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  • Collection: Undergraduate Contestants 2014

Reading Physiological Signals from Faces

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My research is on non-contact heart rate detection using temporal analysis of face video captured by ubiquitous RGB webcams. The cyclical movement of blood causes the color variations on the face, and the pulse via abdominal aorta andthe carotid…

Elegant Elongation

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Planarians are freshwater flatworms that possess remarkable regenerative abilities, and are able to regenerate whole animals from small tissue fragments. My research in the Newmark lab is focused on identifying genes that play a role in the…

Hartig's Net

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This image depicts the root tip of a turkish hazelnut plant. My research investigates the impact different hazelnut genotype groups had on the mycorrhizae that colonized their root systems. To confirm colonization and type of mycorrhizal infection,…

Harnessing the Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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Accounting for approximately 40% of total mass and 30% of an individual’s resting metabolic rate, skeletal muscle is vital to the maintenance of health, function and quality of life. Pictured in this image is a cross section of skeletal muscle…

The Grander View

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"Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Who can say, of the two, which one has the grander view?" - Victor Hugo

Building thin films is an essential application of nanoparticles in the fast-growing field of electronic nanotechnology.…

A Close-Up in Color: Fluorescence Microscopy of Fibroblast Cells

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This image contains two fibroblast cells that were fixed on a microscope slide after being stained with rhodamine phalloidin (red), wheat germ agglutinin (green), and 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (blue) in order to visualize various structures…

Post-Class Waiting

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One of the most rewarding things I did while studying abroad was not only my research on Chinese students' language acquisition, but also volunteering at a local migrant school teaching English to 1st through 3rd graders. The experience gave me a…

Kenyan Street Youth Releasing Through Yoga

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Yoga has recently spread to Kenya with a variety of studios opening up around Nairobi. One in particular brings yoga to those who never would have heard of it before. Africa Yoga Project (AYP) is an NGO that trains underprivileged Kenyans (with an…

All Wired Up

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This selfie shows undergraduate research assistant, Alexander Senetar, wired up in a state of the art, new technology created at the University of Illinois called EROS (Event-Related Optical Signaling). EROS provides high accuracy and precision in…

Inclusivity through Sport

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I took this picture at a wheelchair track practice last fall. It tied in perfectly with the research I had been doing on sport and inclusion. Previously, people with disabilities have been excluded from mainstream society and sports, with a mindset…