NSF and AAAS Name 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Awardees
This year's Visualization Challenge winners grab viewers attention and draw them into unseen worlds in very different ways
The winners and honorable mentions in the eighth annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge are featured in the Feb. 18 issue of the journal Science.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsored the awards.
Jeff Nesbit, NSF's director of Legislative and Public Affairs and Colin Norman, Science Magazine's news editor, described the competition: "An 'ocean' composed of a single layer of molecules; an intricate depiction of an HIV particle as a study in orange and gray; a phantasmagoria of fungi; a video tracing the long-distance travels of items dumped in the trash in Seattle. The four first-place winners in this year's International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge grab your attention and draw you into unseen worlds in very different ways.
"Researchers are generating mind-boggling volumes of data at exponentially increasing rates. The ability to process that information and display it in ways that enhance understanding is an increasingly important aspect of the way scientists communicate with each other and-especially-with students and the general public. That's why, for the past 8 years, Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have co-sponsored annual challenges to promote cutting-edge efforts to visualize scientific data, principles, and ideas."
A committee of staff members from Science and NSF screened the 111 entries from 63 countries, including U.S. entries from 24 states. It sent forth finalists to an outside panel of experts in scientific visualization to select the winners.
The winning entries are featured in the links below, in a slideshow, and on NSF's International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis) Special Report. In addition, a segment of the Science Podcast includes interviews with one of the competition's judges.
THE WINNERS (Winners by categories may be accessed via the links below)
First Place - Human Immunodeficiency Virus 3D
First Place - Introduction to Fungi
First Place - Rough Waters
First Place - TrashTrack
Scientific Visualization Judges
Patrice Legro Marian, Koshland Science Museum, Washington, DC
The submission of applications for next year's challenge are encouraged; details are found in the SciVis Special Report.
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