An exciting opportunity for the SIB community has come forth this spring: The World of Biology Photo Competition! Anyone affiliated with SIB is eligible to submit up to three photographs in any of three categories: Nature, Biologists at Work, and Biological Imaging. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st ($200), 2nd ($100), and 3rd ($50) place in each category.
Nature: Any photograph showing some aspect of the natural world.
Biologists at Work: Any photograph showing one or more biologists working in the laboratory or in the field.
Biological Imaging: Any photograph taken through or with the aid of a microscope or other imaging device.
To ensure that your photographs are in the competition, please mount each photograph on 11” x 14” quarter inch foam core backing, and drop them off along with electronic copies to the School of Integrative Biology office (286 Morrill Hall) by 5 PM Friday, April 19, 2013. There will also be an exhibit of the photographs at 612/614 Institute of Genomic Biology the following week from 3-5 PM on April 25, 2012.
Please feel free to download both the entry form and full instructions for the competition from this post by clicking on the following links:
SIB Photo Contest 2013 Instructions and Entry Form
SIB Photo Contest 2013 Flier
2012 World of Biology Photo Competition Winners
One of our undergrads is competing to go into space! He’ll be on campus for Engineering Open House this weekend. Go check him out and show your support!
So AXE, the deodorant company and not the chemistry fraternity, teamed up with Space Expedition Corporation, a private aerospace company developing a miniature space shuttle, to send a few people from around the world to outer space. The United States gets two seats. One of them was assigned with a sweepstakes during the Superbowl. The other one will be determined at a later date. The competition I’m in would allow me to get a chance to get that other seat. I am basically in a popularity contest: the top two spots with the most amount of votes move on to attend Space Camp. The two winners will join eight others chosen from other sweepstakes to go to Space Camp. The last seat for space travel will be chosen from people attending. Space Camp itself should be fairly exciting: it covers a ride in a fighter jet, a microgravity flight, and simulator space flight. I am currently in 24th place in that popularity contest. I’ve been dressing up as an astronaut everyday at George Mason University (just doing everyday things like doing hw, eating, going to class, etc…) and I’ll do the same at U of I when I visit March 8-10. That’s during my spring break so I’ll also have time to hand out flyers/pamphlets. The school newspaper there is going to run a story on me fairly soon.
For my graduate studies, I am pursing a Master’s degree in chemistry. My advisor is Paul Cooper and he specializes in the chemistry of planetary ices. The research I am conducting involves elucidating the mechanism behind methanol formation in irradiated ice. Water ice is the most dominant ice in the solar system and that ice is constantly bombarded by high-speed electrons, protons, and ions. This can lead to the creation of new and more complex chemical species if the ice contains other primordial chemical species like methane or carbon dioxide. My experiments involve shooting high speed electrons at water ice laced with methane. We identify various products using IR spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy. The exact mechanism or mechanisms of formation will be identified by using deuterium that will replace the hydrogen atoms in either the methane or water so that we can trace the movement of the hydrogen atoms.
This is being sent on behalf of Debbie Black.
Our next Open House is this weekend!! This is the weekend of our Orchid show and sale. The Central Illinois Orchid Society will be here to answer your questions. They will also provide the service of repotting your orchid for a fee. Also, at 1:00 the Orchid Society will do a presentation on “How to Repot your Orchid”.
In the conservatory, if the blue poppies cooperate, there will be a small display of the Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis. If you have never seen this plant, it is a small beauty of the poppy world. Please come out and join us this weekend.
Hours: Sat, March 9th, 10am – 3pm
Sun, March 10th 1pm -3pm
Location: The conservatory and head house area of the Plant Science Lab on Dorner Dr.
Note: Our next show and sale is Mom’s Weekend on April 13th and 14th here at the Conservatory.
For nearly three decades, Christina Cheng has been lured to Antarctica on a quest to unravel an evolutionary mystery: How do the fishes of the Southern Ocean survive – and thrive – in waters cold enough to kill them?
Check out these amazing images and look here for the story!