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PPPL’s Christopher Cane Has Winning Photo In Art of Science Competition

PPPL’s Webmaster Christopher Cane was one of the winners in this year’s Art of Science competition at Princeton University, with “Web of art and science,” a flower-like design put together with a former Princeton University webmaster colleague depicting the PPPL and the Lewis Center websites.

 Cane said he and Paul Csogi, the former webmaster at the Lewis Center for the Arts, came up with the idea of visualizing their websites when they met at a Drupal seminar on campus last year and began talking about it more seriously when they met again in February. “We started talking about the idea – wouldn’t it be great to visualize the two websites and have them connect somehow because they’re completely different in content but similar in structure,” Cane recalled.  

Csogi found a program that creates an image of the websites and the two worked on an image that combines them, with each dot showing webpages and the nodes showing links.

As it so happened, the theme of this year’s Art of Science competition was “Connections,” and it seemed to be a perfect fit, said Andrew Zwicker, head of science education, who is one of the organizers of the event. “His image was not just beautiful but appropriate for the theme given the connections of the website.”

The exhibit opened on Friday, May 10, and featured 44 images chosen from 170 submissions from 24 departments, which were produced during the course of scientific research.

This year’s exhibit also includes a close-up shot of the stellarator by Jacob Schwartz, a graduate student at PPPL.  

Zwicker noted that PPPL has won or been placed in four of the six Art of Science competitions since they began in 2005 and 18 science artworks by PPPL’ers have been exhibited. “That’s no surprise given how creative our colleagues are,” he said. PPPL photographer Elle Starkman’s “Iron Lotus” photo was displayed in the 2011 exhibit and Zwicker and Starkman’s photo of a dusty plasma won in 2005.

The exhibit is on display in the atrium of the Friends Center at Princeton’s School of Engineering.  PPL was one of the sponsors of the Art of Science 2013, along with the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the David A. Gardner ’69 Fund in the Council of the Humanities, and several cosponsors.

PPPL’s Art of Science photos will be displayed during the Laboratory’s Open House on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 An online gallery of this year’s exhibit can be viewed here (link to http://www.princeton.edu/artofscience/gallery2013/gallery.php.html). 

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