UCSD has a tremendous array of talented students. This week I met two UCSD students who have inspired me through their work in creating BioEASI. The mission of BioEASI is to reignite public interest in and subsequent support for science and technology by making basic research more accessible and meaningful to everyone through art.

Since art is valued universally for its capacity to communicate to people in a way that words cannot, it presents itself as a way for making even the most complex issues of science comprehensible to anyone and everyone. BioEASI, therefore, strives to blur the distinctions between art and science by exhibiting the aesthetics of research from active scientists in public domains and in the classroom.

As a part of this mission, BioEASI plans to achieve the following aims:

Invoke public interest in and appreciation for science and technology with science art in public areas (libraries and city buildings). Science art pieces include primary data from scientists, artistic renditions of research from various fields of study, and science-loving artists’ interpretations of science.

Inspire artistic expression from scientists and scientific thinking from artists at social events, thereby creating collaborative science art projects for public outreach.

Excite the next generation with in-classroom presentations of stunning science art, introduce scientific thinking with hands on experiments, and motivate students with their own science art creations.

The BioEASI logo is a collection of science images from a number of researchers representing a range of model organisms from the less than a micrometer long to more than a millimeter in size.

  • B: HeLa (human) cell in mitosis – Tom Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy & Imaging Research at UCSD
  • i: D. melanogaster (fly) – Tom Deerinck
  • o: HPV virus – Xiaodong Yan, assistant research scientist & Timothy S. Baker, professor, UCSD
  • E: Rat retina astrocytes and blood vessels – Tom Deerinck
  • A: HeLa (human) cell – Tom Deerinck
  • S: C. elegans (worm) – Katie Estes, Postdoc in Troemel lab, UCSD
  • I: S. pombe (yeast) 3D reconstruction- Johanna Hoog, McIntosh/3D EM lab, CU Boulder