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Conference to promote image/writing collaborations slated for next week

"Image and Meaning: Envisioning and Communicating Science and Technology," a conference to promote new collaborations among researchers, imaging experts and science writers, will be held at MIT June 13-16.

Conference highlights include two free public evening events: "Images in Science," a discussion moderated by Alan Lightman, the John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities, with authors Susan Sontag, Roger Penrose and E.O. Wilson; and "Science as Spectacle," including envoys from Hollywood special-effects studios.

Conference seminar topics will range from space imaging to microscopy to the uses of imagery in scientific journals and in the mass media. Go to the conference web site to register or for more information.

Photographer Felice Frankel, research scientist in electrical engineering and computer science, is chair of the conference; the co-chair is Boyce Rensberger, director of the Knight Journalism Fellowship Program.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 6, 2001.

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