Save the Date for the 2016 Frank Armitage Lecture Series and Tribute
The University of Illinois at Chicago Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program
Frank Armitage epitomizes the word “visual genius.” His murals, his amazing background paintings for Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and the Jungle Book, his inside-the-body landscape paintings for Life Magazine, designs for Disney theme parks, and his Academy Award-winning set designs for the motion picture The Fantastic Voyage, are nothing short of legendary.
In 2006, Frank Armitage donated much of his medical art collection to the Biomedical Visualization graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. That same year, the College of Applied Health Sciences and the Biomedical Visualization graduate program established the Frank Armitage Lecture Series, both to honor this visionary and to highlight other “visual geniuses” who translate complex biomedical information into visual form. The lecture brings together experts from various disciplines in order to explore new opportunities for science visualization in the 21st Century.
On January 4th, 2016, the Biomedical Visualization graduate program lost a friend and inspiring mentor. The legendary artist Frank Armitage passed away peacefully at the age of 91. The Frank Armitage Lecture Series continues to honor his legacy in the field of medical illustration and ignite innovative solutions in biomedical visualization across numerous disciplines.
Founded in 1921 by Professor Thomas Smith Jones, the Biomedical Visualization program (BVIS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the second oldest accredited school of its kind and one of only four accredited graduate programs in North America providing professional training for careers in the visual communication of life science, medicine, and healthcare. With a renowned faculty and a curriculum that keeps pace with advances in science and technology, UIC's Biomedical Visualization program attracts graduate students from a variety of disciplines such as medicine, life science, art, sculpture, digital animation, and computer science.
While maintaining Tom Jones’ vision to educate “artist scientists,” the program has emerged as a leader in interdisciplinary training of life science visualization specialists who become highly skilled, professional illustrators, medical animators, web and media specialists, and anaplastologists. Because the Biomedical Visualization graduate program integrates life science, communication technology, learning science, research, and artistic training, it utilizes the academic resources of multiple departments throughout the UIC campus, one of the leading health research Universities in the United States. In addition, close relationships and unique internships with local professional medical organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, local museums, animation studios, software companies, medical advertising agencies, and other local prestigious universities and medical centers help contribute to a world-class education in a world-class city.
Daniel Garrison, PhD
Professor of Classics at Northwestern University
Gabriel Popescu, PhD
Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Quantitative Light Imaging Laboratory (QLI Lab) Director
Application Engineer for the Biomedical Engineering team at Materialise
Curator at the International Museum of Surgical Science
Seth Cooper, PhD
Creator and Developer of Foldit
Creative Director, Center for Game Science
Simon Alford, PhD
Arnon Lavie, PhD
UIC Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Indiana Hand Center
Medical Director and Partner
Dr. W. Paul Brown
Consulting Associate Professor
Dr. Michael Parker
Harvard Medical School
Vice-President & Ambassador Disney-Pixar
Former President Disney Imagineering
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The 2016 Frank Armitage Lecture will take place on the west side of the University of Illinois at Chicago's campus (Medical Center & Health Sciences Colleges). UIC is readily accessible by car, train, or bus.
UIC is served by the ‘L’ CTA trains: Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) and the Pink Line train (Polk stop), connecting the campus with downtown, O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.
CTA bus lines serving the campus include the 7-Harrison, 8-Halsted, 9-Ashland, 11-Lincoln/Sedgwick, 12-Roosevelt, 60-Blue Island/26th and 157-Streeterville/Taylor.
The Pace Suburban Bus operates an express route (Route 755 Plainfield - IMD Express) between Plainfield, Bolingbrook and the UIC campus and Illinois Medical District during weekday rush hours. The UIC campus is also two blocks west of the Greyhound Bus terminal.
From the North: Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) westbound and keep to the right; take the second exit from the Eisenhower Expressway, which is Ashland Avenue; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.
From the West: Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the Ashland Avenue exit; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.
From the East: Take Harrison Street or Roosevelt Road west to Wood Street. If you take Harrison Street, go south on Wood Street to the campus, or from Roosevelt Road go north on Wood Street to the campus.
From the South: Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) and exit on Roosevelt Road (1200 south); go west on Roosevelt Road to Wood Street; then go north on Wood Street to the campus.
For visitors, several cash lots are available on campus.
See above map for visitor parking locations.