In response to Zen Faulkes' recent post at Better Posters, in which Faulkes says that academic scientists ought to obtain a "wide range of skills" beyond the bench, including "graphic literacy," Grant Jacobs at Code for Life expresses his disagreement. "Graphic illustration is not core to science," Jacobs says. While he agrees that researchers ought to prepare their own posters and attempt to "take on the graphics," Jacobs says that "insisting [illustration] be a required skill seems misplaced." While Faulkes says that "nobody would ever excuse biologists for not running statistical tests for their experiment because 'they're not professional mathematicians,'" Jacobs say that "statistics in one sense is a core skill" in science, but adds that non-statistician biologists ought to collaborate with a bioinformatician should their work require a specialist's assistance. In the same vein, he adds, "there are good reasons that better research departments have an illustrations department."
That May Be Asking a Bit Much ...
Jan 06, 2011