Press Release 06-133
2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge Winners Announced
Winning entries appear in this week's Science magazine
September 22, 2006
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, a competition sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science, which is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Currently in its fourth year, the contest 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, among others.
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 Sept. 22, 2006 issue of Science features all the entries, which will also be freely available at www.sciencemag.org/sciext/vis2006/show/. The entries are also displayed at the National Science Foundation's Web site, http://nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/index.jsp?id=win2006.
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, Penn.
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 recherche 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
Aaron Koblin, University of California, Los Angeles
Drew Berry and Francois Tetaz, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, Australia; Jeremy Pickett-Heaps, University of Melbourne
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 at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/index.jsp.
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