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2015 Art in Science – Editorial

The 19th International Conference of Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences held in Gyeonju, South Korea on October 2015 saw the 8th Art in Science competition.

The judges thought the quality of submissions was really high and the Lab on a Chip team would like to thank all the contributors. Please join us at Lab on a Chip in congratulating all of our prize winners.

You can read more information about this competition and its winners on Darwin R. Reyes’s Editorial in Issue 8.

The Art in Science award is sponsored by NIST and supported by MicroTAS, the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS) and the Lab on a Chip journal. The award consists of a monetary prize ($2500), an award certificate, and the coveted front cover of the Lab on a Chip journal.

We encourage you to participate in the 2016 Art in Science competition


2015 Winner: Through Warhol’s eyepiece, by Matteo Cornaglia

Image winner of the MicroTAS 2015 Art in Science award titled Through Warhol’s eyepiece by Matteo Cornaglia (Laboratory of Microsystems, EPFL).

Through Warhol's eyepiece by Matteo Cornaglia

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Lab on a Chip awards prestigious prizes at MicroTAS 2015

The µTAS 2015 Conference was held in October at the Hwabaek International Convention Center in Gyeongju, Korea.

Sarah Ruthven, Executive Editor of Lab on a Chip, was in attendance at the conference to announce the prestigious Lab on a Chip awards which include the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship (in partnership with Corning Inc), the Widmer Young Researcher Poster Prize, the Art in Science award (sponsored by NIST) and the µTAS video competition (in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics).

“Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship

Professor Dino Di Carlo was announced as the winner of the 10th “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship, sponsored by Lab on a Chip and Corning Incorporated and supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS). The “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship rewards early to mid-career scientists who have made extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. Professor Di Carlo received a certificate, a monetary award and delivered a short lecture titled ‘Microfluidic Frontiers’ at the conference. More information can be found on the competition blog.

Left to right: Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip) and Professor Di Carlo (winner).

Art in Science Award

Lab on a Chip and the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) presented the Art in Science award to Matteo Cornaglia from the Laboratory of Microsystems, EPFL in Switzerland. The award aims to highlight the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit. More information on the winning photograph can be found on the competition blog.

Left to right: Darwin Reyes (NIST), Matteo Cornaglia (winner) and Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip).

µTAS Video Competition

Lab on a Chip and Dolomite Microfluidics announced Dan Kirby and the Ducrée Lab, Dublin City University the winner of the 2015 µTAS Video Competition supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS).

µTAS participants were invited to submit short videos with a scientific or educational focus. The winners, the Ducrée Lab, recreated an 80’s music video titled “Spin me right round” to promote new areas of research in lab-on-a-disc platforms. The full video can be viewed on the competition blog.

Left to right: Mark Gilligan (Dolomite), Dan Kirby (winner) and Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip).

Widmer Young Researcher Poster Prize

The Widmer Poster Prize was awarded to Jinho Kim from Inje University, Korea, with a poster titled “Single-cell isolation of circulating tumor cells by microfluidic technology”.

Left to right: Jinho Kim (winner) and Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip).

Congratulations to all the winners at the conference! We look forward to seeing you at µTAS 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Art in Science Competition Winner Announced at MicroTAS 2015

Lab on a Chip and the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) were pleased to present the Art in Science award titled “Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science” at the µTAS 2015 Conference.

The award highlights the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit. Many fantastic submissions were received this year with the winner selected by a panel of senior scientists who attended the conference.

And the winner is…

“Through Warhol’s eyepiece” photographed by Matteo Cornaglia, Laboratory of Microsystems, EPFL, Switzerland.

The winning artwork, “Through Warhol’s eyepiece” photographed by Matteo Cornaglia from the Laboratory of Microsystems, EPFL in Switzerland, was created by on-chip multi-dimensional imaging of C.elegans embryogenesis as observed through an Andy Warhol microscope, equipped with a 63x oil immersion objective and a pop art optical filter. For the first time, automated longitudinal studies of C.elegans embryos are made possible by microfluidics. For this artwork, 20 embryos are isolated from an on-chip worm culture upon egg laying and transferred into dedicated micro-incubators for long-term time-lapse imaging of the whole population at single-organism resolution. Each colour corresponds to a different instant of the same population development.

And the runners up are…

“Reflections of micro-ocean escaping” photographed by Maoxiang Guo, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

A tiny drop of liquid is encapsulated in a polymer microwell, covered with thin gold film. As the device is heated, the liquid is expanding, creating a bulge in the gold film, stress and ripples in the rest of the gold sheet.

“Microparticle Microgalaxy” photographed by Ghulam Destgeer, Department of Mechanical Engineering (KAIST), South Korea.

Microparticles are manipulated inside a sessile droplet of water placed on top of a vibrating acoustofluidic platform. Surface acoustic waves leaking into the water drive the concentration of the larger diameter (yellow) particles while smaller (blue) particles remain scattered in the background. The particles resembles stars spread in a celestial galaxy.

A big thank you to all the contributors this year.

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“Spin me right round” wins the 2015 MicroTAS Video Competition

Lab on a Chip and Dolomite Microfluidics are pleased to announce Dan Kirby and the Ducrée Lab, Dublin City University the winner of the 2015 µTAS Video Competition supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS).

At the µTAS conference in October 2015 Lab on a Chip Executive Editor, Sarah Ruthven (right) and Dolomite Microfluidics Group Chief Executive Officer, Mark Gilligan (left) presented Dan Kirby (centre) with the award and a $2500 gift certificate to spend on Dolomite equipment.

Registered µTAS participants were invited to submit short videos with a scientific or educational focus. Videos could be fun, artistic or just surprising and unusual to be in contention for the prize. The winners, the Ducrée Lab, produced a video titled “Spin me right round” focussing on centrifugal microfluidics. They recreated a classic 80’s music video in the lab to highlight the new areas of research in lab-on-a-disc platforms. They hope that viewers enjoy the “new spin” they have put on biomedical diagnostics!

Thank you very much to all the participants for submitting such high quality entries.

Congratulations to the Ducrée Lab!

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2015 MicroTAS Video Competition

Lab on a Chip is proud to announce the second μTAS Video Competition, created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society).

We invite registered μTAS participants to submit short videos (see full conditions of entry below) that are either scientifically or educationally focused. Videos may be fun, artistic or just surprising and unusual in order to meet these criteria.

Dolomite Microfluidics, innovators in microfluidic solutions, are supporting this competition with $2500 worth of Dolomite equipment as the prize.

If you think you have the necessary visual science to take home the prize, have a read of the entry conditions below!

Deadline: 26th October 2015

Video Award Submission Process – Easy 3 Step Process

Step 1. Sign-In to the Electronic Form Using Your Registration Number

Please have your Registration Number accessible. If you are unable to locate your Registration Number, please contact microtas2015@hdasan.com.

Step 2. Fill in Remaining Information on Electronic Submission Form

Please fill in remaining information on the electronic submission form including title of image and your caption.

Step 3. Upload Your Video

All entries are to be submitted online via this website as .mpg, .mp4, .mov, .avi or .wmv. Entries will not be accepted by email or post. Once your entry has been successfully uploaded and submitted, you will be given an entry number and you will be sent a confirmation email with the information you provided, minus the video. The ability to submit an video will close Monday,26 October 2015 at 23:59 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA time (HST. GMT minus 10 hours).


Guidelines:

1. Only participants registered for the MicroTAS conference can take part and submit videos

2. Videos must be either scientific (demonstrating interesting aspects) or educational (enhancing understanding) with respect to micro- or nanofluidics

3. Videos can be presented in a fun way

4. Videos can be presented in an artistic way

5. Videos can be presented in a surprising or unusual way

6. Videos can be enhanced by audio, animations, or annotations, if necessary

7. Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes each

8. Videos should have a file size less than 25 Mbytes (please use appropriate video compression)

9. Videos must be viewable on a PC without special software (.mpg, .mp4, .mov, .avi or .wmv)

10. Videos can be uploaded between July 25 and October 26, 2015

11. All submissions are submitted on the basis that they may be used by LOC and/or CBMS for promotional purposes in any form

12. Assessment by an international panel of judges will take place at MicroTAS 2015. The judges’ decision will be final, and no discussion will be entertained.

13. The prize will be awarded at MicroTAS 2015, and a written voucher for the equipment will be handed over to the person submitting the winning entry.

Finally, just for a bit of inspiration, here’s a classic Lab on a Chip video from our YouTube channel…enjoy!


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Winner of the Productizing Science© competition 2015

The Productizing Science© Competition provides entrants with the opportunity to take advantage of Dolomite’s experience in developing successful scientific products. Entrants were asked to submit an abstract detailing their innovative scientific concept, and an outline of how the concept could be commercially successful.

Out of all the high quality entries received, Zimmertech excelled with their electrochemical sensor development kit. This innovative concept shows real potential for benefiting the microfluidics market and will aid the development of portable hand-held diagnostic devices for disease detection, allowing laboratory-based assays to be performed in the field.Dolomite

“We are delighted to announce Zimmertech’s Electrochemical sensor development kit as the winner  of the Dolomite and Lab on a Chip‘s Productizing Science® Competition 2015. Zimmertech’s technology will be combined with Dolomite’s outstanding R&D capabilities to develop an easy to use product for rapid investigation of electrochemical sensor concepts and assays.  We look forward to commercialising the product in 2016 and thus truly Productizing Science®.”

Mike Hawes, Chief Commercial Officer, Dolomite Microfluidics

Congratulations to Zimmertech AS and thank you to everyone who took part in the competition!

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2015 Art in Science Competition

The µTAS 2015 Conference is featuring an Art in Science competition titled Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science

Deadline 26th October 2015 at 23:59 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA time

Since the earliest publications of the scientific world, the aesthetic value of scientific illustrations and images has been critical to many researchers. The illustrations and diagrams of earlier scientists such as Galileo and Da Vinci have become iconic symbols of science and the scientific thought process.

In current scientific literature, many scientists consider the selection of a publication as a “cover article” in a prestigious journal to be very complimentary.

Are you attending the µTAS 2015 Conference?

Would you like your image to be featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip?

Would you like to win a financial reward?

To draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustration while still conveying scientific merit, NIST and Lab On a Chip are sponsoring this annual award. Applications are encouraged from authors in attendance of the µTAS Conference and the winner will be selected by a panel of senior scientists in the field of µTAS.

Applications must show a photograph, micrograph or other accurate representation of a system that would be of interest to the µTAS community and be represented in the final manuscript or presentation given at the Conference.

They must also contain a brief caption that describes the illustration’s content and its scientific merit. The winner will be selected on the basis of aesthetic eye appeal, artistic allure and scientific merit. In addition to having the image featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip, the winner will also receive a financial award at the Conference.

Art Award Submission Process – Easy 3 Step Process

Step 1. Sign-In to the Electronic Form Using Your Abstract/Manuscript Number

Step 2. Fill in Remaining Information on Electronic Submission Form

Step 3. Upload Your Image

To read the full guidelines, please visit the competition website.

Good Luck!

You can also take a look at the winners from last year on our blog.

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2014 Art In Science Competition

Every year, Lab on a Chip and the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) sponsors the Art in Science award, titled: “Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science”. This award, presented at the annual microfluidics conference MicroTas, highlights the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit.

In 2014, this competitions saw its 7th year and the submissions were fantastic. A big thank you to all of our contributors!

And the 2014 Winner is…

The Sphere:

Top view of a rotating ~ 40 uL aqueous droplet, suspended at the interface between two fluids inside a square curvette. The droplet contains an assay of functionalized latex beads, agglutinating in the presence of human C-reactive protein. Photographed by David Castro and David Conchouso.

And the runner ups are…

Wicking Glass Channels:


Streams of two aqueous dyes interlace at the junction of two channels on soda-lime glass. The cracked glass morphology promotes rapid wicking and mixing of the liquids.Photographed by Manuel Ochoa.

Acoustic Streaming Effects:

By acoustically oscillating the triangular, solid sharp-edges inside microfluidic channel with a piezoelectric transducer, acoustic streaming patterns can be developed around the tips of the triangular, solid sharp edges. Photographed by Po-Hsun Huang.

Highly Porous Polymer Bead:

A highly porous polymer bead generated from High Internal Phase Emulsion. This bead (D=200µm) was synthesized inside a droplet-based microfluidic device and cross-linked under UV irradiation. These beads cna be used for a range of applications, including tissue engineering, 3D cell culture, biocatalysis and enzyme storage. Photographed by Florian Lapieere.

You can read more about the art in science of MicroTAS in Darwin Reyes-Hernandez’s (NIST) Editorial.

The Eight Annual Art in Science Award coming soon!

http://www.microtas2015.org/

We hope that these images have inspired you to get creative!

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Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lecture 2015

Lab on a Chip will again join forces with Corning Incorporated to award the ninth ‘Pioneers of Miniaturisation’ Lectureship at µTAS, including a certificate of recognition and a prize of $5000.

Miniaturisation plays a significant role in our daily lives; devices are becoming smaller and smaller, and this trend is set to continue. Current micro and nano fluidic research encompasses many scientific developments and technologies that will increase our understanding of phenomena at the micro and nano scale and potentially have a huge positive impact on our lives in the future. The use of micro and nano fluidic technologies will impact on a diverse range of industries ranging from their use in motor cars, through health improvement applications and to their use in protecting national and environmental security needs.

Nomination Deadline: 10th July 2015

At Lab on a Chip, we strongly believe in this technology and have been willing to show the necessary commitment and financial support to back the development of this research community. It is in this vein we present this award to honour and support the up and coming, next generation pioneers in this field of endeavour. This years lectureship will be presented at the µTAS 2015 Conference in Gyeongju, Korea.

Who should you nominate?

  • Early to mid-career scientists.
  • Scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. This will be judged mainly through their top 1-3 papers and/or an invention documented by patents/or a commercial product. Awards and honorary memberships may also be considered. The awardee is required to give a short lecture at the µTAS Conference in the same year.

Who has won the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship in the past?

  • The 2014 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship was awarded to Sangeeta Bhatia, MIT.
  • Further information  on past winners can be found on our webpage.

How do I nominate?

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Lab on a Chip gives prestigious awards at µTAS 2014

The μTAS conference 2014 was held in October, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

As in previous years, Harp Minhas, Editor of Lab on a Chip, was in attendance at the conference to announce the prestigious Lab on a Chip awards, which include the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship (supported by Corning Inc), the Widmer Young Researcher Poster Prize, and the Art in Science Award (co-sponsored by NIST).

New to 2014: The μTAS Video Competition, created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society) was awarded for the first time at this years conference!

Art in Science Award

The Art in Science Award is given each year “to draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit.” This year’s award was presented to David Castro and research group form the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. More information on the winning photograph can be found on our competition blog.

Left to Right: Darwin Reyes (NIST) Shilpa Sivashankar (KAUST) Harpal Minhas (LOC) and Albert Folch (University of Washington)

Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship

The Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship recognises early-mid career scientists who demonstrate outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the understanding and advancement of micro- and nano-scale science. This year, the Lectureship was awarded to Sangeeta Bhatia, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology.  Dr Bhatia received a certificate$5000 and gave a short lecture at the conference. You can find out more about Dr Bhatia on our winners blog.

Left to Right: Harpal Minhas (LOC) Sangeeta Bhatia (winner) and Ed Fewkes (Corning Inc.)

Video Competitions

New to 2014 and created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society) the video competiton was awarded to Tijmen Hageman and colleagues. Prior to the conference, μTAS participants were invited to submit short, scientifically or educationally focused videos. The winning group, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Twente and the Korean Institute of Science and Technology produced a video demonstrating that bacteria can be manipulated by a magnetic field by using magnets to teach bacteria to line dance. The full video can be viewed on our competition blog.

Left to Right: Harpal Minhas (LOC) Tijmen Hageman (winner) and Omar Jina (Dolomite Microfluidics)

Please join us at Lab on a Chip in congratulating all of our prize winners! We look forward to seeing you at μTAS 2015 in Gyeongju, Korea.

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