iCubed

Fall 2012 STEAM Posters

One of the objectives of ICubed is to inform the UCF Community about scientific concepts. The project is meeting this objective by funding the STEAM Gallery Initiative which is an activity that encourages STEM researchers to expand their thinking and find ways to communicate their science to non-STEM audiences. In order to best communicate STEM research conducted at UCF, ICubed created teams of two, composed of a student from a STEM discipline and a student from the School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD). Over the fall 2012 semester, the student teams worked together to produce a poster that was visually appealing and understandable to the lay person. The final posters were presented at the State of STEAM event in April 2012. The teams also had the opportunity to further show their work by entering the NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge in the fall of 2012.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Neurofibromatosis Type 2: Identifying a Lower Risk Treatment - Anna Roberts

My design primarily features a diagram of an ear that demonstrates tumor growth from Neurofibromatosis Type 2, as well as the research being done with different medicines to cure them. I chose to include a magnification of tumor development inside the nerve as well, to illustrate that the growths from this disease don't only occur on the nerve itself.

It was important and necessary for me to understand the disease, in order to create a design that represented it, and the research, correctly. Being able to collaborate on this project with someone who is very knowledgeable on the disease, as well as doing some research on my own, helped me to know what material to look for as inspiration and references, and eventually to create an accurate design.

I created the poster using Adobe Photoshop; it is the program that I am the most skillful with, and I felt that it was the best option for creating the design I wanted. Apart from the text, everything was mostly drawn and rendered by hand, using a Wacom tablet. Overall, I am very pleased with the final design, and am thankful to have been able to be a part of and learn from this experience.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Christina Fernandez-Valle from the Department of Biomedical Sciences and her undergraduate research assistant Matthew Donnan. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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Structural Health Monitoring - Kelsey Tervo

This poster is a reflection of what my partner Travis Henriques is researching in his field of civil engineering. The thought behind this design was to try and capture what technology can do for us when it comes to our basic safety on bridges. I wanted to create an image of an unstable bridge; something that was cracking and was structurally unsafe to emphasize the point of how important this research is to the well-being of society.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Necati Catbas from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering and his undergraduate research assistant Travis Henriques. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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Improving the Orlando VA Medical Center: A simulation approach - Cecillia Lin

In order to improve the system of the Orlando VA Medical Center, a simulation of the medical center was built on the computer to run and test the result of making certain changes. The graphic was based on the actual simulation with some changes in line and color for catching more attention and bring in more dimensions. On top of the simulation graphic, there are some of the changes that were considered and ran on the computer.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Jose Sepulveda from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and his undergraduate research assistant Tatiana Viecco-Botero. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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Oral Polio Vaccine: Will it Facilitate Eradication or Cause another Pandemic? - Emilie Finney

The ultimate goal of STEAM is to fuse art and science. With this in mind Sara and I began by deciding what, visually, we wanted to evoke based on Sara's research. Next we determined which visual elements would be significant. Since Sara's research amasses and processes data, we determined text and type were to be a primary tool. Color was also to be important in order to deliver the correct message. The problems stemming from Polio are not completely diminished. Through her research, Sara is aiming to raise awareness because, even in science, this is not a topic much discussed. The visual acts as an aid in raising awareness.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Linda Walters from the Department of Biology and her undergraduate research assistant Sara Bolivar-Wagers. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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A Virtual Robotic Exploration of Robert Scott's Exploration Site in Antarctica - Emily Buehrer

I decided it was important to show the user, robot, and environment as the main focus of the design. Because the purpose of this research is to allow people to observe the exploration hut, I depicted both the inside and outside of the hut so someone viewing the poster could quickly and easily tell what kind of environment is involved. All of the illustrations were designed in Adobe Photoshop. I decided to create an original style that would not mimic the images used by Krysten's team. Textures and details were important in the design to accurately represent the exploration.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Charles Hughes from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and his undergraduate research assistant Krysten Thomas. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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The Many Colors of the Eyelash Palm Pit-Viper - Nicole Shebroe

Kelly's research focuses on the geographic range of the eyelash palm pit-viper, Bothriechis schlegelii. The eyelash palm pit-viper has a large range of known-locations, but also has a diverse amount of different physical traits. One distinguishing feature of this species is the presence of 3 scales over the eyes that appear to be like 'eyelashes' - but not all of the snakes in this same species have them.

For the poster, I wanted to feature the snake with the eyelash scales since it is one of its more charming characteristics and the map of its range. The snake is colored in one of the brightest and most easily recognizable golden yellow color that some of the species has. The snake is also known to be arboreal, so it is shown in a tree. The background ties into this tree theme as well. The map colors show some of the differences of the species in different areas; in this case, highlighting the presence (or not) of eyelash scales.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Christopher Parkinson from the Department of Biology and his undergraduate research assistant Kelly Diamond. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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Slip Dynamics of Differential Drive Robot - Rachel Ianni

This poster is meant to demonstrate the testing and experimentation of the differential drive robot vehicle on various surfaces. I wanted to display a specific part of the research process, particularly the testing of the wheel slippage on a dirt surface. The main focus is on the actual robot vehicle and is meant to emphasize the wheels and the slipping action that occurs when the vehicle moves across the dirt. I wanted to visually represent the research in a concise manner that would appeal to all audiences.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Suhada Jayasuriya from the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering and his undergraduate research assistant Samuel Yacinthe. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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Analysis of a Rotating Soccer Ball - Samantha Holton

This poster is primarily based on the aerodynamic properties of a rotating soccer ball in flight by using computational fluid dynamics. How the seams on the soccer ball and the flow around the soccer ball react will be identified on how strong the velocity is from the pressure of the fluid dynamics. Based on Ivan's studies, Turbulence and the separation of flow are studied at different conditions mimicking real game situations. This will help with experimenting with different forces by the ball and fluid interaction and this will help determine more flight trajectory of the soccer ball.

Samantha wanted to display that each part of the research process so far and how are they interact by putting the fluid dynamics against the ball and have the vortices form off the ball. She kept her focus on a soccer ball and how different velocities affect the vortices off the ball. She wanted to create an approach that captured these steps visually and keeping the simplicity behind the idea.

This work was inspired by the research of Dr. Marcel Ilie from the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering and his undergraduate research assistant Ivan Trivino. Visual direction was managed by Dr. Joo Kim from the School of Visual Arts and Design, University of Central Florida, Fall 2012.

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