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Mieke Roth <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 11 Aug 2008 19:09:09 +0200
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Hi all,

I have to agree with Frank and I don't think we only should be grateful that
we were named in Nature. What we do is serious business and it is getting
more and more important to be able to visualize scientific fact and data. 

I don't know if we should take look at ourselves for the fact that the
profession apparently isn't taken that seriously in such a serious magazine
or that this journalist just didn't get it, but for me it means that we
still have some work to do, pr wise.


-----Original Message-----
From: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration-
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lynn Usack
Sent: maandag 11 augustus 2008 18:57
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Subject: Re: [SCIART] conference publicity

I guess I'm just happy we were written up in Nature, never happened before
right? There's always a next time now that we were noticed. I understand
Frank's comments, I'm just grateful for the press in such a prestigious

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From: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration-
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Joan Lee
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 11:43 AM
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Subject: Re: [SCIART] conference publicity

On Aug 11, 2008, at 11:28 AM, Frank Ippolito wrote:

>  it is a nice prop in an important publication. though the basic  
> sentiment is about how integral illustration is within the sciences,   
> I do wish that the author hadn't repeated returned focus on the  
> aspects seen at the meeting that had so little to do with actual  
> science illustration. Terryl Whitlatch's "fantasy creatures...  
> inspired by the anatomy of real animals" is a nice sidebar to our  
> profession. on its own it would have served as such. but the author  
> then quotes Warren Allmon description of "... inspired guesses, and  
> artistic creativity to form a picture of what animals may have once  
> looked like." all the part's of Warren's talk where he mentions actual  
> paleontological illustration (and not popularized animal restorations)  
> is left out. he then mentions Jame's Gurney's Dinotopia talk. this  
> keynote was interesting and entertaining but not about real science  
> illustration. all this in a one page article leaves little room to  
> mention what science illustration really is and what GNSI typically  
> focuses on during a conference. in Omni magazine this would have been  
> expected. I guess when I see writings in journals such as Nature or  
> Science I am expecting an article written for scientists.
>  -frank
>> Hey, hey, hey! I got my copy of the Nature article and I didn't even  
>> need to make the trip to Tufts (not a long drive for distance, just  
>> the so-called "rush hour" traffic that lasts all day).
>> I've been looking at the link for a time and found that you didn't  
>> need to subscribe, however, the article still costs $32.00 and it was  
>> just one page! (Gulp!) So, I FINALLY decided to just write to the  
>> library at Tufts yesterday and received a PDF copy this morning.
>> It was well worth the wait folks!
>> Janet P. Wilkins
>>> From: gretchen halpert <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Date: 2008/07/29 Tue PM 06:51:33 CDT
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: [SCIART] conference publicity
>>> Hi all,Here are two links of interest:
>>> The first is from Jim Gurney's blog, with a very nice report of the  
>>> conference under July  
>>> 24th: 
>>> science-illustrators.html
>>> The second is an article that was in the Journal Nature. Your best  
>>> bet for reading it is from a university library unless you have a  
>>> subscription. The article came out the week before the conference  
>>> and was posted on the bulletin board at the  
>>> registration. 
>>> 454278a.html
>>> Both good press for the GNSI.
>>> The Ithaca conference committee rocks!
>>> Cheers,Gretchen
>>> Gretchen HalpertGNSI past-president (Gail, I owe you the  
>>> tiara.)Elmira, [log in to unmask]
> -- 
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