Photo credit: Canine Eye by James E. Hayden
The arts and sciences unite in presentations of photography and writing as University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
celebrates “Images of Humanities and Science” during its annual Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities. The week-long celebration from Jan. 26-30, 2009, includes events such as book signings, a nature photography contest, and a lecture and photography workshop by James E. Hayden, manager of the Wistar Institute’s Microscopy Core Facility in Philadelphia
University of the Sciences has a long tradition of bridging the arts and the sciences, from the famous photography of Frederick Gutekunst, an 1853 graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy known as the “dean of American photographers,” to the student exchange agreement with The University of the Arts. The Misher Festival celebrates the University’s legacy while enlightening audiences with an array of events, speakers, and experiences.
The festival features noted microscopist, James E. Hayden, RBP, FBCA, whose imagery and graphics have appeared in children’s books, textbooks, nature magazines, scientific calendars, and on the covers of numerous scientific journals. Throughout the week, Hayden, who will hold the title of the 2009 Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities, will host several workshops and lectures, including a presentation on the role of images in scientific research. Hayden will also conduct a hands-on workshop on how to use a digital camera like a pro, and host a tour and lecture on the Nikon International Small World photomicrography competition currently on free public exhibit at the Wistar Institute in University City
. Hayden earned an “Image of Distinction” honor in this year’s Small World competition for his image of common thrips (Thripidae) taken at 40X magnification with fluorescence.
Other events include an “Images of Nature” digital photography contest for faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and students judged by Justin Rectenwald of Rectenwald Studio in Philadelphia
, and an interactive presentation on solving the riddles of medical history by investigating photographic images, hosted by Dr. Roy Robson, professor of history.