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Cool science photos at Noyes

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Science in Society, Northwestern University's office dedicated to science outreach and public engagement, has unveiled the winners of its 2011 Scientific Images Contest at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston.

Each piece, judged by a panel of local artists, scientists and community leaders, is representative of real Northwestern research. Submitted by University faculty, students and staff, the images cover a wide range of disciplines including medicine, chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology.

This image by graduate student Andrew Koltonow won first place in the 2011 Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. It depicts clusters of zinc oxide nanoparticles used in a coating to direct electric current flow in solar cells. Clusters in the lower left formed more slowly than the rest, producing the large, spindly crystals. Variations in color relate to the thickness of the clusters.

The winners from both this year's contest and the 2010 contest will be on display in Room 106 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., through Oct. 31.

Gallery hours are from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. For more information, call Science in Society assistant director Beth Herbert at (847) 467-2059 or email her at [email protected]

A gallery of the 2011 winners and honorable mentions is available online at sis.northwestern.edu.

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