This year, three free pre-conference workshops will be offered at Bryant University, immediately preceding the GRC (July 8-10). Two two-day workshops will be held concurrently (July 8-9, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, both days), as well as one half-day workshop on Sunday (July 10, 1:00-3:00 pm). Participants must choose between workshops #1 and #2, and are encouraged to participate in workshop #3.
Pre-conference workshops* are open only to registered GRC participants. Funding covers all participant costs, including accommodation and meals from Friday noon until GRC check-in Sunday afternoon.**
Pre-Conference Workshop #1
3D Scientific Visualization - (2-day, July 8-9, 9:00 a.m - 5:00 pm)
This 3D Scientific Visualization workshop will introduce participants to the power and flexibility of 3D animation software from the entertainment industry for the creation of accurate scientific visualizations. In addition to providing a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the toolsets within Maya and Blender (i.e. modeling, surfacing, animation, dynamics and rendering), we will show how these packages have been extended and enhanced for scientific visualization. Specifically, the BioBlender and Molecular Maya plug-ins will be showcased for the creation of molecular visualizations. The overall goal of this workshop is not to become fully proficient in 3D animation software (which can take years!) but rather to provide a thorough introduction to this set of tools so that participants may assess their potential usefulness in the context of their own research. An extensive set of follow-up learning resources for participants continued training beyond the workshop will be provided. Workshop Outline
Workshop #1 is full! Applications no longer being accepted.
Note that this workshop runs concurrently with workshop #2.
Pre-Conference Workshop #2
Assessing the Effectiveness of Visualization Projects - (2-day, July 8-9, 9:00 a.m - 5:00 pm)
Note that this workshop runs concurrently with workshop #1.
Pre-Conference Workshop #3
Creating Collaborative Communities - (Sunday July 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm)
Online tools for sharing, building community, and enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations. The biennial meetings of the Visualization in Science and Education GRC have generated many lasting friendships and interdisciplinary collaborations over the years.
We all value the diversity and creativity of the community we have created. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce social media tools that can deepen the conference experience in the week ahead; expand, enhance and enrich our connections to each other; and keep those connections going in the intervals between conferences. Activities will be hands-on, using computers in a Bryant University lab.
We will model and discuss ways of using tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Netvibes, blogs, and virtual worlds for reflection, collaboration and networking. The NSF has asked our community to produce a report on the outcomes of the conference over the years with suggestions for future research directions. One of our main goals is to put this workshop's social media tools to work for us during (and after!) the conference in order to fulfill that request.
* Pre-conference workshops are not affiliated with the Gordon Research Conferences, workshop applications are not accepted on the GRC website.
** Arriving participants are responsible for any accommodation costs for Thursday night preceding workshops and for transfers to Bryant University. Lodging and airport transfer information will be provided to participants.