14th Juli 2011
Swansea University art competition celebrates the diversity and beauty of academic research
The prize-winners of a Swansea University art competition which celebrates the diversity and beauty of academic research have been announced.
The competition invited images from all over the University that are inspired by research or inspire research. Of the sixty entries, the four top prize-winners and two special awards were announced at an award ceremony hosted by University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Noel Thompson.
The overall winner was Elizabeth Sackett, from the College of Engineering, for her image entitled Pac-Man, a striking representation of a laser-bombarded aerospace alloy.
The runners-up were Suzy Moody, from the Institute of Life Sciences, for Scrutiny, showing a bacterial colony, Arnold Beckmann from Computer Science for his mosaic of Alan Turing and Matt Carnie from the College of Engineering for his image entitled A year in a day which representing his year’s research into Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.
The Catherine Draycott (Head of Wellcome Images) Biomedical Award went to Mark Penny and Rich Brown , of the College of Engineering and Lewis Francis of the Institute of Life Sciences, for their image entitled Regenerative Cartilage Sunrise.
The Professor Dame Jean Thomas Postgraduate Image Award went to Jamie Nemeth and Will Bryan, for their image of Ion shells produced by ultrafast intense infrared laser pulses.
The competition was organised by Swansea University Research Forum (SURF), who are committed to enhancing the research environment, encouraging interdisciplinary networking, facilitating individual research excellence, and aiming to inspire research throughout the University. Funding for the competition was provided by Bridging the Gaps (BTG).
Dr Richard Johnston, organiser of the event, SURF Board Member and lecturer in the Materials Research Centre, School of Engineering, said, “The quality of the entrants was extremely high and I congratulate the winners on their achievement. The aim of this event is to create excitement around research at Swansea, and an innovative interface for collaboration”
The exhibition is at the Study Hall at Swansea University Library, Singleton Campus, Swansea.
For more information about SURF: swansea.ac.uk/research/surf