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Zoology graduate student wins first place in image contest

12/14/2009

“Save the Last Dance for Me,” Aswati Subramanian’s scanning electron microscope image of the single cell organism Tetrahymena thermophila.
Aswati Subramanian, a doctoral student in zoology at Miami University, won first place in the “still” image category of Celldance 2009, the American Society for Cell Biology’s annual film and still image contest. Subramanian won for her image, “Save the Last Dance For Me,” a scanning electron microscope image of the single cell organism Tetrahymena thermophila.

“Celldance recognizes still images and videos that are both scientifically important and visually engaging,” said Rex Chisholm, chair of the American Society for Cell Biology’s (ASCB) public information committee, which sponsors the contest. Winning entries are submitted to the ASCB Image & Video Library.

A recent $2.5 million stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health to the ASCB supports the development of “The Cell: An Image Library,” an online public resource database of cell images, videos and animations, according to the ASCB.

Subramanian, who is advised by David Pennock, professor of zoology and director of the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education, conducts research on understanding the molecular mechanisms of cellular movement.

Celldance winning entries, submitted by 10 scientists from the United States, Germany and France, were announced at the society’s annual meeting held Dec. 5-9 in San Diego. To view the winning images and videos, go to .

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