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Feb. 18, 2010

Visualizing Science

by Shelley DuBois

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Big news in sciarts today–two major American scientific organizations reveal the winners of an international competition.

Since 2003, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to put on the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Artists and scientists were asked to submit photography, illustrations, infographics and interactive or non-interactive media that offer beautiful, informative scientific visuals.

This year’s winners will be published in tomorrow’s issue of Science. Here’s a look at some of the winning images and honorable mentions:

smallbranch

Illustration – First Place
Branching Morphogenesis

Image courtesy of Peter Lloyd Jones, Andrew Lucia, Annette Fierro, and Jenny E. Sabin, University of Pennsylvania’s Sabin + Jones Lab Studio

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Illustration – First Place
Kuen’s Surface: A Meditation on Euclid, Lobachevsky, and Quantum Fields

Image courtesy of Richard Palais and Luc Benard, University of California at Irvine

smallsalt

Photography – Honorable Mention
Microbe vs. Mineral— A Life-or-Death Struggle in the Desert

Image courtesy of Michael P. Zach, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
smallarabadopsis

Photography – Honorable Mention
Self-Fertilization

Image courtesy of Heiti Paves and Birger Ilau, Tallinn University of Technology
smallflower

Photography – Honorable Mention
Flower Power

Image courtesy of Russell Taylor, Briana K. Whitaker, and Briana L. Carstens, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill

smallfuture

Illustration – Honorable Mention
Back to the Future

Image courtesy of Mario De Stefano, Antonia Auletta, and Carla Langella, The 2nd University of
Naples

Want more? Check out the contest web page here.

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