Syllabus
Geology 7200 - Fall 2014
Scientific Communication and Visualization
  Wednesday 12:30- 3:20 pm
E-207 Howe-Russell

Instructor: Prof. Barb Dutrow
    Rm 203 Howe-Russell Building (Old Geology)
    Office hours: 1:00 - 2:00 T-Th; or by appointment
    Class Home Page: http://www.geol.lsu.edu/dutrow/presn
    E-mail: dutrow@lsu.edu

Required Text:
   
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (Tufte, 1997)
   Cognitive style of powerpoint (Tufte, electronic version)
    (these are available on amazon or through the Tufte website - edwardtufte.com - electronic versions available)

Highly Recommended Texts:
    The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd Ed. (Tufte, 2001)
    The Elements of Style (Strunk and White)    
    American Geological Institute - Geowriting (2005)

   

Readings:
    Reading assignments should be completed prior to class. They are taken from recommended texts (Tufte, 1997) as well as 

    from peer-reviewed scientific literature. 

Goals: Students will acquire tools to analyze and present quantitative data using correct cognative techniques and styles to effectively communicate scientific topics; formulate an oral and poster presentation,  prepare a written, journal-appropriate research paper and a grant proposal.

Course Expectations:



Lecture Schedule
(Tentative - depending on hurricane season and class progress)


It is expected that the students have read the assignments prior to class for the background necessary to properly learn the content, apply the concepts addressed and ask questions for clarity.
Policy states that
for each hour you are in class, you should plan to spend at least two hours outside of class (preparing for the next class and completing homework).
 
August
(date)
Topic
 (lecture and activity)
Reading - to be completed prior to class
Assignments - due dates shown
27

Part I: Visualization of Scientific Data
 

Why do we visualize? Why is this important?
        Vision & Cognition  (notes)
(Dutrow absent, attending IMA)

READING: Do you see what I see?  Dutrow, 2007, Elements

Homework:  Due 10 Sept.
    1. Graphics in geologic literature. 
         Sumarize quantity, type, style per journal
     2. E-mail research topic to Dr. Dutrow by 8 Sept.
 September
 

 3
Quantitative Communication
   
Visual and Statistical Thinking
      Images, quantities, space

      History of Graphics; Escaping flatland


(Dutrow absent, attending IMA)
Read and be prepared for discussion:

Tufte (1997), Chpt. 1 and 2
 
- How is visualization used to convey information?

Develop place map for your thesis research topic. If no place, develop introductory figure.
10
 Introduction to the class  
 
(notes)

Visual assessment/knowledge survey: Graphics in geo/scientific literature
    Discussion of homework
    Discussion of Reading assignments

Graphics as an observational tool (cf. analysis and presentation)

Analysis Graphics
Graphics Tools: data maps, images, diagrams, graphs, f(x,t), f(x,y,z,t) vector fields,  animation + df/dt, tensor fields, multivariate;  2D vs. 3D

Graphics Grammar; nouns/verbs e.g. physical boundaries vs. process

Problem solving by data analyses


   
 
Homework: Due 17 Sept. 
    Problem Set 1: Analyzing large data sets of heat transport near intrusives
(handed out in class)
Fridays
Attend Wilbert Lecture
 critique

17
Discussion of Problem Set 1: analysis graphics homework

Presentation Graphics
   
Prior knowledge
       Apprehension Principle
    Design Strategies
        congruence principle
        graphic integrity, design density (maps), chartjunk,

        smallest effective difference
        Dos and don'ts
     Design types
         time-space narratives,
         small multiples


     Image processing & mischief (integrity)

     Deriving Meaning
        Color: 
            use and misuse  (Powerpoint)
            printers vs. computer screens


Software: Introduction to xmgrace

Discussion of place/introductory figure

Read and discuss: Tufte (1997) Chpt 4, 6,

EOS 73: Mar. 2, 1992 (Flat Venus society)

Examples of analysis and presentation graphics

Scan: Sevre et al. (2008) Visualization of tsunami waves....Visual  Geoscience.
 
Scan: Carlson et al. Electronic Geoscience (1999)

Homework: Due 24 Sept.
 
Problem Set 2: Presentation
graphics for  heat transport analyses

 

24
Parallelism

Understanding geologic phenomena  from quantitative graphics, visualization - discussion of  papers in literature

Discussion/ presentation of Problem Set 2: Presentation graphics

Lecture:
Data Resolution
     raster graphics (e.g. remote sensed data, hi resolution computing) 
     vector graphics

Bleeding Edge
    
hardware (CAVE,   I-Desk, I-WALL)
         parallel vis. real t vis, large data sets, virtual

Visualization and animations in geoscience
    Do they communicate?

    Examples of Netlogo modeling, perthite formation (bring portable to class), heat and mass transport animations of calculations.
 

     Desktop  visualization (AVS, tecplot, PV-WAVE, IBM explorer, etc.) 
     Intro to AVS;  Demo of AVS

Data from research - discussion
Read and discuss: Tufte (1997) Chpt 5

 

 Read/scan for discussion:Karki and Chennamsetty (06) Visual Geoscience

Bring data set of research materials to class, portable computer, if available.


Homework: Due 1 October
  Refine place map of research area using principles
learned to date


October



  1
Presentation of refined graphics/map  for research


Quiz - Part I: Visual communication (1 hr)

Homework: Due 8 Octoberr

Problem Set 3: Analyze data sets from thesis research

   (F)
 attend Wilbert Lecture -
 critique
  8
Discussion of Problem Set 3: Analyze data sets from thesis research
                        Presentation graphics for research with class input


Part II: Scientific Communication - Technical Writing
Overview

    Target audience - Discussion of papers
   

    Journal Styles, Impact Factors, Form
  Discipline Specific Technical Writing vs.  Thesis Writing
   (compare)

Writing Constraints:

Titles, Introduction, Methods

Brainstorm points - Outline of Research Paper (in class)
Hand in redo of presentation graphics for research

Read: AGI style guide - chpt 1 - 3.

Read papers on carbon sequestration - designed for different target audiences.
Scientific American, Physics Today, Geology, Science; answer questions.

Homework: Due 15 October
    Find style guide for publication of choice
- print out for reference
   
Begin.writing Intro and Methods for thesis/research topic

 15
Writing, Proofing, Reviewing, Revising:
 

   Results, Discussion and Interpretations (fact vs. fiction)

   Conclusions; References  

   Putting it all together:   Abstracts

        in class exercise on abstracts

Manuscript for scientific journal, rewrite, revise

    External Review of  Manuscripts

AGI style guide - Read chpts. 5-9

Homework: Due 29 October
Writing results/interpretation for thesis/research topic, abstract

Review words, figures, graphics, etc for class
Revise -

AGI style guide - Read chpts.  10 - 13

Read: Writing Reviews: chpt. 14 Geowriting


22
 
    GSA meeting  - refine graphics, edit papers



29

Grant Writing: GSA Style

Preparing for paper for publication 

Part III:  Oral Scientific Communication

Professional meetings, invited lectures, thesis defense
    Dealing with Anxiety
    Target Audience - Analyzing Audience,

     Planning Presentation - Stage 1

 
Read 11.12 AGI guide
continue analyzing data, developing
results; 

Chpt. 15-17  AGI; Preparing paper for publication:

Homework: Due 5 November
Writing grant application:

Revise research paper, abstract

AGI Chpt. 14, 15

Preparing oral presentation on research topic

 November

5
Planning Presentation - Stage 2
        Objectives, 
        Brainstorming presentation - main points
           for oral presentation on research topic

Visual Aids for Oral Presentations:
     Graphics, Words, Content
         slide prep.
     Review of visuals/ graphic analyses  material

Preparing oral presentation tips
VI - Magic

Discussion: Cognitive Style of Powerpoint


Read: Congitive Style of Powerpoint (Tufte)

Read: handouts, Magic in Tufte R
 
Read Chpt. 7 AGI

Homework: Due 12 November
 
Preparing oral presentation on research topic


 
 12

Student Practice - practice Oral Presentations  (2 hrs)
(AGU Style practice  judging by students) 

Developing posters: Oral and Written Communication

Review of  Posters in department

Preparing, presenting Posters  -
 (Powerpoint, Illustrator)

Edit oral presentation, continue working on paper

Homework: Due 19 November
Preliminary poster
 

  19
Discussion of Poster Draft in class

Poster edit - in class

 
Preliminary  poster due - print out on 8x11.5" paper
Revise

 attend Wilbert Lecture - 
 critique


 
26

Thanksgiving holiday



December


 3
Student Research Reports - Oral Presentation - 2 hrs

Discussion, posters, papers

AGU Style Judging by students
10
Final Exam
Poster Presentations -  by Students - 1 hr
FINAL Paper Due- well organized and well designed format for research topic
AGU Style Judging by students
 



last updated: August 13, 2014

Evaluation:  Based on presentations, research paper, mid-term exam,  assignments and quizzes, and class participation.
                    1. Exam 1 - 20%
                    2. Homework, quizzes, participation - 20%
                    3. Oral Presentation Final - 20 %
                    4. Poster Presentation Final - 15 %
                    5. Written Paper Final - 25%


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