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Shark lady & Forest queen

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The New York Academy of Sciences is presenting a series of talks by women scientists, Girls’ night out. I’ve been to two, Eugenie Clark: Shark Lady and Nalini Nadkarni: Queen of the Forest Canopy. Both were great. Good science told by fascinating speakers. I invited my nieces, Iris and Delia, to the talks, but they couldn’t come—school nights. So I sketched the speakers to make posters for my nieces: Shark lady & Forest queen. And I got books autographed.

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April 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

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Beyond journals: A media workshop at NYU

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Beyond journals“—a media workshop held at NYU on January 26, 2010—gives a glimpse of academics on the brink. Six professors—Amodio, Heilman, Jost, Marcus, Pelli, Phelps—and a savvy publicist—Cerand—present diverse views of old and new media. I convened and reported the event.
The seven speakers

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February 16, 2010 at 2:14 am

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Drawing dancing

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Sketch of dancerDrawing dancing. On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, I took the 19 students of my “Experiments in beauty” class to Terry Rosenberg’s painting studio in SoHo to sketch Jody Sperling dancing. Most of the semester was devoted to learning what science is by doing it. This session was devoted to learning what art is by doing it. We present photos, a sketch, and a video of the event, and nearly 125 charcoal sketches, by the students, of the dancing.Drawing dancing

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February 14, 2010 at 1:41 am

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Observing Turrell’s skyspace

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Observing Turrell's skyspaceObserving Turrell’s skyspace at PS1. James Turrell “Meeting” skyspace at PS1 Museum in Long Island City, NY. 4-5 PM, Monday, November 23, 2009. A very faint rain fell for most of the hour. The sun set at 4:32 PM. We report nearly twenty observations recorded by the students of my “Experiments in Beauty” undergraduate psychology class at NYU. This is a one-page epilog to my 2005 chapter “What is observation” on taking students to observe Turrell’s piece. “Skyspace” is a 2006 NPR Studio 360 radio interview of me about this by Kurt Andersen, produced by Laura Starecheski.

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February 14, 2010 at 12:39 am

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Publishing is the new literacy

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Published “The Writing Revolution” with Chuck Bigelow in Seed: Science is Culture (October 2009) on the history and future of reading and authorship. Cody Brown summed it up as “Publishing is the new literacy.” Received one thousand links and ten thousand visitors. See comments and our responses at the New York Times.
The history of authorship

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February 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

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The uncrowded window

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Demonstration that all objects have the same critical spacing for crowding.
Of all my journal papers, I’d single out this one, with Kat Tillman, to represent my research to date. “Crowding” is a breakdown of object recognition due to the combining of features over an inappropriately large area. Most of our visual field is crowded most of the time. The spared central field is the uncrowded window through which we recognize objects and read.
Pelli, D. G., & Tillman, K. A. (2008) The uncrowded window of object recognition. Nature Neuroscience, 11(10):1129-1135.  [PDF, including supplement]

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February 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm

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