images and Public Amazement

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Thursday, September 20 | 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 of the Library and Maria Gigante, author of Introducing Science Through Images: Cases of Visual Popularization, for a conversation exploring the implications of communicating science visually.

This event is co-sponsored by the English Department’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication (WRP) minor and concentration.


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.

Q&A will follow the discussion.

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


The English Department’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication (WRP) minor and concentration combine traditional approaches to writing and editing with new approaches made available by visual and digital media. The program provides students with knowledge and experiences that are integral to professional and civic life in the 21st Century: the ability to create different kinds of texts for a variety of audiences in a variety of media.


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