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Results 2004
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First Place
Autofluorescence of Tick Nymph on a Mammalian Host Autofluorescence of Tick Nymph on a Mammalian Host
Credit: Marna E. Ericson, University of Minnesota

Laser scanning confocal microscopy captured the autofluorescence of a common deer tick as it feasted on the ear of a golden hamster.
Honorable Mention
Antarctic Diatom Chain Antarctic Diatom Chain
Credit: Dee Breger, Drexel University's Materials Science and Engineering Department

A microplankton sample pulled from the depths of the Antarctic Sea was captured by a scanning electron micrograph.
Honorable Mention
Pasture of Instabilities

Pasture of Instabilities
Credit: Linda M. Strzegowski and Ting Xu University of Massachusetts' Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

An electric field was applied to a thin film of polystyrene. The field amplifies irregularities on the surface of the film, which appear as colorful patterns under optical microscopy.
First Place
Water Permeation Through Aquaporins Water Permeation Through Aquaporins
Credit: Emad Tajkhorshid and Klaus Schulten Theorectical & Computational Biophysics Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This is a snapshot of an atomic simulation in progress. Boomerang-shaped water molecules slip as they march single file through the narrow pore of the gold aquaporin, while the red balls and fibers that make up the cell's membrane keep the outside water (top) from mixing with the cellular pool (bottom).
Honorable Mention
Spiral IV

Spiral IV
Credit: Kenneth Eward, BioGrafx Scientific & Medical Images, Ovid, Michigan

X-ray crystallographic data was used from real DNA molecules to paint a unique portrait of the double helix. The image omits the chemical bonds that crisscross the center of the molecule, so that the structural features of the helix, such as the major and minor grooves can be seen more easily.
Informational Graphics
First Place
Mt. Etna

Mt. Etna
Credit: David Fierstein, Felton, CA

This graphic cuts to the core of one of the world's most unusual volcanoes in Mt. Etna. The image merges the latest scientific data with state-of-the-art 3D modeling software to give a comprehensive view of the volcano's rich and violent history.
Interactive Media (screen shots)
Honorable Mention
Brachial Plexus Brachial Plexus
Credit: Paul Bigeleisen, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY

Physicians may be able to improve their accuracy in giving shots using this interactive DVD. The presentation combines ultrasound, virtual reality, animation, and see-through videography to provide a detailed roadmap of the peripheral nervous system in a living patient.
Honorable Mention
RNAi  A Ballet of Molecular Machines

RNAi A Ballet of Molecular Machines
Credit: Doug Huff, Beth Anderson, Simon Fenwick, N. Leigh Anderson and Norman G. Anderson, Arkitek Studios, Seattle, WA

RNA interference is a complex set of Cellular processes that converts a foreign piece of double-stranded RNA into a potent gene blocker. This is a narrated interactive video that takes viewers inside a living cell as double-stranded RNA is introduced.
Non-interactive Media (screen shots)
First Place
Bat Intercepts Flying Insect Bat Intercepts Flying Insect
Credit: Cynthia F. Moss and Kaushik Ghose University of Maryland, College Park

Under infrared light, a large winged object locks onto and overtakes a small blip, while a radar-like display tracks the entire proceeding. This is an experiment designed to understand how bats use sonar to capture their prey. See the animation at:
Honorable Mention
The Elbe River Flood 2002

The Elbe River Flood 2002
Credit: Nils Sparwasser, Christian Gredel, Adelheid Craubner, Thomas Ruppert and Robert Meisner, German Aerospace Center, Oberpfaffenhofen

This three-dimensional presentation incorporated optical and radar data from 10 satellites to send viewers on a bird's-eye journey over Eastern Europe in August 2002 as entire cities are consumed by the worst flooding to hit the region in more than 100 years.
Honorable Mention
Spatiotemporal Arboviral Surveillance in Florida during 2003 Spatiotemporal Arboviral Surveillance in Florida during 2003
Credit: Gregory Ross, Jonathan Day, Roxanne Rutledge-Connelly, University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Florida Medial Entomology Laboratory

Clouds of red, yellow, and green transiently materialize over various regions of the state of Florida as antibodies against the West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis viruses appear in sentinel chicken flocks throughout the year.
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