Wanted from #UCDavis peeps: visual media that integrates “Art and Biology”

Just got this email from Daniel Friedman here and thought I would share (with his permission)

Dear Dr. Eisen

This quarter, within MCB121 a group of students are starting a journal that integrates molecular biology with writing and creative work by campus community members. I am the art editor for the journal, and would be honored if I could solicit a commissioned piece from you to be published in an upcoming issue. Should you so decide to participate in this fun challenge, your prompt would be:

With visual media (digital, pen/paper, paint etc) and no written words, represent, explore, or explain a biological phenomenon that excites you – perhaps from your own research, perhaps just something you have always thought was cool.

It would be awesome to see the intersection of personality and quirkiness of each individual professor’s worldview against the common backdrop of a subject matter that we all know and love. Also, please feel free to send this email to any of your colleagues who might be interested – I have certainly only encountered a small fraction of the interesting campus peoples.

Thank you very much for your time, let me know if you have any questions. Peace,

Daniel Friedman


Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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