2009 Visualization Challenge

Noninteractive Media

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Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 950-952
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.950

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Two winners and two honorable mentions were chosen by Science and the National Science Foundation in the noninteractive media category in the 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Top honors go to Harmony Starr and Molly Malone of the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah for "The Epigenetics of Identical Twins," a video that uses tubes of cotton batting clipped onto a clothesline to depict the chemical changes cells make to chromosomes; and Christian Thiemann and Daniel Grady of Northwestern University for "Follow the Money: Human Mobility and Effective Communities," which tracks paper currency to study how people move within the United States. Honorable mentions go to Gregor Hochleitner, Christian Gredel, and Nils Sparwasser at the German Aerospace Center for "Decision Support System for Tsunami Early Warning," a video that explains how the new German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System combines data from underwater probes, orbiting global positioning system satellites, and floating buoys to better detect a coming tidal wave; and Stacy Jannis, William Dempsey, and Rebekah Fredenburg at Jannis Productions for "Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease," a video that animates the microscopic damage in a brain riddled with Alzheimer's disease to explain how the disease starts.