The Art of Science 2017

Binghamton University's first-ever Art of Science competition drew more than 65 entries from faculty, staff and student researchers.

Advances in imaging technology and tools mean that scientists have an increased ability to generate exciting data as well as to create compelling works of art. This contest offers an opportunity to share the beauty of science through photographs and images that describe some aspect of research captured visually.

The Art of Science, a juried competition organized by the Office of Research Advancement, was divided into three categories:

  • The World Around Us: images in which the subject is visible to the naked eye
  • Visualizing the Unseen: images captured with the use of optics that extend beyond what the eye can see, such as microscopes and telescopes
  • Imagining Science: images that depict objects too small to be visualized directly, models of scientific phenomena or processes or interpretations of scientific information

Entries, which all had a connection to Binghamton research, were evaluated based on scientific significance, originality and artistic and visual impact. Judges for 2017 included Jonathan Cohen, university photographer; Steve Czarnecki, associate director of S3IP; Jessica Fridrich, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and JR Beckford, project assistant, Science and Technology Entry Program.


Winners, announced during an April 19 campus reception held during Binghamton Research Days, are:

The World Around Us
First Place: Juliana Ramirez, "Phoenicopterus ruber" Judges Citations: Michael Jacobson, "Heart Pendant," and Juliana Ramirez, "Crevasse"

Imagining science
First Place: Hiroki Sayama, "Visualized for the Blind" Judges Citations: Andrey Dolgikh, "Domain Server Activity Smoke," and Alex J. Feingold, "Stainless steel 3D printed(3,5) torus knot"

Visualizing the Unseen
Best in Show and First Place: Kennie Leet, "iHeartgeology" Judges Citations: Tong Yang and Jeffrey Mativetsky, "Barrier;" and Matthew Sanger, "CT-scan: internal structure of an ancient ceramic vessel"

The contest was sponsored by S3IP and the Office of Research Advancement. Plans are already underway for a 2018 competition. Email for more information.