“If I have seen further than others, it was by standing upon the shoulders of giants,” explained Sir Isaac Newton some 341 years ago.  Thanks to Galileo’s telescope, and Newton’s own invention of calculus, our understanding of mankind’s place in the universe was forever transformed.

“The Stand,” by Susan McConnell. Etosha National Park, Namibia

This Friday evening, The G2 Gallery will host a modern-day scientist renowned for her work in transforming mankind’s understanding of… well, understanding.

Distinguished neurobiologist, researcher, and professor, Dr. Susan McConnell, helped blaze the trail in our understanding of how neurons in the cerebral cortex of mammalian brains are produced, differentiated, and connected to form functional circuits capable of understanding how neurons in the cerebral cortex of mammalian brains are produced and…, well, you get the idea.

Unlike Newton and his telescope, Susan’s breakthrough work often involves a microscope – but like Newton, she is no stranger to giants.

In fact, Susan McConnell: On the Shoulders of Giants is the culmination of a lifetime of scientific and artistic curiosity inspired initially by none other than British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist Jane Goodall.  Just as Goodall continues to inspire us through her work with Chimpanzees, so Susan inspires us with the grandeur, power and beauty of Earth’s largest mammal, the African elephant.

As a neuroscientist, Susan skillfully combines her expertise in animal behavior with an artistic eye and camera lens to capture breathtaking images of these intelligent, social creatures in their most intimate family settings.

This Friday, you’ll “see further than others” On the Shoulders of Giants.  Susan will transport you into the daily lives of these endangered animals and help us all understand why their survival is essential to biodiversity and human life.

“Empathy” says Susan, “is key to unlocking our understanding of ecosystems; and conservation photography is crucial to sparking conversation that leads to action.”

Susan McConnell: On the Shoulders of Giants is on view through Saturday, August 5th.

Join us this Friday, July 21 (5-7:30 p.m.) at The G2 Gallery, located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, CA. to hear Susan McConnell’s remarkable story.

Please reserve your seat at SusanMcConnell.Eventbrite.com.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

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