May 21, 2024

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You are Your Only Limit

Artwork of Science opposition draws in file quantity of entries. Listed here are this year’s winners.

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The once-a-year College-huge function encourages Rochester community associates to examine the intersection of science, artwork, and technology.

A report 84 University of Rochester school, learners, and personnel submitted entries to an annual level of competition to discover and illuminate the aesthetic beauty that results when science, artwork, and technological innovation intersect. The successful entries of the 2024 Art of Science competitiveness ended up declared during a ceremony in the Carlson Library, the place they will be permanently exhibited.

Held each individual spring, the level of competition is sponsored by the Hajim University of Engineering & Utilized Sciences in collaboration with River Campus Libraries. Prizes are awarded for the top pupil submissions and for the People’s Option Award, which is voted on by customers of the Rochester group. This 12 months, the 665 votes submitted resulted in a two-way tie for the People’s Decision Award

First Place

Rayleigh Parker, a physics PhD scholar, received very first place for Flocking Habits. Parker shot online video of a tiny flock of crows passing overhead on the Lehigh Valley Path in Rochester and then collapsed the online video down into a single frame using a script written in Python.

“Birds interact in flocking habits that can generate head-bogglingly complicated constructions in space and time, but the habits of each individual individual chook can be lessened to a (reasonably) simple established of regulations,” wrote Parker in their submission. “Only in the combination does the structure of the flock arise. Although substantial flocks of birds these kinds of as starlings are the most straight away spectacular, lesser flocks, even groups of only 3 birds, can be just as lovely if you choose the time to watch.”


Second Put

White and pink Mountain Laurel flowers with a bee and other flowers drawn over the original photograph.The runner-up was Pollen Catapult, developed by molecular genetics student Hanna Wang ’26. Wang took a photograph of Mountain Laurel bouquets with her telephone and made use of Clip Studio Paint to edit and attract over the photograph.

“The Mountain Laurel’s pressure-and-release pollen dispersion mechanism is demonstrated by drawings, allowing for for visual depiction of the bent stamen assuaging rigidity to release pollen,” shared Wang. “It’s fascinating that these gorgeous geometrically shaped flowers are secretly very small pollen catapults.”


3rd Position

swirls of color in an orb with a circle of light beside it.

Optical engineering pupil Benjamin Margulies ’24 received third position for Iridescent Eclipse. The “planet” in the artwork is a cleaning soap bubble illuminated by an extended diffuse white light-weight. Its iridescent hues are a solution of slender film interference and the striking patterns are fluid dynamics at play. The “eclipse” is a coin illuminated from the rear with a basic flashlight.

“I am happy sight is our most distinguished perception,” noted Margulies as element of his submission. “It is the most straightforward way in which to see the elegance in the organic earth. It also gave us our best tool for studying the cosmos. The globe of science would be dim if not for the limitless opportunity of light-weight.”


People’s Decision Award (tie)

The ballots solid for the People’s Option Award resulted in a two-way tie among Merve Duyar, an ambulatory technician at UR Medicine Orthopaedics, and biology student Nilima Walunjkar ’25.

Duyar drew Overview of the Backbone (under) by drafting a smaller sized model in a sketchbook and projecting the key figure onto 30” x 22” watercolor paper. Duyar made use of a mechanical pencil and a blend of tender blends and crosshatching to create depth and detail.

drawing of a human spine.

“Using visual interest and daring lines, my submission brings scientific information and illustration into a discovering experience that is also visually attractive,” for every Duyar.

Walunjkar established the agar artwork A Yeasty Evening (below) applying 4 distinctive yeast strains and a pipette on yeast extract-peptone-dextrose. Walunjkar captured the impression working with a Phenobooth, a colony counter with a digicam.

yeast spores arranged in a petri dish.

“We’re only scratching the area of knowing microbial range globally,” Walunjkar spelled out. “Early taxonomists utilized morphology to explain range in plants and animals, but this method has limitations with microbes. The sequencing age has ushered in a new period, enabling us to characterize microbial variety in strategies formerly difficult by right analyzing DNA sequences. My artwork attempts to illustrate the hidden range in the microbial environment.”

four students hold large posters of their award-winning images.
From remaining: Nilima Walunjkar ’25, Benjamin Margulies ’24, PhD scholar Rayleigh Parker, and Hanna Wang ’26 keep up their award-profitable photographs at the Art of Science reception in Carlson Library. (University of Rochester image / Mike Osadciw)
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