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    Congratulations to the Winners of the First Annual Art in Science Competition!

    Date: October 03, 2019

    The Early Stage Investigator SubCommittee would like to thank all participants and judges who took part in the ASBMR’s first annual Art in Science Competition. The winning submissions were featured on slides in between scientific sessions throughout the 2019 ASBMR Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, USA. We are pleased to announce the competition’s winners below!

    First place: Vortex, submitted by Eric Fournier (left)


    This image shows the interior of a proximal femur of a sheep. The specimen was imaged using micro-computed tomography, and then volume-rendered using Dragonfly software version 4.5. The spiraling orientation of the trabecular trusses, and the transition of trabecular texture from a robust to a delicate fabric, create an impression of a dynamic vortex within the bone’s interior.

    Second place: Biomineral Braids, submitted by Wenge Jiang (center)


    Biology's biomineralization processes inspired us to grow hierarchically organized,  spiraling biomineral suprastructures resembling those found in Nature, including in snail shells and seashells, and in pathological "ear rocks" (otoconia) occurring in disease of the human inner ear. Working initially at the nanoscale, we created complex handed (chiral) spiraling structures made of calcium carbonate mineral. To do this, we added a chiral acidic amino acid (glutamic acid) abundant in proteins that bind to mineral including in bone and in tooth proteins. This photo shows six distinct interlacing coiled calcium carbonate platelet domains assembled into left-handed clockwise spiraling suprastructure arising from an unstructured centre core area (pink). The findings provide valuable insight into normal biomineralization processes, pathological biomineralization involving otoconia, and novel synthesis methods for next-generation biomaterials.

    Third place: UFO; Universe for Osteoclasts, submitted by Ha-Neui Kim (right)


    Actin fiber and nuclei were stained with phalloidin-rhodamine conjugate and DAPI in GFP-tagged osteoclast cultures.

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