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Fall 2013 STEAM Posters

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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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From Sponge to Cure - Amanda Rush

This illustration depicts the sponges and environment in which PAIs are found. The research I was provided dealt with the ability of PAIs to cure many diseases. I was inspired by the colors of the ocean and chose to depict the natural environment in which these compounds are found to create an aesthetically pleasing scene for the viewer.

This poster was inspired by research conducted by Mónica Rivas, student at the University of Central Florida. All work was overseen by Dr. Joo Kim, Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Central Florida.

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Baumbach Andy

This three-dimensional graphic illustrates the power of media influence on proven scientific research. I wanted to artistically convey the numerous accounts of Hollywood promoting false beliefs about pseudoscience in a way that was relatable to a large audience. Trying to develop a scene which would portray the many different facets of pseudoscience was difficult, but I felt that a movie reel would be recognizable to many and still be able to incorporate multiple examples. I was able to successfully put these individual instances into one composition by illustrating a generic and recognizable piece. The depth of the movie reel conveys action and a certain realism, which is familiar to viewing one of these motion pictures.

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Cheyanne Fannan

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Jennifer Diaz

To create a visual representation of the process of heating carbon dioxide to Supercritical level, I created a solar power plant. In front of that is a wind turbine that stores the Supercritical carbon dioxide. Having the turbine closer to the viewer helps to show that this is the main component of this process.

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Joe Benjamin

My artwork illustrates a program called Simple Soccer. The contrasting colors of the players show the two opposing teams and help visualize to the viewer the aspect of competition. The arrows illustrate what will happen in the future and the final result. This is important because the research involves the decision making of artificial intelligence and its outcome.

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Enhanced Nanopillar Supercapacitors - Lindsey Desrosiers

In order to represent the research of these nanopillar supercapacitors, I wanted the design of the poster to incorporate the function of these devices. First, the device is a representation of the supercapacitor itself. Also, the close up image of the nanopillars has lightning bolts symbolizing the energy that passes back and forth between them. The background of the poster is a flat image of solar panels to reflect the usage of these devices and where the energy stored in them come from.

This work was inspired by the studies of Danielle Abbitt, a biochemistry major from the College of Sciences at University of Central Florida, and her research and creation of nanopillar supercapacitors.

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Olivia Adkins

This poster design explores the relationship between mathematics and art. When conceptualizing how these curves are calculated, my first thoughts went to the Fibonacci sequence and how it can be continued infinitely. I wanted to design a poster that would convey the research as a whole. Through my use of layering color in individual curves and creating a seemingly endless curve of the torus shape, each component was carefully considered to create an artful representation of the mathematical calculations.

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Rayvon Pascale

My partner Pascale and I collaborated to design our poster based off her scientific research, studying the effects of a deadly cell destroying protein called Peroxynitrite. I must admit that I struggled in the beginning to understand her concept the more we talked the easier it became to visualize her concept. My goal was to help others understand exactly how Peroxynitite effects healthy cells and to become aware of the damaging effects that it can cause. When combined with a carrying agent called HSP90 the Peroxynitrite protein causes the healthy cells to swell up and burst, which leads to the cells death. This is one of the main factors in diseases that cause muscle deterioration.

I decided that the best way for viewers to visually understand what was happening in the experiment is to recreate what would actually happen in a step by step process. The background is a colorized photo of the actual healthy rat cells from the experiment and I made a simplified version of the cell to show the main area affected which is the cell nucleus. The diagram in front not only leads the viewers eye across the page, it also shows the details of the experiment from start to finish.

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