Bringing Art to Science and Science to Art

Published on Wednesday June 1, 2005

Moving seamlessly between the worlds of art and science comes naturally to Director of Microscopy Dee Breger. Since coming to Drexel and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in March 2004, Breger has continued to produce and exhibit her unique and fantastic artwork in a variety of settings, as well as receive accolades for her work through competitions and awards programs. She is also constantly solicited for her images to appear on websites and in presentations. Following is a summary of Breger's recent work and accomplishments.

  • Since September 2004, 40 of Dee Breger's images have been on display as part of the "Massive Change" exhibit produced by world-renown designer Bruce Mau. The exhibit has been described by Newsweek as "a huge, stupefying eclectic multimedia exhibition on 'the future of global design'" and has received extensive media attention in other high profile popular publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Architectural Record. Additionally, several of Breger's images appear in the book accompanying the exhibition. "Massive Change" has been on display in Vancouver and is currently in Toronto and scheduled to continue traveling internationally. More information on the exhibition can be found at: LINK
  • In September 2004, Breger received Honorable Mention (second prize) in the National Science Foundation/Science Magazine 2004 Visualization Challenge. Her award-winning micrograph of a microplankton sample from the Antarctic Ocean appeared in the September 24, 2005 edition of Science and is currently featured on the MSNBC website.
  • Breger's image of a blood vessel is featured on the cover and accompanying workbook and CD of Pathophysiology: Third Edition by Lee-Ellen C. Copstead and Jacquelyn L. Banasik and published by Elsevier in 2005. The image details the interior of a spinal cord blood vessel showing red blood cells moving through the vessel.
  • A highly magnified abstract micrograph by Dee Breger of a surface detail of a male Aedes egypti mosquito, the species that carries yellow fever, appears on the cover of the United Kingdom's Royal Microscopical Society: Proceedings, Volume 40, Part I, March 2005.
  • Dee Breger's electron micrographic images will be an integral part of the Art & Science Collaborations, Inc's. (ASCI) first ArtSci Humanitarian project, Beneath-the-SEE. Beneath-the-SEE is a global public awareness campaign to help save the planet's oceans. Breger's images will appear as part of "The Fabric of Life," an exhibition of wall-hung textile panels, of electron micrographs of the ocean's flora and fauna, expected to launch in June 2007 in New York City and subsequently tour around the globe.
  • Breger also gave an invited lecture at Hunter College in New York City for ASCI's monthly meeting in February 2005 entitled, "The Remarkable Microworld."
  • The Genome News Network (GNN) posted several of Breger's images of diatoms in the Art Gallery section of their website. GNN "produces a lively and trusted online magazine that covers important developments in genomics research around the world."
  • The article, "Colouring-in micrographs-bringing images from the cloistered lab to the general public" by Dee Breger appears, along with several of her micrographs, on the Silicofossil Group's section of the United Kingdom's Micropalaeontological Society website.
  • Six of Breger's images were purchased for large-format display at Johnson & Johnson's global headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ. According to their website, Johnson & Johnson "is the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets."
  • A micrograph of dandelion seeds by Dee Breger recently appeared in the Italian magazine, Focus.
  • Dee Breger's Velcro image was used in a lecture entitled, "'Sim-Bio-Sys': Stimulating Biological Systems: Life as a Business Partner" about integrating biological principles, especially biomimicry, into business and leadership practices. The presentation was given at the Leadership for Sustainability conference, October 28-31, 2004 in Durango, CO.
  • Dee Breger's Velcro image will also appear in the World Intellectual Property Organization's upcoming children's publication, "Inventions and Patents." The publication is geared towards children ages 8-12 worldwide to encourage children to create and patent their inventions. The piece about Velcro will describe how nature inspires inventors. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is part of the United Nations system "concerned with promoting the protection of industrial property (patents, industrial designs, and trademarks) and copyright throughout the world."
  • Two of Dee Breger's images are on display at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, CA from April 2-June 15, 2005 as part of "Visions of Beauty: Images from the Ultimate Eye Foundation." The Ultimate Eye Foundation is a California non-profit organization for the advancement of photographic artistry.
  • Dee Breger is speaking on "The Remarkable Microworld" at the upcoming corporate conference, GEL: Good Experience Live, held April 28-29, 2005 in New York City. The mission of Good Experience "is to encourage the creation of good, meaningful experiences in business and life."
  • Dee Breger was appointed as a biographical candidate to represent Philadelphia, PA in the Manchester Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women, and for inclusion in the upcoming 2005/2006 "Honors Edition" of the registry.

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