L&S students, professor among 2015 Cool Science Image winners

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Psychology graduate student Brian Allen, zoology graduate student Hilary Bultman and botany Professor Marisa Otegui were all among the winners of UW-Madison's 2015 Cool Science Image Contest.

Sorting through a record number of entries, judges for the annual contest selected 11 still images and one video. The judges — representing broad expertise in scientific imaging, art and science communication — worked through 115 submissions to arrive at this year's winning entries.

Submissions overall and winning submissions represent a wide segment of the UW-Madison community, including faculty, staff and students and a range of disciplines from art to zoology. Winning images depended on techniques ranging from MRI to a cell phone camera. Read about all the winners in Terry Devitt's story for University Communications.

Bultman won for her micrograph of thyme plant floral trichromes, while Allen teamed up with art graduate student Alex Orellana on an MRI of the human brain pathways involved in amblyopia or "lazy eye." Otegui took a cellphone picture of ice crystals on a windowpane.

To see all the winning images, visit The Why Files.

The Cool Science Image Contest is sponsored by Promega Corp. Founded in 1978 in Madison, Promega is one of Wisconsin’s leading life sciences companies. Additional support is provided by DoIT’s Digital Publishing and Printing Services. The purpose of the contest is to provide a showcase for the work of Wisconsin researchers. All of the winning images and videos will be featured in an exhibit to be held during the fall semester at the Mandelbaum & Albert Vision Gallery, part of UW-Madison’s McPherson Eye Research Institute.