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Two UCSC alumni win awards for excellence in science communication
Two UCSC alumni win awards for excellence in science communication

UCSC ALUMNI

2022-10-31

UC Santa Cruz News

Two UCSC alumni win awards for excellence in science communication

Tim Stephens

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Two UC Santa Cruz alumni—Jessica Kendall-Bar, who earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology in 2022, and Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, who earned his M.S. in science communication in 2019—are among the inaugural recipients of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communication, given by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in partnership with Schmidt Futures.

Kendall-Bar, now a Scripps Postdoctoral Scholar at UC San Diego, is the top winner in the “Research Scientist: Graduate Student” category for her work at UC Santa Cruz on data visualization tools and animations to help scientists communicate their findings.

National Academies Announce Inaugural Recipients of Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications
National Academies Announce Inaugural Recipients of Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications

NEW AWARD

2022-10-12

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

National Academies Announce Inaugural Recipients of Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine & Schmidt Futures

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WASHINGTON — Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced the inaugural recipients of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communication, given by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in partnership with Schmidt Futures. Supported by Schmidt Futures, these prestigious awards recognize science journalists and research scientists who have developed creative, original work that addresses issues and advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine for the general public.

A total of 24 awards were announced — 12 awards for best science communication by research scientists and 12 awards for science journalists, split among six categories. In each of the categories, one $40,000 top prize and three $20,000 awards will be given, totaling $600,000.

Data Driven Animation for Science Communication Promo
Data Driven Animation for Science Communication Promo

NEW COURSE

2022-03-24

UCSC Online Education

Data Driven Animation for Science Communication Promo

UCSC Online Education

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New UC-wide online course: UCSC SCIP110, Data-Driven Animation for Science Communication. Coming Spring 2023!
Created in collaboration with UCSC Online Education, UCSC Science Communication Program, CSUMB Science Illustration Program, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Data-driven animations of marine mammals combine biology, art, and computation
Data-driven animations of marine mammals combine biology, art, and computation

DATA ANIMATION

2021-10-27

UC Santa Cruz News

Data-driven animations of marine mammals combine biology, art, and computation

Tim Stephens

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In her first year as a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, Jessica Kendall-Bar began working as a freelance artist and started thinking about how to integrate her art and science more intentionally. Four years later, her work on animations to help scientists communicate their findings has led to the development of a powerful set of tools and procedures for generating realistic, data-driven animations of animal behavior.

Risk versus reward on the high seas – skinny elephant seals trade safety for sustenance
Risk versus reward on the high seas – skinny elephant seals trade safety for sustenance

RISK & REWARD

2021-03-17

The Conversation

Risk versus reward on the high seas – skinny elephant seals trade safety for sustenance

Roxanne Beltran & Jessica Kendall-Bar

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We are two biologists studying diving behavior and sleep in marine mammals. Specifically, we are fascinated by the decisions that elephant seals make as they roam the open ocean and navigate extreme changes in their environment and their own bodies. The open ocean is a dangerous place, and animals have to continuously weigh the risks of predation, starvation and exhaustion. Choosing when to rest and when to feed has serious consequences.

Labside Chats: A Conversation with a Scientist, featuring Jessica Kendall-Bar, Ph.D. Candidate
Labside Chats: A Conversation with a Scientist, featuring Jessica Kendall-Bar, Ph.D. Candidate

LABSIDE CHAT

2021-02-25

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Labside Chats: A Conversation with a Scientist, featuring Jessica Kendall-Bar, Ph.D. Candidate

Jen Cormier

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Rewatch an exclusive Elephant Seal Celebration Week Labside Chat with Jessica Kendall-Bar, Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at UC Santa Cruz, from Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM PST.

Learn more about marine mammal sleep patterns and brain function, with an emphasis on northern elephant seals.

Art as Science Communication
Art as Science Communication

PODCAST

2020-10-04

Santa Cruz Naturalist: KSQD Radio

Art as Science Communication

Theadora Block

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This week on Santa Cruz Naturalist we talk with Jessie Kendall-Bar, a Ph.D. student at UC Santa Cruz in the Ecology & Evolutionary biology department. She studies the neurophysiology of sleep in marine mammals, specializing in elephant seals.

Learn how Jessie researches elephant seal sleep and some of the differences between marine mammal and human sleep.

How do elephant seals sleep? Part 2
How do elephant seals sleep? Part 2

PODCAST

2020-10-04

Santa Cruz Naturalist: KSQD Radio

How do elephant seals sleep? Part 2

Theadora Block

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This week on Santa Cruz Naturalist we talk with Jessie Kendall-Bar, a Ph.D. student at UC Santa Cruz in the Ecology & Evolutionary biology department. She studies the neurophysiology of sleep in marine mammals, specializing in elephant seals.

Learn how Jessie researches elephant seal sleep and some of the differences between marine mammal and human sleep.

How do elephant seals sleep? Part 1
How do elephant seals sleep? Part 1

PODCAST

2020-09-07

Santa Cruz Naturalist: KSQD Radio

How do elephant seals sleep? Part 1

Theadora Block

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This week on Santa Cruz Naturalist we talk with Jessie Kendall-Bar, a Ph.D. student at UC Santa Cruz in the Ecology & Evolutionary biology department. She studies the neurophysiology of sleep in marine mammals, specializing in elephant seals.

Learn how Jessie researches elephant seal sleep and some of the differences between marine mammal and human sleep.

Looking for Marla’ teaches inclusivity
Looking for Marla’ teaches inclusivity

NEW BOOK

2019-11-30

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Looking for Marla’ teaches inclusivity

Rachel Kippen

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Medina joined forces with a small squad of impressive colleagues including Audrey Ford, a UC Santa Cruz Marine Biology graduate and ocean conservation educator, and Jessica Kendall-Bar, an artist and marine scientist doctorate National Science Foundation graduate research fellow at UCSC studying the neurobiology of marine mammals.

​The trio, Team Marla, began composing a new story, “Looking for Marla,” an inclusive underwater fish tale that reclaims what was omitted from Nemo.”

Launch party for children's book 'Looking for Marla' November 15 at MAH
Launch party for children's book 'Looking for Marla' November 15 at MAH

BOOK LAUNCH

2019-11-07

UC Santa Cruz News

Launch party for children's book 'Looking for Marla' November 15 at MAH

Public Affairs

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UCSC graduate students Paloma Medina and Jessica Kendall-Bar and alumna Audrey Ford collaborated on the illustrated tale of a clownfish in transition.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History will host a book launch event on Friday, November 15, for the new children's book Looking for Marla, written and illustrated by graduate students at UC Santa Cruz. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature performances by local artists.

Interview with Ventana Surfboards with Event Santa Cruz
Interview with Ventana Surfboards with Event Santa Cruz

RADIO

2019-08-30

KSQD Community Radio

Interview with Ventana Surfboards with Event Santa Cruz

Event Santa Cruz

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"Jessie is one of our favorites.. I always call her a polymath, which is someone who is an expert in like 48 different things, so when I'm commenting about her and our collaboration, I feel like I have to list this huge resume because she's so amazing."
-David Dennis of Ventana Surfboards

Watch this radio interview with local KSQD radio during one of Event Santa Cruz's specials on Ventana Surfboards, who create sustainable surfboards.

Combining science and illustration
Combining science and illustration

DREAM JOB

2019-07-16

UC Santa Cruz News

Combining science and illustration

Peggy Townsend

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Ph.D. student Jessica Kendall-Bar is fascinated by how wild marine mammals sleep, and also passionate about using art to explain science.

​Burning Man isn’t a place where you’d expect to find a presentation on research into the sleep patterns of marine mammals. But the week-long extravaganza of creativity in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada is exactly where Jessica Kendall-Bar, a Ph.D. student in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, plans to screen a dreamlike, animated video she created. The film centers on her study into the similarities and differences between the sleep patterns of humans and wild marine mammals through a fantastical story of an underwater friendship between a woman and a seal.

An Enchanted Tour of the Kelp Forest: Go Underwater with Scientist and Artist
Jessie Kendall-Bar
An Enchanted Tour of the Kelp Forest: Go Underwater with Scientist and Artist
Jessie Kendall-Bar

PODCAST

2019-02-20

Salted Spirit Podcast

An Enchanted Tour of the Kelp Forest: Go Underwater with Scientist and Artist
Jessie Kendall-Bar

Stacie Randall

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"My weekly guest for today is absolutely amazing; my friend Katherine Terrell from Costa Rica describes my guest as a 'whip smart scientist, poised, super talented artist and amazing water woman.'..

​Get comfy and settle in with your favorite cup of tea, because Jessie Kendall-Bar is about to take you on a magical tour of the sea. If you’ve never been scuba diving or seen an enchanted kelp forest, allow Jessie to enlighten your senses with her storytelling, and teach you about some of the most fascinating species on this earth. One of the most multi-faceted young women I know, Jessie is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department studying marine mammals. She’s also an underwater photographer, illustrator and overall passionate waterwoman, to name a few. She leverages her creativity and art to communicate scientific results, a refreshing way to learn an often complex topic. I hope you enjoy geeking out on marine mammals, biology and art as much as I did in this episode with Jessie!

EPS Undergraduate Student Jessica Kendall-Bar and Her Third Expedition at Sea Highlighted in UC Berkeley News
EPS Undergraduate Student Jessica Kendall-Bar and Her Third Expedition at Sea Highlighted in UC Berkeley News

EPS UNDERGRAD

2016-08-23

UC Berkeley Earth and Planetary Science

EPS Undergraduate Student Jessica Kendall-Bar and Her Third Expedition at Sea Highlighted in UC Berkeley News

Earth and Planetary Science

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Earth & Planetary Science Department undergraduate senior student Jessica Kendall-Bar is taking part in her third expedition at sea aboard the USS Oceanus. Kendall-Bar is majoring in marine science in the EPS Department, which gives her the opportunity to work at sea with Professor James Bishop on how carbon dioxide is sequestered in the oceans. Kendall-Bar is a UC Regents scholar at Berkeley planning to graduate December 2016. Kendall-Bar is writing her honors thesis, after utiliizing the Charles H. Ramsden Endowed Fund to travel to Russia and conduct electrophysiological sleep recordings in two fur seals at the Utrish Marine Mammal Station.

A floating classroom for students
A floating classroom for students

FLOATING CLASSROOM

2016-08-19

UC Berkeley News

A floating classroom for students

Carol Ness

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The voyage of the Oceanus is senior Jessica Kendall-Bar’s third expedition at sea, which makes her a old hand among the group of students who are plying the California coast for 10 days in the name of research. Kendall-Bar is majoring in marine science and integrative biology, and the Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists aboard the Oceanus are perfecting seaworthy robots that can send back valuable information about carbon in the ocean and climate change.

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