NIH Director’s Blog Feature

One of our archived artworks was once again selected to be featured by Dr. Francis Collins on the NIH Director’s Blog!

The featured art Salivary Amylase (2016) was captured via confocal microscopy by Swati Pradhan-Bhatt.

“Release of salivary enzyme alpha-amylase from human salivary glands spheroids in hydrogels, upon stimulation with neurotransmitter agonists.”


Dry Mouth (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH)

Swati Pradhan-Bhatt (Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE)

Director’s Blog (Dr. Francis Collins, NIH)

UDaily (University of Delaware)


Outreach | Tarbiyah School of Delaware

Art in Science welcomed students of grades 4&5 from Tarbiyah School at the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab on UD campus.

The students had the opportunity to tour the entire facility as they looked at this years artwork selections. We had a great time interacting with the students. Seeing and hearing their reactions to the artwork is always so fun.

Students then learned about articular cartilage, which allows the knee joints to be friction-less and functional. Osteoarthritis of the knee starts to occur when patients have worn out or even torn and missing articular cartilages.

The students were given an arts and crafts activity where they engineered a model of the knee at healthy, unhealthy, and osteoarthritis stages out of wood blocks, sponges, and pebbles. These models were like stamps, so the students were able to make imprints of each of the stages giving them a cross sectional visualization. The students particularly were excited to create the imprints and where able to explain OA at the end of the day!

Exhibition Selections 2018

Hello all! We were very excited seeing all of the images submitted this year – we had over 100 images submitted from over 10 departments including entomology, fashion and apparel studies, biological sciences, biomedical engineering, marine science, plant and soil science, anthropology, and more!

We would like to invite everyone to the Opening Night at Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington, DE where the artwork will be on display from May 4th through June 1st. The Opening Night will be on Friday, May 4th from 5:00PM – 8:00PM for our Meet the Artist Event. This is an opportunity for the public to explore UD’s research and get to learn the science behind these incredible images for free!
This year’s opening night is going to be very exciting with live music, prizes, and food! The Blue Ball Barn will be hosting their own Foodie Friday event, so it’s bound to be an incredible night of art, science, and food.

Art in Science Submissions

We’re almost a week away from the submissions deadline! We’ve received some amazing works so far and am looking forward to more. If you have some incredible images from your research please share! We’re excited to see what research everyone has been working on this year.

Deadline: Sunday March 4th, 2018

Submission Form

Art In Science 2018 Date

Hello all!

Art in Science has finalized a date for 2018. Our exhibition will primarily be displayed at the Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. Our main exhibition event “Art in Science” will be taking place to the Blue Ball Barn on Friday May 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. You’ll be able to enjoy a night of creative artwork developed by researchers at the University of Delaware. Prints can be purchased of your favorite images.

The call for submissions will be starting soon in the new year. Keep your eye out for more updates!

Waxing from Crescent to Supermoon

You may have noticed this weekend, and over the past week, the moon was particularly bright. This was because just yesterday on Sunday a supermoon occurred, lighting up the sky.

A supermoon is a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is full and near its perigee, which is when the moon orbits closest to Earth. The alignment allows the moon to appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. This is rare due to the moon’s elliptical orbit, which is not in sync with its perigee often.

However, what is more common to see are the phases of the moon, which goes through a cycle of waxing and waning from crescents to full moons.

If you missed the supermoon, here is another representation of the moon through science. The featured artwork from Hetty Nie (Biomedical Engineering 2016) is aptly called Phases of the Moon.

The image was produced from through confocal microscopy by scanning a laser across a think film of gold which removes a non-adhesive layer from the gold surface. This then allows fluorescent protein to adsorb onto the areas that were scanned. From the right top corner there is a very faint dusting of gold that is left, which looks like the beginning of a new moon. As you travel to the bottom left corner, there is more residue of gold left behind, which incrementally look like the moon waxing into a crescent, until it reaches a full moon at the end.

Delaware First Features Art in Science

Once again Art in Science is leaving it’s blueprint bit by bit. This time we had a few pieces of art that were featured on canvases at Delaware First Campaign and the UD Presidential Campaign Launch. Our artwork is quite novel, the way we’re displaying our research with a creative and artistic platform. Words going around that the President and his guests were highly impressed! Attendees of the event included President Dennis Assanis, Vice President Joe Biden, and several Board of Trustee members. Check out the pieces of art that were chosen to be displayed at the event.

One of the pieces A Fiber of Your Imagination by Jillian Emerson (2017) was printed onto multiple pieces of canvas that were arranged to create kaleidoscope effect. This was captured using optical microscopy in reflection mode.

“For millennia, humans have been looking to the skies and finding shapes in the clouds and stars. As new technologies have emerged,  it has become possible to turn the imagination towards the microscale. This optical micrograph depict the result of the introduction of a small particulate matter during solution casting pf polymer blends. The fiber produced small changes in thickness near the defect site in the resulting thin film, creating color gradients in the sample, and disrupted the local blend structure. Like making shapes in the clouds or connecting the stars, the interpretation of this image is up to you. The question remains: what do you see?”

The second piece Bringhurst Gabbro by William “Sandy” Schenck (2016) was imaged through polarized light microscopy showing a plagioclase-olivine-pyroxene-hornblende gabbro.

“A Celebration of Innovation and Inspiration” launch event for “Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware” held in Clayton Hall on November 10th, 2017. – (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)
Development & Alumni Relations rolls out the the Delaware First Campaign Launch at Clayton Hall, Friday, November 10th, 2017 with President Dennis Assanis, Vice President Joe Biden and several Board of Trustee members along with faculty & staff.

The Ghost in the Lab Dish?

One of the artwork from this year’s Art in Science was featured in the NIH Director’s Blog!

Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Collin’s post.

“As Halloween approaches, lots of kids and kids-at-heart will be watching out for ghosts and goblins. So, to help meet the seasonal demand for scary visuals, I’d like to share this award-winning image that’s been packaged into a brief video. The “ghoul” you see above is no fleeting apparition: it’s a mouse cell labelled to reveal its microtubules, which are dynamic filaments involved in cellular structure, transport, and motility.”

Check out the blog post to learn more!