neuronal stem cell culture

Photo by the Troy Ghashghaei Lab

Overview

Second Annual Research Image Contest

In 2016, the Graduate School, University Communications and the College of Sciences sponsored the first ever NC State Research Image Contest, open only to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. This year, the contest expanded to include faculty and staff as well, and was sponsored by Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED). Also new this year, photography and microscopy were split into separate categories to encourage more images from all research disciplines.

The winners were announced on August 3. The page is dedicated to the faculty and staff winners, Graduate and postdoctoral researchers can be found on the Graduate School’s Research Image Contest Winners page.

You can get an in-depth description of the winning entries in each category by clicking on full list of related posts. A slideshow of all the winning entries (except the videos) can be found on Flickr.

Graphics and Illustration

Topographic Map of Mars

1st Place

Paul Byrne

Assistant professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


Description: Topographic data for the entire planet show the vast, low-lying plains to the north, enormous impact basins in the southern hemisphere and, to the west, the largest volcanoes in the solar system

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Plates on Lava

2nd Place

Rich Spontak

Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Title: “Plates on Lava”

Description: An unedited confocal laser scanning microscope gif of a polymer film composed of a special type of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) solvent-casted with PEO (Polyethylene oxide).

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Microscopy

1st Place

Rich Spontak

Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Title: “The Fingerprint of Molecules”

Description: Unedited polarized light microscope image shows the crystal formation of a special type of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) solvent-casted with chloroform. Plaque-like formations surrounding a fingerprint-like domain can be observed.

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“The Fingerprint of Molecules”

Rich Spontak’s “The Fingerprint of Molecules” won first place for faculty in the microscopy category.

Photography

Carpet Beetle

1st Place

Matt Bertone

Extension Associate, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology


Description: “Insects and their relatives (called arthropods) are a common – and sometimes abundant – component of the indoor biome,” Bertone says. “Humans live with many species of arthropods, some of which are tightly associated with homes and able to thrive in our relatively sterile, constructed environment.”

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Ethiopian farmer

2nd Place

Andy Stringer

Clinical assistant professor, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology and director of NC State’s Global Health Initiative


Description:  a farmer in Ethiopia who is involved with research focused on addressing the challenge of zoonotic disease on livestock owners, and the development of interventions aimed at increasing the safe consumption of milk for improved nutrition.

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