Published on Friday September 26, 2008
An electron micrograph, “Squid suckers: The Little Monsters That Feed the Beast,” created by Ph.D. student Jessica Schiffman, received an Honorable Mention in the Photography category of the sixth annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Winning entries first appeared on the NSF web site and the Science web site and 26 September 2008 print issue of Science. The image also made appearances in print and on the web sites of Focus Italy, Nature, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Ars Technica, AAAS, Forskning & Framsteg, Illustreret Videnskab, Spiegel Online, The Boston Globe, and MSNBC.
Schiffman’s image, compiled while researching chitin properties in the lab of Dr. Caroline Schauer, portrays the fanglike structures, 400 micrometers in diameter, that a squid uses to latch onto its prey.
“They’re just tiny things, but they really keep the beast alive,” said Schiffman, who has received IGERT and GAANN fellowships for her Ph.D. work.
Over 180 entries were received from 21 countries for this year’s competition. NSF and Science created the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge to celebrate and further encourage the role that imagery plays in bringing science to the general public. Schiffman's image was taken using the Zeiss Supra 50VP scanning electron microscope in Drexel's Centralized Research Facilities.