John Watts, Head of Knowledge Production, Emma Frances Bloomfield, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, and Maggie Farrell, Dean of University Libraries
The UNLV University Libraries announced that UNLV graduate student Travis Parsons and Dr. Emma Frances Bloomfield, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies were the winners of the inaugural Image of Research Competition during an open house event on Oct. 11 in Lied Library.
Sponsored by the UNLV University Libraries and hosted in conjunction with UNLV Research Week, the competition challenged students, faculty, staff, and community members to create an image that displayed their different, daring, and diverse research.
Parsons' submission, “A Scarlet & Grey Perspective of a Developing Drosophila Egg,” shows a portion of a fruit fly ovary treated with fluorescent probes, imaged using UNLV’s confocal laser-scanning microscope. Parsons, a Ph.D. student in cell and molecular biology, uses his research to examine how cells change shape as they move and grow within developing tissue.
Bloomfield’s image, entitled “Ark Encounter’s Bow,” showcases a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark build as part of a creationist theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky. Bloomfield’s research centers on the intersection of science and religion in public discourse and the consequences of alternative beliefs on the public’s understanding of science.
Both winners received a $100 cash prize and their images will be displayed within the University Libraries.
Images were judged by a multidisciplinary panel of judges on how well their image matched a submitted description of their research, the originality of the image, and the overall visual impact and quality of the image. The two winners received top scores in all three categories for all the judges.