36 Works

Angle of repose

Austin Byron Isner
2016 Third Place

A slow march through the desert

Karna Gowda
2016 Fourth Place

Nano Nebula

Michael Lynn Whittaker
Honorable Mention

Neural cell looking for friends

Mark Trosper McClendon
2016 Fifth Place

Clusters of CTS

Kristi Holmes, Ehsan Mohammadi, Karen E Gutzman & Pamela L Shaw
In a preliminary assessment of the CTS literature, natural language processing techniques were used to create a term co-occurrence network based on publications citing CTSA U54 awards through 2016. Relevant and non-relevant terms were distinguished algorithmically to yield a list of over 2K most-frequently occurring terms.

Stained Glass Petri Dish

Alexandra Edelbrock & Zaida Lvarez
2019 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. When growing cells outside the body, it is important to give them a safe place to attach and lay down roots. Like how plants need fertile soil, cells need nutrients to survive for long periods of time in a petri dish. One way to address this problem is to coat the surface of the dish with a biomaterial before laying the cells down. Researchers took this image to...

Fuzzy Wooly Ball

Maryam Kherad Pezhouh
2018 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Actinomycetes are a type of bacteria that are commonly found in soil, but can also be found in humans and other animals. Like many bacteria, they can be harmless, but in some cases can cause disease, especially in patients with weakened immune systems. This image is the gram stain of actinomycetes taken from a patient with a tumor in the esophagus. Pathologists can diagnose disease processes by looking...

Magnetic Nanoflower

Vikas Nandwana
2018 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. This image shows flower-shaped nanostructures, a next-generation technology for treating cancer. These structures are 1000 times smaller than human hair and can be programmed to reach inside targeted cancer cells. They are also magnetic, allowing them to be visualized inside the body by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Working better together

Christopher Volker Synatschke & Zaida Alvarez Pinto
Honorable Mention

Galactic Bloom

Alex Gurvich & Zachary Harris Hafen
2018 Second Place, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. This cosmic flower was not grown in nature, but by astrophysicists using supercomputers. At the center of the flower a simulated galaxy shines in bright yellow. The galaxy is surrounded by multi- colored petals, representing different origins and consisting of many smaller lines; each is a record of the path of matter through space. Simulations like this help scientists understand the cosmic origin story of Earths ingredients by...

Nano Shooting Stars

Liban Jibril
2018 Third Place, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. After decades of research and trillions of dollars of investment, engineers have enabled extremely powerful computers that fit in our pockets - smartphones. This is achieved by making nanometer sized patterns on silicon to make tiny computer chips. Precise control over silicon chemistry can be used to create nanometer sized holes with various applications. If the silicon surface is not controlled, strange shapes such as the star shape...

Water Farm

Yuehan Yao
2019 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Water vapor condenses into droplets when it encounters a cold surface. The surface was made to be a wavy pattern. Condensed droplets periodically change in size from the apex to the valley, just like strawberries growing on a freshly tilled farm. The first mature strawberry in the middle (dyed in red intentionally) suggests the harvesting season is coming.

Split woman

Emily Elizabeth Hoffman
Honorable Mention

Waltz of the filaments

Jennifer Marie Davis
Honorable Mention

3D-Printed hyperelastic bone spine

Adam Edward Jakus
2016 Second Place

Rainbow Ribbons of Collagen

Alexandra Lauran Berr & Jennifer Marie Davis
2018 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Collagen is a protein that provides shape and support to organs, providing a scaffold for living cells to grow and thrive. It is also the most abundant protein in the human body. This image shows collagen fibers in a lung tumor from a mouse. When arranged in a specific way, the fibers glow when illuminated with infrared laser light. This image is color-coded by depth to reveal the...

Survival of a Motor Neuron

Hande Ozdinler
2018 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Motor neurons are the part of the bodys nervous system responsible for movement. The upper motor neurons (UMNs) are located in the brain and carry information to the spinal cord, controlling most voluntary movements. In this image, the UMN (green) has survived, compared to the other dead cells and neurons (red). This helps us understand the conditions that favor upper motor neuron survival.

Riddled Basins

Yuanzhao Zhang
2018 First Place, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Scientists often use computer simulations to create theoretical models of agents that interact with each other like neurons in the brain or the populations of multiple species. Each dot in this image represents a different initial condition that can lead to specific dynamics of the system. In this case, there are two possible long-term dynamics; the dots are colored orange or blue according to which one the system...

A \"Hole\" New Method for Sperm Storage

Eric Wayne Roth
2019 Fifth Place, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Cancer treatments, while life preserving, can threaten fertility. Fertility preservation can be challenging in males with conditions of extremely low germ cell numbers or in those who have undergone testicular or epididymal biopsy where there may be limited numbers of immature germ cells. A significant clinical hurdle is the storage and recovery of small numbers of sperm. We engineered an oocyte-derived biomaterial the zona pellucida (ZP) to function...


Kelsey-Ann Natasha Leslie
2019 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. The vivid colors and patterns you see are a result of birefringence, which is an optical property of anisotropic materials. Ordinary objects, like this plastic dish and tube undergo stress during manufacturing as the plastic is molded into its desired form. When you observe these objects through crossed polarizers, you are able to see the stress in the object as birefringent signal zones. Birefringence can tell us important...

Making Waves

Zachary G Nicolaou
2019 First Place, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. Real-world physical systems can often exhibit beautiful and intricate patterns, such as zebra stripes, sand dune ripples, or cloud formations. This image shows water in a petri dish that is placed on a vertically vibrating surface. When the vibrations are strong enough, patterns of waves form on the surface of the water. A square pattern of waves is visible in this image, which is surprising given the circular...

A Crystal of Bubbles

Phalguni Shishir Shah
2019 Second Place, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. We have all made bubbles by blowing air on a bubble wand dipped in a soap solution. Here, we make many small bubbles of uniform size by slowly injecting air into soapy water. The bubbles then arrange themselves in a uniform pattern-this is exactly how atoms arrange to form crystals. In fact, such bubble rafts were first used in 1940 to understand how crystals form. In this image,...

Muscle Sarcomeres

Amy Nicole Adkins
2019 Honorable Mention, Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. This image captures muscle sarcomeres (consecutive green lines), the smallest functional unit of muscle, from inside a living human. The mesmerizing periodicity in the image is the naturally occurring arrangement of sarcomeres. A whole muscle(ex. biceps) is made up of hundreds of thousands of sarcomeres. For the biceps to shorten and produce force, each of these individual sarcomeres need to shorten (green lines would come closer together), producing...

Exposing the colors within

James Lupton Hedrick
Honorable Mention

One galaxy, multiple perspectives

Zachary Harris Hafen
Honorable Mention

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