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The National Science Foundation and the Journal Science invite you to participate in the 2005
Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
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To recognize and encourage visualization in the communication of science, and to showcase the exceptional talents of those who work in this area, the National Science Foundation and the journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), are cosponsoring the second annual Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. This international contest is designed to recognize outstanding achievements by scientists, engineers, visualization specialists, and artists in the use of visual media to promote understanding of research results and scientific phenomena.

Data may be the gold standard of science, but they don’t exactly glitter. A neat table of values cannot convey the significance, context or excitement of research results to anyone besides other scientists in the same subfield. No one else quite gets the picture—including the larger community that supports the global research enterprise.

So it’s not surprising that more and more scientists are striving to illustrate and explain their work with digitized images, color diagrams, and even multimedia. This effort, visible weekly on the cover and pages of Science and other journals, must increase. It is especially important because investigators at the outermost frontiers of science and engineering frequently study phenomena that are extremely difficult for most scientists to visualize, and downright formidable for the general public.

Judges appointed by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science will select winners in each of five categories: photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, interactive media and non-interactive media. The winners will be published in a special section of the September 23, 2005 issue of the journal Science and Science Online. The National Science Foundation will publish the winners on its website as well.

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