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Annual Winners Announced in Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
Sometimes the best way to express a scientific idea is through an image that grabs the eye and invites viewers to wonder what they’re seeing.
Fourteen images and multimedia presentations, each using innovative approaches to encapsulate a scientific story, have won the 2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science, which is published by AAAS, the nonprofit science society.
The contest, currently in its fourth year, recognizes outstanding achievement in the use of visual media to promote understanding of research results and scientific phenomena. The judges’ criteria for evaluating the entries included visual impact, innovation and accuracy.
The winning entries communicate information about complex mathematical concepts, the intricacies of the human body, air flight patterns, the latest scientific imaging technologies to analyze Leonardo da Vinci’s art, and more. The 22 September 2006 issue of Science will feature all of these entries, which will also be freely available through the journal’s website. The entries will also be displayed at the NSF website.
The winning entries are in five categories:
Richard Palais, University of California, Irvine
“Still Life: Five Glass Surfaces on a Tabletop”
Caryn Babaian, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania
“A Da Vinci Blackboard Lesson”
Nils Sparwasser, Thorsten Andresen, Stephan Reiniger, and Robert Meisner, German Aerospace Center
“Hawaii, the Highest Mountain on Earth”
Louis Borgeat, François Blais, and John Taylor of the National Research Council, Canada
Christian Lahanier of the Centre de recherché et de restauration des musées de France
“Mona Lisa Montage”
Robert Cheng, Paul Brown, and Rebecca Fahrig, Stanford University
Christof Reinhart, Volume Graphics
“An Egyptian Child Mummy”
David Yager, University of Maryland
Travis Vermilye, Stephen Humphries, and Andrew Christensen, Medical Modeling, Golden, Colorado
Kenneth Slayer, International Craniofacial Institute, Dallas, Texas
Jack Bradbury, Guillaume Iacino, Erica Olsen, and Robert Grotke, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
“A Real-Time Audio and Video Sound Visualization Tool”
First Place (tie):
Aaron Koblin, University of California, Los Angeles
Drew Berry, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, Australia; Jeremy Pickett-Heaps, University of Melbourne; and Francois Tetaz
Curtis DuBois, Lummi Island, Washington
“The Handwritten 'e'”
Matt Heying, Changwon Suh, and Krishna Rajan, Iowa State University
Simone Seig, Universität de Saarland
Jennifer Brennan, ADNET Systems Inc./NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Waleed Abdalati,
Horace Mitchell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and Walter Meier, National Snow and Ice Data Center
“A Short Tour of the Cryosphere”
Flavio Fenton and Elizabeth Cherry, Cornell University
“Cardiac Bioelectricity and Arrhythmias”
Further information about the 2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge is available here.
21 September 2006