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02-18-2010

Clarkson University’s Dave Beck Honored by Science

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jellyburger.jpg]

Assistant Professor Dave Beck, director of Clarkson University’s Digital Arts & Sciences program, has been honored in the 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the journal Science, which is published by AAAS, the nonprofit international science society, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).Dave Beck Honored by Science

"Jellyfish Burger," a visual treatise on the surprisingly adverse impacts of overfishing on our diet, by Beck and marine scientist Jennifer Jacquet, received honorable mention in the illustration category.

Beck’s artwork is a 3-dimensional digital composited image that suggests "edible jellyfish are clear and ambiguous," said Beck. "So if we want to communicate the future of seafood, 3D modeling is a great tool because it can convey jellyfish to the viewer in a way that a real jellyfish cannot."

The concept and words were created by Jacquet.

The image was featured in a 2009 issue of BlueSci, a popular science magazine produced by the University of Cambridge, as well as in Scientific American.

Currently in its seventh year, the international competition honors artists who use visual media to promote the understanding of scientific research. The criteria for judging the entries included visual impact, effective communication, freshness and originality.

The 19 February 2010 issue of Science will feature the winning entries, which will also be freely available with registration, at http://www.sciencemag.org/special/vis2009 and the NSF’s Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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