Visualizing Science 2014

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This past spring, we asked faculty, staff and students in the College of Natural Sciences community to send us images that celebrated the extraordinary beauty of science and the scientific process. We were looking for that moment where science and art collide and we succeeded.

The pursuit of science often entails a visual aspect, as researchers visually communicate their discoveries and explore the topics they find fascinating. Haeckel created beautiful color illustrations of organisms, Hooke sketched his astronomical and microscopic observations, Darwin traced evolutionary trees in his notes, and da Vinci drew anatomical masterpieces, just to name a few.

More and more, scientific visualizations are becoming part of the discovery process itself. Researchers often use 3-D models and data visualizations to expose hidden patterns in data or to reveal the inner workings of life and the universe.

Here are the seven most stunning submissions from our scientific community. The first six images were chosen by committee based on their beauty and scientific merit. These images are also being displayed in the University of Texas TowerWelch Hall, and the Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library inRobert Lee Moore Hall beginning the last week of September. The final image, our People’s Choice winner, was chosen by the public on our Facebook page.

At the end we offer a video that delves into the minds of our finalists, revealing the story and meaning behind each image.

Call for Abstracts: VCU Center for Media and Health

Our Center for Media+Health at Virginia Commonwealth University invites health communication researchers to submit research abstracts for presentations at the 2nd Media + Health Symposium on February 13, 2015. The theme of the symposium is “Mobile and Social Media in Health Communication” and submissions addressing this topic are strongly encouraged. Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit quantitative and qualitative research. Please see the Call for Abstracts here.

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