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Transylvania Data Viz Thursdays to feature transformative field of data visualization

The application of data visualization is transforming a wide variety of professions—and our understanding of each other. It is being used to replace vertebrae, explore human relationships and translate complex realities into a single clarifying graphic.

On three consecutive Thursdays beginning Jan. 24, Transylvania University will host discussions with professionals who use data visualization in the fields of art, journalism and life sciences.

These Data Viz talks, which are part of Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence Series, are free and open to the public. They are supported by our Digital Liberal Arts initiative and coincide with the Morlan Gallery’s “Data, Mine” exhibition.
Jan. 24: “Data, Mine” Art Talk & Exhibition
Artists Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick use data visualization to explore relationships, surveillance, migration and the politics of landscape. They’ve appeared on the TED Talk stage, The Colbert Report, National Public Radio and WIRED magazine. Now you can see their work in the Morlan Gallery (beginning Jan. 16) and attend their talk, “You’re Being Followed: A Discussion about Data Prediction, Privacy, and Digital Tracking,” which will be moderated by Emily Goodman, assistant professor of art history.
Carrick Theater on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. (reception to follow in Morlan Gallery)

Jan. 31: Data Visualization with Tim Meko of The Washington Post
As the Post’s deputy graphics director, Meko uses data, design and code to distill the most complicated information into decipherable and often stunning visuals. The Transy alumnus will talk about his work and how he taps into his liberal arts education to do the job.
Carrick Theater on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m.  
Feb. 7: The Future of Biomedical Visualization
Medmovie translates life sciences information into comprehensible visual stories. 3D Systems creates digital anatomical models and animation for medical schools and research, and is involved in biomedical design and surgical application (3D printing surgical elements). Learn from the people who do the work, including Kim and Rick Gersony of Medmovie and Miles Frasca of 3D Systems.
Carrick Theater on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m.