At the μTAS conference in October 2014 Lab on a Chip Executive Editor, Harpal Minhas (above left) and Dolomite Microfluidics Group Chief Sales Officer, Omar Jina (above right) presented Tijmen (above middle) with his award and a $2500 gift certificate to spend on dolomite equipment.
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 – and it looks like they had a lot of fun during the making!
Ph.D student, Tijmen Hageman directed the video titled ‘Magnetotactic Bacteria.’
“The idea of dancing bacteria existed for some time already, and we decided to make it all in the style of Texas. We think we succeeded in introducting these extraordinary organisms to the public in a remarkable way and hope it will have made our research more visible,” he explains.
Like many studens, Tijmen is currently undecided about what to do after completion of his Ph.D. “I have some years left, and who knows…more videos prehaps” he says.
Tijmen can not take full credit for the winning video and we would also like to congratulate the following for their contribution:
Andreas Manz: Actor (bacteria)
Tijmen Hageman: Actor, director
Marc Pichel: Writer/ideas, cultivation
Caspar Abelmann: Animations
Line dancers: Ahyeon Gyeon, Jaewon Hwang, Jang Mi, Sangin Park, Jooyoung Im, Deepti Mittal, Marc Pichel and Tijmen Hageman
Photographed by David Castro and David Conchouso, is the top view of a rotating 40uL aqueous droplet, suspended at the interface between two fluids, inside a square cuvette. The droplet contains an assay of functionalized latex beads, agglutinating in the presence of human C-reactive protein. This entry was selected as the winning photograph due to its aesthetic eye appeal, artistic allure and scientific merit.
Congratulations to Dr. Sangeeta N. Bhatia, winner of the 2014 Corning Inc./Lab on a Chip Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship.
The picture shows Lab on a Chip Executive Editor, Harpal Minhas (Left) and Director of Polymer processing in Organic & Biochemical Technologies, Science & Technology at Corning Incorporated, Ed Fewkes (right) presenting Sangeeta (middle) with her award earlier this week at the µTAS 2014 Conference.
Have you made a great scientific discovery but are not sure how to convert it into a commercially successful product?
The Dolomite Centre, in collaboration with Lab-on-a-Chip journal and Integrative Biology journal are pleased to announce that the Dolomite and Lab on a Chip Productizing Science® Competition 2015 will open on the 1st of October 2014
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 Microfuidics, innovators in microfluidic solutions, have generously agreed to support 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 money, have a read of the entry conditions below!
Deadline 10th October 2014
Video Award Submission Process – Easy 3 Step Process
Step 1.Sign-In to the Electronic Form Using Your Registration Number (submissions can be made between July 25 and October 10, 2014. Form available at www.microTAS2014.org from July 25)
Please have your Abstract/Manuscript Number accessible. If you are unable to locate your Abstract/Manuscript Number, please contact info@microTAS2014.org.
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 in MP4 or MOV format online via this website. Entries will not be accepted by email, fax, 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 image. The ability to submit an image will close Friday, 10 October 2014 at 23:59 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA time (HST. GMT minus 10 hours).
Conditions of entry:
1. Only registered participants can take part/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 in length and file sizes must be compressed as much as possible for submission
8. Videos must be viewable on a PC without bespoke software
9. All submissions are submitted on the basis that they may be used by Lab on a Chip and/or CBMS for promotional purposes in any form
10. Judging by an international panel of judges will take place at μTAS 2014. The judge’s decision will be final and no discussion will be entertained.
11. The prize will be awarded at μTAS 2014 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!
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 2014 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, NISTand Lab on a Chipare 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
Collectively, these Insights demonstrate how the emphasis in LOC science and technology is shifting from foundational areas, such as methods of micofabrication and the physics of microscale flows, to serious explorations of uses and to demonstrations of applications. It is this research that provides the incentive for further and more extensive industrial engineering development and ultimately the incorporation into products. We hope you enjoy reading the collection as much as we did.