The DCASS Art-in-Science Competition gives participants an opportunity to demonstrate that art and science are not distinct enterprises. The process of discovery in science and engineering parallels the artistic creative process and can give rise to images of sublime beauty.
This year's featured keynote talk will be "The Wright Brothers and Flight Research." It will be presented by Mr. Albion Bowers.
|Priority abstract deadline||13 January 2012|
|Final abstract deadline||30 January 2012|
|Art-in-Science deadline||17 February 2012|
|Pre-registration deadline||17 February 2012|
|Symposium||6 March 2012|
This is an image taken under a Polarized Optical Microscope with crossed polarizers. A mesogenic cyanate ester resin is melted between glass slides under the microscope and after a short time turns into a nematic phase due to crosslinking and chain growth of the monomer into a thermoset. The resulting image is exhibiting a nematic Schlieren texture.
An image taken with a Polarizing Optical Microscope of a liquid crystalline polymer in the super cooled RT state. The polymer was melted into a nematic phase first, supercooled below the nematic/crystalline transition. The polymer crystallizes with the underlying texture of the nematic phase still present, leading to the hair like texture.