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Release: July 2, 2001

UI to sponsor Art in Science Contest

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Central Microscopy Research Facility is sponsoring the first Iowa Art in Science Contest, which will give the UI community and the public a chance to look at scientific images in terms of their artistic value.

"The goal of this contest is to have people step back and appreciate the beautiful images that we generate through our everyday scientific work," said Martine Dunnwald, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UI Department of Dermatology. "Images are also a way to attract people to science. The beauty of a picture can be the point of interest and tease curiosity about a scientific issue. It can bring the general population to the scientific field via the beauty of art."

The contest is open to all UI faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral fellows. Any type of microscopic specimen is acceptable. The entries will be judged on the following criteria: visual impact, originality, technical proficiency and informational content. Entries must be received by Sept. 3.

All images will be presented and displayed during the Annual Iowa Microscopy Society Forum, September 20-21. Winners will be announced during the forum. The top three photographs chosen will receive prizes of $100, $75 and $50 as well as a framed 11x14 print of the artwork. The winning pieces will also be displayed permanently in a designated area on campus.

The Central Electron Microscopy Research Facility, located in the Eckstein Medical Research Building, provides instrumentation and technical assistance to research programs involving the use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, light and confocal microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, freeze-fracture, and x-ray microanalysis.

For more information or a copy of the entry form please contact Martine Dunnwald via email at or Ryan Potter at

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