The University Libraries honored four individuals as winners of the second Image of Research Contest on Wednesday, Oct. 3 during a special ceremony at Lied Library. This year’s winners include Mandy Mountain, Research Faculty in the School of Life Sciences, Daniel Thompson, Associate Professor of Life Sciences, Ian Rabago, a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Esmeralda Cruz Lopez, an undergraduate student in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies.
Sponsored by the UNLV University Libraries and hosted as a pre-UNLV Research Week event, the Image of Research Contest challenges UNLV student and faculty researchers to create an image that showcased their different, daring, and diverse research.
“Caterpillar of the Endangered Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly Attracting an Ant Mutualist,” by Mountain and Thompson, won the faculty category. The image is based on their research on the life cycle of the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly (Icaricia shasta charlestonensis), an endangered species found only in the Spring Mountains of Southern Nevada. The photograph is the first to document the caterpillar in nature interacting with an ant, which are hypothesized to protect the caterpillar from insect predators and parasites.
“Spirals of Moons Around Rogue Planets,” by Rabago, shows simulations of his research on exoplanet solar systems using computer models. The image is a collage of all the moon systems created after a planet starting with 100 moons has left a solar system. Read more about Rabago’s research in the UNLV News Center.
“Undocumented Joy and Resilience,” by Cruz Lopez, highlights her research examining the ways undocumented students thrive and resist in a hyper anti-immigrant culture. She is exploring how students find hope and happiness while living through family deportations and attacks on immigrant community.
Each Image of Research category winner received a $100 cash prize, and the images will be displayed within the University Libraries.
Images were judged by a panel 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.
To see the Image of Research Contest entries, visit Digital Scholarship@UNLV, the institutional repository, at https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/image_of_research/.