Navigation Links
UW science photo takes second in national contest
Date:9/26/2008

With a photograph that embodies the unexpected and sometimes breathtaking outcomes of science, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Jenna Eun has won second place in the 2008 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science magazine.

The image, "Polymazing," appears in the Sept. 26 issue of Science, which Eun herself finds somewhat amazing, considering the subject of her photo arose completely by accident. "I thought something was wrong," laughs Eun, who works with biochemistry professor, Doug Weibel.

High-resolution images of "Polymazing" and Eun can be downloaded at http://www.news.wisc.edu/newsphotos/eunImage.html

Last spring, Eun grafted a thin sheet of water-loving "hydrogel" onto a material called PDMS, thinking the combination might improve the function of a tiny cell culture system she was building. But when she added water, something surprising happened: While the hydrogel absorbed the liquid and expanded, the PDMS stayed in place, putting strain on the hydrogel and causing it to buckle.

Fearing her technique hadn't worked, she showed the strange pattern of wrinkles to Weibel.

"And he said, 'That's actually really pretty, why don't you take a picture?'" recalls Eun.

But the image, which was taken under a microscope, isn't merely pretty. The physical phenomenon responsible for the buckling is well-studied and emerges in many places in nature, Eun says. Our fingertips get crinkly in the bathtub, for example, because the flexible epidermis swells with water, while the underlying tissue it's attached to does not, causing the skin to wrinkle.

According to the competition's Web site, NSF and Science hold the annual challenge to "celebrate the grand tradition" of images and illustration in scientific research. Doing well in the contest is now becoming something of a tradition for Weibel. While at Harvard University, he contributed to an entry called "Tiny Metal Pathways" that won second place in last year's competition.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jenna Eun
yjeun@wisc.edu
608-217-1675
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. News tips from the Journal of Neuroscience
2. e-Science points to pollution solutions
3. 4,000 e-Books now available on ScienceDirect
4. UCI receives $5M from Edwards Lifesciences
5. Singapore National Science and Technology Awards
6. Planetary geoscience, paleontology, and more at GSA Annual Meeting in Denver next month
7. ESA celebrates 100 years of insect science journals
8. 454 Sequencing: Science paper describes a novel, highly efficient method of sequencing ancient DNA
9. From brains to behavior: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols features methods for neuroscience research
10. DOE publishes update of plan: Facilities for the Future of Science: A 20-Year Outlook
11. Iowa State professors genome research published in the latest issue of Science
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/30/2016)... CHICAGO , Nov. 30, 2016  higi ... a new partnership initiative targeting national brands, industry ... and reward their respective audiences for taking steps ... Since its inception in 2012, higi has built ... US, impacting over 38 million people who have ...
(Date:11/24/2016)... -- Cercacor today introduced Ember TM Sport Premium ... measure hemoglobin, Oxygen Content, Oxygen Saturation, Perfusion Index, ... approximately 30 seconds. Smaller than a smartphone, using only ... key data about their bodies to help monitor these ... Hemoglobin carries oxygen to muscles. When hemoglobin and ...
(Date:11/17/2016)... Nov. 17, 2016 Global Market Watch: ... (Disease-Based Banks, Population-Based Banks and Academics) market is to witness ... Private Biobanks shows the highest Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) ... region during the analysis period 2014-2020. North America ... 9.95% followed by Europe at 9.56% ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... , ... DrugDev believes the only way to achieve real change ... three tenets were on display at the 2nd Annual DrugDev User Summit (hosted by ... and site organizations to discuss innovation and the future of clinical research. , ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Robots will storm the Prudential Center in Boston, ... The event, which is held on the United Nations International Day of Persons with ... into the workplace. Suitable Technologies is partnering with NTI to showcase how technology can ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... leader in rapid infectious disease tests, introduced the Company,s newest product, the INSTI HIV ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) Continue Reading ... ... , bioLytical was invited by the Clinton Health ... Self Test to 350 pharmacy representatives in Nairobi and Mombasa, ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... , November 30, 2016 ... a few players hold a dominant share in the ... River Laboratories International, Inc., and Merck KGaA, held a ... 2015. Transparency Market Research observes that these companies are ... on development products that are do not require rabbit ...
Breaking Biology Technology: