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Artist-Scientist Brothers Combine Talents to build Scientific Literacy

Retina Regeneration, an animated film by UMass Dartmouth Professor of Design Harvey Goldman, is a scientific visualization project that animates one aspect of the research done in the Professor Daniel Goldman's Lab

Two brothers, one a UMass Dartmouth  digital animation professor and the other a University of Michigan bio-chemistry professor, have combined their talents to teach and excite people about the miracle of nervous system regeneration. The effort is part of the field of scientific visualization where the mission is to improve scientific literacy and break down the communication barriers between scientists and other citizens.

Retina Regeneration, an animated film by UMass Dartmouth Professor of Design Harvey Goldman, is a scientific visualization project that animates one aspect of the research done in the Professor Daniel Goldman's Lab at the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The lab focuses on mechanisms of repair following damage to the retina. The lab uses transgenic zebrafish as a model system to identify mechanisms underlying successful central nervous system regeneration.

"For me, as a visual artist/designer, it is meaningful to be able to play a part, however small it may be, to the field of scientific research, education and discovery," Goldman said. "On a personal note, it was a thrill to be able to work with my brother Danny on a project which spanned both our areas of interest."

Retina Regeneration was selected for the 44th International Popular- Scientific and Documentary Film Festival Academia Film Olomouc that took place in the Czech Republic from April 14-19. In addition, it earned an honorable mention award in the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The festival, one of the oldest and most respected in the field of scientific visualization, will feature approximately 200 films created by artists from all over the world. The event includes screenings, discussions with filmmakers and lectures by international experts on a range of topics. Visit  www.harveygoldman.com/animation.htm or www.mbni.med.umich.edu/mbni/faculty/goldman/goldman.html.



 

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  28-May-2009
Department:   College of Visual & Performing Arts

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