Designed especially for neurobiologists, FluoRender is an interactive tool for multi-channel fluorescence microscopy data visualization and analysis.
Large scale visualization on the Powerwall.
BrainStimulator is a set of networks that are used in SCIRun to perform simulations of brain stimulation such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and magnetic transcranial stimulation (TMS).
Developing software tools for science has always been a central vision of the SCI Institute.
miriah-100Congratulations to Miriah Meyer, who has been named amongst the top 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. This honor places her in a rather esteemed and widespread group of individuals ranging from Fortune 500 leaders to music mogals.

#24 Miriah Meyer: Computer Scientist, University of Utah

How To Create The Future

By Patrick Cain

Creates programs that chart and visualize biological data for use by scientists What does the biotech field need more of?

"Designers, visualization researchers, and human-computer-interaction experts are in short supply. We've done an awesome job over the past decade of developing technology to collect and process data, and yet the most popular tool on a biologist's desktop is Excel."

How can creativity improve your field?

"My work has been heavily influenced by several close collaborations with designers, who help me design and create tools. For example, one of them, Pathline, integrates information about how genes work together in a cell with measurements of gene activity levels over time in multiple related species. That's all charted in various ways."

What impediment do you often come across?

"In talking with biologists, I often reach dead ends as I try to learn about their work flows and scientific problems. We get stuck in some deep discussion about the nuances of their research, so I try to back up and discuss something different to help me better calibrate their needs. Keep a user talking for as long as possible; the more they talk, the more likely you are to hit on an idea that you can run with."

Click here to see head-to-head responses to these questions from Meyer, plus molecular animator Janet Iwasa, and research scientist Nina Tandon, Nos. 25 and 26 on our Most Creative People list.

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