Every year, Northwestern University’s Science in Society holds a competition to find the most beautiful science images from researchers all over campus. This year, that contest was named “Capturing the Beauty of Science”, and attracted entries from scientists in physics and astronomy, biomedical engineering, chemistry, and plant biology. CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow Aaron Geller won Fourth Place in the competition for his 3D stereo image of the evolution of a star cluster; CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Hicks won an Honorable Mention for an image from her simulation of a flame, like those found in an exploding star, or “supernova”, showing how that flame is stretched and deformed by a gravitational instability. You can see all of the winners at Helix magazine, the online publication of Science in Society.
If you’d like to learn more, Elizabeth and Aaron will be giving a joint “Science Café” at the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday, October 25th, at 1pm.