Science Illustration as Science
I am an honors student at the University of Kansas pursuing two undergraduate degrees in each Biology and Art. I have been working for the last 14 months as a scientific illustrator, and am hoping to apply for departmental honors in Biology using this as my scientific research. In talking with faculty, many of them have reservations about scientific illustration as science, seeing this as valuable work, but more in the realm of communications (communicating scientific objects to an audience using a variety of means). Do you or the other members of GNSI consider yourselves scientists? What arguments are there for scientific illustration as a science, not as an expressive art nor as a means to communicate science without participating directly in its advancement?
Nicole McClure, Dean's Scholar, Senior, Honors, Biology and Painting