I just received this from my professional organization, the Association of Medical Illustrators. I am proud that they have taken a stand, and I would love for GNSI to consider a similar position. I am personally considering going to the march for science on Earth Day in Washington. It would be good to have a contingent of science illustrators there!
Sorry in advance for waxing political! But the future of our environment and of our livelihoods are impacted by the dismissal of the scientific method by our new government.
Members of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) have many job titles - Biomedical Communicator, Visual Specialist, Creative Director, Product Designer, Animator, Medical Illustrator, to name just a few. Whatever the title, the driving force behind all of these is a mandate to clearly and accurately explain scientific facts and ideas with visuals. AMI members are fascinated by scientific exploration, and have a passion for illuminating the science of life.
Science is a method for uncovering how things work - the beautiful mystery of our bodies, the tiny worlds of subatomic physics, the complex machinery of biochemistry, the awe-inspiring energies of stars and galaxies. It is intrinsically human to be curious, and science is the tool we use to focus our curiosity by observing, gathering data, and finding answers about the universe. Scientists rely on the unfettered flow of information as they make discoveries to inform and direct each other's work. The lay public needs the free flow of information about science and its discoveries in order to make rational decisions about our lives, our health, and our impact on the world.
Recent events in the USA have raised concerns about the suppression of scientific evidence and restricting access to information. Whatever our individual political or ideological beliefs, AMI members around the world are engaged in a profession that stands at the center of communicating science - between researchers, among medical professionals, from science professionals to the public, and for future generations. We have a fundamental calling to increase and enhance understanding about scientific matters.
In that spirit, the AMI supports the free flow of information about science and the answers it uncovers because #ScienceMatters. Suppressing scientific information is detrimental to a healthy society, so we will continue to use our unique skills and talents as visual storytellers to clearly explain the vitally important and fascinating information that science and society demands.
#ScienceMatters, #SciComm, #SciArt, #MedArt, #BioArt
Chris Gralapp, MA, CMI, FAMI
eyeart at chrisgralapp.com
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