2009 Visualization Challenge


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Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 954-955
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.954

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Science and the National Science Foundation have chosen the winner and three honorable mentions in the photography category in the 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Top honors go to Sung Hoon Kang, Boaz Pokroy, and Joanna Aizenberg of Harvard University for "Save Our Earth, Let's Go Green," an electron microscope photograph that catches self-assembling polymers in action but could also represent people's cooperative efforts to save Earth, its creators say. Honorable mentions go to Michael P. Zach of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, for "Microbe vs. Mineral—A Life-or-Death Struggle in the Desert," a photograph of the microbes that came to life when he added a drop of water to a salt sample he collected in Death Valley National Park in California; Heiti Paves and Birger Ilau of the Tallinn University of Technology for "Self-Fertilization," a photograph of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower with its pollen grains and ovaries stained blue to show the process by which it fertilizes itself; and Russell Taylor, Briana K. Whitaker, and Briana L. Carstens of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for "Flower Power," a photograph they snapped as a quality-control step in their experiments to study the forces that cells exert.