College of Science 2018 Science Photography and Graphic Arts Contest
For the third straight year, the College of Science held a Photography and Graphic Arts Contest open to faculty, staff, and students. This year five entries were selected for display outside the college offices in the Mines Building on campus. Follow this link to view all entries or download the full-size images.
Tristan Amaral (graduate student, Geology)
The Vaughan Lewis icefall in Alaska empties ice from the Juneau Icefield plateau into the grand Gilkey Glacier valley thousands of feet below. As ice flows through the icefall it is first stretched at the top then compressed at the bottom, forming annual crescentic waves called ‘ogives’. These ogives persist on the surface of the Gilkey Glacier for many kilometers down-valley. Very few glacier icefalls worldwide possess the right flow conditions to produce ogives. The Vaughan Lewis icefall in Southeast Alaska generates some of the most extraordinary ogives found anywhere, and seen from the air, offers a beautiful illustration of the physics of glacier flow.
Michael Camerino (undergraduate student, Biological Engineering)
Light travels through the lens of the eye where it is then focused to the back, hitting the retina. The light is then absorbed by the photoreceptors (rods and cones). The sensory system of the retina is composed of a highly organized network of neurons apart of the central nervous system. This photo was taken at the center of the retina where the this highly organized cellular network of cells feeds the signal to the brain via the optic nerve.
Beth Tuschhoff (undergraduate student, Mathematical Biology)
Coevolution occurs when two or more species exert selective pressure on each other, resulting in successive adaptations. This can happen in predator-prey, mutualistic, and parasitic relationships. An important and prominent example of mutualism is between plants and pollinators as portrayed in this photograph.
William Miller (undergraduate student, Mathematics)
This is the University’s observatory which houses a 50 year old, 16 inch diameter reflector telescope as well as several smaller telescopes used primarily by the astronomy labs. This 25 second exposure (a mosaic of three images) during a new moon reveals the Milky Way and Mars above the observatory.
Emmanuel Ijezie (graduate student, Biology)
We often overlook the intricate architecture that is involved in shaping our very own existence and being. Here is a terminal bronchiole within the lungs of a mouse, recovering from a strenuous battle with influenza A virus (IAV). The lung tissue section was stained with antibodies against IAV (pink) and the cells were stained with a blue dye. You can see the heart-shaped airway surrounded by the lacey structure of airspaces in the lung.