Apr 10, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am





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Northwest artist Janet Essley asked scientists from a variety of fields for their thoughts on the question, What is the beauty of science? The responses were surprisingly similar. Essley’s conclusion: Beauty is essential in, to, and for the practice of science. Simple enough for a child to understand. Complex enough to interest philosophers for centuries.

On the HMSC Marine Science Day “main stage,” Essley will articulate her perspective using her paintings of the red knot shorebird, Calidris canutus, to illustrate key concepts. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of this live webinar.

Essley encourages visitors to then explore the rest of the event while keeping in mind the theme of how beauty and science are connected. At the event, visitors will be introduced to the findings of scientific research illustrated with dazzling images created through state-of-the-art technologies.

Janet Essley is a Northwest artist, muralist, and art educator recognized for excellence in all three roles by the Washington State Arts Commission. She has led collaborative murals with youth and community groups for the past 30 years in the USA, Mexico, and Central America. Her personal work, including A Cultural Cartography of Red Knots, focuses on environmental issues and has been exhibited nationally and abroad. As a lay naturalist and citizen scientist, she has participated as technical support in field studies and education advocacy for a variety of marine biology projects. She is best known in the scientific and conservation community for her work on Red Knots, Calidris canutus. By some, she is known as Dr. Knot, but she is not a real doctor. She has a master’s degree in art.

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