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PNNL Science Artfully Displayed in Calendar and Traveling Exhibit

Science in art illustrates the impact of scientific discovery originating from the national laboratory system

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November 14, 2012 Share This!

  • PNNL is showcasing its science in a print calendar available to the general public. The artwork will also go on the road as part of a traveling exhibit throughout Washington state.

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RICHLAND, Wash. — For the first time in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's 47 year history PNNL is showcasing its science in a print calendar available to the general public. The artwork  will also go on the road  as part of a traveling exhibit throughout Washington state.

PNNL's 2013 "Discovery in Action" calendar features thirteen captivating scientific images along with the  stories behind them — from technology used to cool buildings more efficiently to minerals used to treat radioactive waste, and microbes important to improving human health to materials that capture the sun's energy.

"Science is amazing and beautiful," said John LaFemina, PNNL's director of Institutional Strategy. "The images in this calendar and traveling art exhibit clearly illustrate that the work we do at PNNL contributes to the safety, security and prosperity of our nation. They are also inspirational expressions of the creative skill and imagination of our staff; they are beautiful works of art."

Calendar images were selected from 99 staff-submitted entries during PNNL's third annual Science as Art contest. The twelve winning entries were selected by the general public, who could vote for their favorite images on PNNL's Facebook site this spring. All 99 photos are available for viewing on PNNL's Facebook page.

PNNL's 2013 "Discovery in Action" calendar, published by BrownTrout Publishers, Inc., is available in limited quantities for purchase online at Suggested retail price is $14.99. A downloadable PDF of the calendar is also available.

Adjacent to each image in the calendar are the names of the PNNL team members as well as research partners and funding agencies including Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, University of Notre Dame, Washington State University and University of Central Florida. Funding agencies include the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Security Agency, Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation.

Images within PNNL's 2013 calendar were captured using instrumentation at PNNL and two DOE national user facilities including EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL, and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

Artwork presented in the calendar will also be on display at Columbia Basin College Planetarium Dec. 3-Feb. 1, and LIGO Hanford Observatory Jan. 28-March 1. Other upcoming exhibit locations include the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WSU Tri-Cities, and other locations. Dates will be posted online when confirmed. Click here for more information about PNNL's science in art.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, National Security

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