Leonardo DaVinci would have turned 657 this past Wednesday. In the spirit of celebrating, Professor Eric Frost, co-director of SDSU’s Immersive Visualization Lab, let me know that he would be around if one of the news stations wanted to come by and see the visualizations his staff had done showing Mauricio Seracini’s work to reveal the hidden sketches beneath DaVinci’s Adoration of the Magi. I had seen this before and knew it was really cool so I called NBC 7/39 to see if they wanted to come out. The news hook, beyond the cool visuals, was that the team of Seracini and Frost would soon be using this same technology to evaluate the damage done during the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy. Sure enough, NBC jumped on the opportunity and sent a photojournalist out to cover the story.
Since we are turning into our own full-fledged news bureau, I decided to run down there with our Flip® camera and get some video of my own. Here it is:
As icing on the cake, immediately after that aired, was a story about another SDSU professor’s research on walkable communities (video). So it ended up being nearly an all-SDSU news block. If only that happened every day!
It’s a good day when San Diego viewers get to see stories showcasing some of SDSU’s brightest minds.