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Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

I was very saddened to learn about Dr. Maya Angelou’s passing. She was to live forever and share her wisdom and courage for decades and decades in my mind. Dr. Maya Angelou was my favorite teacher’s hero, so she’s a grand-hero of mine. There’s so…

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May the Fourth be with you. 9 anatomical structures named “4th” that will always be with you.

Happy Star Wars Day! Last weekend at the US Science and Engineering festival, I had the lovely honor of being part of the National Museum of Health & Medicine Booth in Washington, DC. While there, I got to paint some anatomy of the forearm on…

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Do professional artists draw for fun?

Frequently Asked Question: Do professional artists draw for fun? Above art: Sterba’s Corydora, Harlequin Rasbora, and White breasted nuthatch. ©2014 Ikumi Kayama.   Let me share some pages from my small sketchbook. It’s about 6″ x 6″, and the paper is thick enough to hold…

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11 Science Gift Ideas

Science Gift Ideas – Unique and Different Gifts Are you looking for a neat gift for your favorite scientist? Do they already have crazy ties, shirts, and Newton’s cradles for the office?  Are you tired of trying to fit so many mugs in your cupboard? Do…

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[Contest] Share your research for a chance to win custom artwork!

Update 10/24/13: Since we had less than 3 entries, all entrants have won prizes. Congrats! Win custom artwork by an award-winning medical & scientific illustrator! Do you ever struggle to explain your area of technical expertise? Would you like a visual to describe your research…

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Why Sansa is not as dumb as you think.

Game of Thrones and Visual Communication- Sansa Stark [Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t read the books or seen the series, it is highly recommend that you do.  I haven’t read the books, and this is my personal opinion and observation of Sansa Stark from the…

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Awards and Recognitions

Work by Studio Kayama has been recognized by many national and local level organizations. Frank H. Netter, MD Memorial Scholarship in Medical Art Ikumi is the recipient of Frank H. Netter, MD Memorial Scholarship in Medical Art from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Frank….

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Visuals make learning easier and faster…part 5. Article Review-last part.

Visuals vs Non-visuals? Yeah whatever, let’s start a new experiment! Note: This is part 5 of a series of posts reviewing some of the origins of scientific claims that compare text vs visuals. Access part 1 here.  Access part 2 here. Access part 3 here….

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See the Most Dedicated Moms In Nature

Noteworthy News! Some of my posts will be appearing in the local patch.com website. Here’s the first one celebrating all mothers. While it’s no secret that human parents (especially moms) sacrifice so much for the well-being of their kids, less is known about other animals…

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Visuals make learning easier and faster…Part 4. Now the study starts to give you advice

The study that shows effects of using visuals in presentation neglects to lead the readers to the famous conclusion. Note: This is part 4 of a series of posts reviewing some of the origins of scientific claims that compare text vs visuals. Access part 1…

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