The Art of Science (and worms!)

Click to watch Adam Brown describe the art behind his science (And worms. Lots of worms)

Adam Brown is no stranger to a microscope. As a computational neuroscience graduate student in the lab of David Biron, PhD, assistant professor of biophysics, Brown spends his days studying the neurobiology of the nematode worm C. elegans. But these tiny worms don’t just serve as model organisms for Brown’s research. They also happen to do double duty as models for his art.

Brown’s photographs have won awards at national conferences, including the fourth annual Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s national BioArt competition. One image in particular, depicting a colony of nematodes feeding on bacteria, was recently the subject of a blog post by NIH Director Francis Collins, who wrote about both the scientific and aesthetic value of Brown’s research.

Brown, along with graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from the University of Chicago and Northwestern, are now taking their art to the people in a special exhibition hosted by Podmajersky Inc. and the Chicago Arts District.

The one-night show, titled, “The Art of Science,” is part of 2nd Fridays Gallery Night—monthly open receptions at galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago. The images that will be highlighted represent fields ranging from nanotechnology to physics to medicine. The researchers who created these pieces will all be present to tell the stories behind the captivating images and to share their love of nature and science with the community. To see a preview, visit the Biological Science Division’s Instagram page.

The Art of Science begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m. this Friday, April 8, 2016, at 1915 South Halsted Street.

About Kevin Jiang (147 Articles)
Kevin Jiang is a Science Writer and Media Relations Specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine. He focuses on neuroscience and neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychology, genetics, biology, evolution, biomedical and basic science research.
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