The Lamson Learning Commons at PSU is hosting an exhibit, Art from Environmental Data, from April 4th – June 26th, 2015. The exhibit is located on the main level of Lamson. Please join us for the opening reception and gallery talk on Tuesday, April 21st, 4-6 pm. The exhibit is coordinated by Mark Green and PSU’s Center for the Environment. The curator of the exhibit is Jen Green, digital librarian at Lamson Learning Commons.
Mark Green noted, “As scientists, we produce and process data that helps us interpret and quantify the world around us. At times we realize that the data visualizations we produce might be interesting to non-scientists. By embracing these times and sharing our work with the broader world, we can improve our skill at engaging and informing the general public in scientific discovery. Aesthetics play a major role in this engagement. In this exhibit, we’re showing the types of images that arise from our environmental research, and in some cases, going above and beyond what we would normally do to emphasize the artistic aspect of our data. In both cases, we are providing our perspective as scientists. We are presenting to you the perspective of scientists and no one else. This exhibit is an opportunity to show the aesthetics that come from or can be produced from our scientific processes.”
Mark Green is a PSU professor and hydrologist, focused on forests and their role in regulating water movement and water quality. He and his students study the hydrologic cycle using water tracing techniques and data mining of large public databases. He teaches graduate classes in data visualization, forest ecology, and watershed hydrology. A major aspect of Mark’s work is serving as a research hydrologist with the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. This exhibit is in collaboration with and features the work of colleagues and students representing Plymouth State University and the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service.