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When Science Is Also Art

February 8, 2010

As part of my job as a biologist, I often have to look at samples under a microscope and take pictures. Like the image of the leaf in the blog header. Yes, that’s a leaf.  Looking at little bitty pretty things is one of those (rare??) activities in science that you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate.  That’s probably why many high schools have microscopes for the students to play with.

I once had someone tell me that we should “totally bring in the donors to see this stuff.”  Like, show someone something pretty and they will throw lots of money at your University.

Hmmm. . .

If that’s true then we should totally bring in the donors to see our stuff.  See for yourself in the Nikon Small World gallery, a collection of micrographs submitted by scientists all over the world. Some of the images are super cool, and others aren’t so pretty but microscope nerds like me appreciate them because they are technically difficult to make.

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