About the Lecture

Frank Armitage: Creative Genius and Legendary Artist

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, Mr. 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 Biomedical Visualization established the Frank Armitage Lecture, 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.

Seth Cooper, PhD: Creator and Developer of Foldit

This year our guest lecturer is Dr. Seth Cooper, the Creative Director of the Center for Game Science at the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington. Other presentations at this year’s event will feature experts in neuroscience, biochemistry and molecular genetics, education, and medical illustration.

The topic of the keynote lecture will be Foldit, Cooper's revolutionary game that has proven the possibility of solving significant scientific problems with a larger, crowdsourced community of laymen and scientists. Foldit introduces the concepts of protein folding and design via game mechanics, illustrations and animations. An entire community of players works together to discover the structure of proteins, develop protein-folding algorithms, and design new proteins. Dr. Cooper will discuss new directions being explored at the Center for Game Science, including interfacing with Microsoft Kinect and new games for general scientific discovery.

Past Armitage Lecturers


Marty Sklar

Vice-President & Ambassador Disney-Pixar

Former President Disney Imagineering


Dr. Michael Parker

Assistant Professor

Harvard Medical School


Dr. W. Paul Brown

Consulting Associate Professor

Stanford University


David Bolinsky

Medical Director and Partner



Jane Hurd

President,Visual Science Solutions

The 2012 Frank Armitage Lecture Schedule

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Thursday, November 29th


"Imaging and Data Visualization in Neuroscience Research"

Simon Alford, Phd, UIC Neuroscience

CMET Rm 787

0.15 CEUs biomedical

10:30-10:45am: Break


"For Structural Biology: If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, How Much is a Movie Worth? "

Arnon Lavie, Phd, UIC Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

CMET Rm 787

12:30-2:00pm: Box Lunch, CMWT Rm 119, Alumni Center

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"Gaming for Scientific Discovery"

Seth Cooper, Phd, University of Washington

Moss Auditorium

0.15 CEUs biomedical,

3:30-5:00pm: Reception, CMWT Rm 119, Alumni Center

Friday, November 30th


"Clinical Anatomy of the Hand and Forearm"

Gary Schnitz, MA, Indiana Hand Center

NMH+MC, 175 West Washington Street Chicago, IL 60602

0.15 CEUs biomedical

10:30-10:45am: Break


"Understanding Anatomical Form Through Écorché"

Melinda Whitmore, MFA, Vitruvian Fine Art Studio, Chicago

NMH+MC, 175 West Washington Street Chicago, IL 60602

0.15 CEUs art,


Tour of National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago, Behind the Scenes Look at Current Exhibition

Mike Doyle, Phd, National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago (NMH+MC)

175 West Washington Street Chicago, IL 60602


The 2012 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.

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Mass Transit

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.

Driving Directions

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.


University of Illinois at Chicago's Biomedical Visualization Program

Founded in 1921 by Professor Thomas Smith Jones, the Biomedical Visualization graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the second oldest accredited school of its kind in the western hemisphere. The program is part of the College of Applied Health Sciences, one of the leading health professions colleges in the nation, located in the largest medical district in the United States.

While keeping the vision Tom Jones had to educate “artist scientists,” the program has emerged as a leader in training science visualization specialists— highly skilled, professional illustrators, animators and anaplastologists trained in translating the biomedical sciences into visible form. 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 an array of disciplines such as medicine, science, art, digital animation and computer science. Close relationships and internships with professional medical organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, local museums, animation studios, software companies, advertising agencies, and other local prestigious universities and medical centers help contribute to a world-class education in a world-class city.

For more information, contact program director John Daugherty at or visit our website at

Donations to UIC's Biomedical Visualization Program

Your donation helps to offset costs for the lecture series and provides an investment into the BVIS department. Thank you! Please visit to make a donation.

Special Assistance

If you need special assistance during your visit, please contact Vanessa Medina at to make arrangements.