Now here is something really fun! The School of Science just posted a gallery of images from their Research Photo Contest. These are photos that chronicle the work of researchers within the School of Science at Rensselaer, and they run the gamut from a glorious shot of twilight on an Adirondack lake – taken in the course of work through the Rensselaer Darrin Freshwater Institute, to “the Arginine magic” — an image produced from molecular dynamics simulation to help develop a model for how drugs are moved through mammalian cells.
Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science, had this to say when asked why the school held the contest:
One of our goals for the School of Science is to make our discoveries more visible, both around campus and beyond. I thought the photo contest would be a fun way to let our scientists express their creativity while showing pride in their work. The discoveries we’re making every day in the School have to potential to change the world — with the beautiful photos that were submitted, we get the chance to engage new people as we tell the exciting story of Science at Rensselaer.
The contest was open to three categories of image: Real World, Computational, and Laboratory. More than 60 images were submitted from a mix of students, faculty, and staff.
The Grand Prize winner, Chris Newhard, took the above picture of the wing stroke of a Drosophilia melanogaster (that’s a fruitfly, in case you didn’t know). The judging committee chose one Grand Prize winner, first and second place winners in each of the three categories, and five honorable mentions. Check it out on this gallery page within School of Science website.