‘Makes you think!’ – MME postgrad wins UCD Images of Research competition

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Winning image, ‘Makes you Think!’ is an SEM image of a piece of brain 

PhD student Badar Rashid, in the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and Dr Ian Reid in the UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering have been announced as the overall winners of the 2011 UCD Images of Research competition.

The winning image, entitled ‘Makes you Think!’ is a Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of a piece of brain after removing cylindrical samples from the white matter in sagittal, coronal and transverse planes. The research project behind the image, involves modelling and simulation of traumatic brain injury due to blunt head impacts.

This research is funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). The images were taken in the Nano Imaging and Material Analysis Centre (NIMAC) based in UCD.

Now in its sixth year, the UCD Research Images Competition has generated a unique collection of over 1,500 research images from across all Schools and Research Institutes in UCD. This year, over 100 images were submitted to the Competition, from 25 Schools and 10 Research Institutes and Major Programmes. Continuing to prove a very popular initiative with PhD students, over 50% of entries to the competition this year were submitted by UCD postgraduate students. Postdoctoral Fellows accounted for almost one sixth of the submissions.

The 32 winning and shortlisted images are now available in a digital exhibition on the UCD Research website: www.ucd.ie/research/images . In addition to providing a highly visual viewing experience, this exhibition provides further information on the research that is behind each of the images.

For further information on the Nano Imaging and Material Analysis Centre (NIMAC) see: www.ucd.ie/nimac