An image by Sheryl A. Rakowski, senior research specialist, Department of Bacteriology, was among 10 winners of the 2013 UW-Madison Cool Science Image contest. Her winning entry was Middle Earth, slime mold as macroscopic “flash mob,” depicting a fantastical picture of amoebae in their social manifestation. All 10 winning images can be seen here.
The winning entries—chosen from a pool of 105 photos, micrographs, drawings and videos—represent a cross-section of UW-Madison research and scientific interests. Winners were chosen by a panel of eight judges, including experts in microscopy, satellite imagery and the arts.Entries were judged by a number of criteria, including presentation, technical merit, scientific content, and the aesthetic qualities evident in the image.