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The Image Of Research Past Exhibitions

2020 1st Place Moving Image Category Heading link

Tardigrades: Surviving Water Loss

Submitted by: Paul Veach
Program: Biomedical Visualization
Division: Life Sciences

Description: For my research, I sought to explore how tardigrades are able to survive desiccation and water loss. I created this animation to offer an adventurous exploration into these microscopic animals’ fascinating abilities. The animation depicts the molecular mechanism that allows tardigrades to enter a tun state by producing matrices in their cells, protecting them from desiccation. The narrative guides the viewer through the story and molecular mechanisms, making it easy to follow and providing an exciting visual insight into tardigrades.

2020 2nd Place Moving Image Category Heading link

Calm Before The Storm

Submitted by: Navid Saneie
Program: Mechanical Engineering
Division: Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Description: When a liquid drop comes close to a hot surface with a temperature above the liquids’ boiling point, we expect to observe a behavior that resembles the liquid boiling. However, if the surface temperature is significantly higher than the boiling point, the evaporation rate of the liquid drop becomes high enough that it creates a vapor cushion below the droplet preventing any contact between the liquid and the substrate. This phenomenon, known as Leidenfrost effect, represents a very low rate of heat transfer from the hot surface. During my research at UIC, I’ve studied the behavior of individual droplets after contacting superheated microstructured surfaces. With the goal of understanding and recognizing the dominant heat transfer mechanisms during the droplet impact, I’ve fabricated microstructures to systematically study the boiling transitions inside an impacting liquid droplet. This video is explaining a very interesting incident at which the droplet shows an explosion behavior after it contacts a substrate with a dense pattern of fabricated microstructures. During this explosion, even though the droplet shows a similar behavior to when it boils, boiling is suppressed, and the explosion is not a sign of efficient heat transfer. Recognizing this behavior is vital to avoid any possible calamities in power plants and industries in which cooling hot surfaces is critical.

2019 1st Place Best Moving Image Heading link

HiVolt: A Rapid HIV Viral Load Test

Submitted by: Dani Bergey
Program: Biomedical Visualization
Division: Life Sciences

Description: My research at UIC has focused on using multimedia techniques (e.g. animation) and visual design principles to effectively depict complex biomedical processes and engage audiences of different biomedical backgrounds. This particular animation was created in collaboration with a biomedical engineering lab at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. Here, I created an animation about a novel diagnostic device that measures HIV viral load. This animation required the effective use of many advanced multimedia techniques that I learned in the past year in UIC Biomedical Visualization animation courses, including: particle systems, physics simulations, AfterEffects animating and compositing, and animated materials (particularly apparent during the simulation of HIV particle lysis). This animation will be used in seminar settings to more effectively explain a complex, novel biomedical engineering topic to scientists in the field of diagnostics, engineering, and infectious disease.

2019 2nd Place Best Moving Image Heading link

Circle of Defense

Submitted by: Kate Vergara
Program: Community Health Sciences
Division: Life Sciences

Description: Born out of my PhD dissertation, I am producing a documentary film entitled, “Circle of Defense: a documentary on community health workers in Nigeria and Sierra Leone.” My UIC School of Public Health PhD dissertation “What’s after polio? Priorities & Adaptability in Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan” focuses on legacy planning for global polio eradication programs. In this video footage, I wanted to highlight the critical role that community health workers play in addressing health burdens worldwide and how the trained polio workers should be utilized to address other public health outcomes. The footage in my moving image submission was shot in northern Nigeria and Sierra Leone in November of 2018 while I was writing my dissertation. It first shows community health workers in Nigeria, a high-risk polio country. Second, it shows polio community health workers in Sierra Leone who task-shifted to address the unprecedented Ebola outbreak of 2014-16. Their engagement in their communities, spreading vital health education messages, identifying suspected Ebola cases, tracing Ebola contacts, and changing traditional burial practices attributed to changing the projection of the outbreak and saving thousands of lives.

2019 Honorable Mention Moving Image Heading link

Macrophages in Wound Repair

Submitted by: Julia Bendon
Program: Biomedical Visualization
Division: Life Sciences

Description: Animation has become an increasingly popular resource in schools for conveying complicated, dynamic biological ideas. Slideshow presentations, however, remain the chief form of media used to teach undergraduate college students. This research compared the ability of this animation with that of a slideshow presentation to teach undergraduate college students about macrophage phenotypes in wound repair. The content for this animation was created in conjunction with Dr. Timothy Koh of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois. The results of this study were statistically significant and consistent with my hypothesis that students who watch the animation will score higher on an assessment of the content than students who view the slideshow. Comparing the efficacy of different types of educational media is an important step to help improve undergraduate students’ learning and comprehension of complex scientific topics.

2018 1st Place Best Moving Image Heading link

Visualization of an Australopithecus aferensis specimen: Implications for functional foot anatomy

Submitted by: Eleanor Milman
Program: Biomedical Visualization
Division: Life Sciences

Description: This is an excerpt from my Master’s Project Research in Biomedical Visualization. The purpose of this project was to explore visual and technological strategies in creating an animation about the fossils of human ancestry. Working in collaboration with paleoanthropologist Dr. Zeray Alemseged at the University of Chicago, I reconstructed, modeled, and animated the foot of the Dikika Child fossil, also known as “Selam” or “Lucy’s Child.” This individual is the youngest early hominin specimen in the human fossil record, making her fossil essential in uncovering the history and evolution of our unique human characteristics. In particular, I explore how different features of the foot anatomy can be linked to the development of upright bipedal locomotion in humans. Using CT slices, I compiled 2D image data and used it to create 3D models of each skeletal feature. I then retouched the 3D surface of the models and applied lights and materials to them. I then animated them to reveal different important relationships. For comparison, I also completed the same process with a juvenile human specimen. This project not only facilitated the visualization of important paleoanthropological specimens, but it also fostered a relationship between the Biomedical Visualization department at UIC and the Organismal Biology and Anatomy department at the University of Chicago.

2018 2nd Place Best Moving Image Heading link

Lumenote : A Generative, Data Driven LED Music Box

Submitted by: Gerard Mayer
Program: Industrial Design
Division: Arts and Humanities

Description: Lumenote is a LED music box that generates an endless, unique music composition based on different data sets to express the status of a topic of interest through light and sound. Instead of mechanical chimes, notes are created using programmable color LED lights which are interpreted by color sensors to play these notes through the speakers using an Arduino based synthesizer. This semester I’ve been researching the current state of music education in US public schools, using data from over 1200 schools across the United States. This research has shown that schools with the highest poverty concentration have 66% less music teachers and give students 15% less access to music. That said, these music teachers collaborated 18% more with teachers of other academic subjects, making connections to improve their student’s understanding of both topics. Lumenote contains an algorithm that uses these data sets to create notes with varying colors that embed music composition parameters like pitch, note range, chord type, and effect amount into each LED. Lumenote creates an opportunity for a non-intrusive news update on a variety of topic interests, creating a pleasant soundscape from “Big Data”.