Visual Storytelling with Data: From the Basics to Science Communication

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Visual Storytelling with Data: From the Basics to Science Communication

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 |  3:00 pm Central time

You have data – now what? Data visualization can take your research to the next level, whether by helping you with data analysis or science communication. This webinar will introduce you to what visualization can do for you, how to target various audiences, and different methods of data representation. Looking to make broad public impact? Then cinematic scientific visualization is for you. This style of data viz can be seen in museums, documentary films, and viral social media, and it has the potential to reach millions of people worldwide. I-GUIDE has expertise and partners that can help you reach general audiences.


Dr. Vetria Byrd is an Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology in the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. Her research agenda develops a progressive learning path for teaching and learning data visualization, and addressing educational gaps in teaching diverse audiences in diverse settings about data visualization. She is the founder and organizer of BPViz: Broadening Participation in Visualization Workshop which broadens participation and builds data visualization capacity of women and persons with limited access to visualization resources. She is a member of the NSF-supported I-GUIDE Education and Workforce Development Team.


Kalina Borkiewicz is the director of the NCSA Visualization Program Office and the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL). She has been creating scientific visualizations for public outreach since 2014, and the AVL team has a history going back to the 1990’s under Donna Cox. Kalina has a computer science background and has contributed to a number of visualization software efforts, including Ytini ( She is a member of the NSF-supported I-GUIDE Engagement & Partnerships Team.



Discussant:  Mark SubbaRao leads NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. Before joining NASA in 2020, Mark spent 18 years at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, where he produced planetarium shows and designed museum exhibits featuring data-driven scientific visualizations. During 2019-2020 Mark served as President of the International Planetarium Society (IPS), where he spearheaded the ‘Data to Dome’ initiative – an effort to prepare the planetarium community for the big data era.



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