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Graduate students Alejandro Valdes and Bram Frohock won Honorable Mention in the photography division of the Envisioning Research contest for “Crystallization pattern.”

They describe the photo, “Synoxazolidinone derivatives are promising antibacterial compounds with plenty of potential applications in human health yet to be explored. In the Pierce lab, synthetic methods for accessing this kind of natural compound have been developed, and, by making changes in the chemicals used, completely novel synoxazolidinone derivatives with improved biological activity can be prepared. When particularly pure, some analogues precipitate forming beautiful crystalline structures. As if working on the synthesis of promising future antibiotic derivatives were not exciting enough, from time to time, daily lab work delights us with some unusual forms and shapes. Shown in this picture is an intermediate product that was just collected from a purification procedure and concentrated into a round-bottom flask forming a one-of-a-kind, breathtaking crystallization pattern. While working towards making synoxazolidinone antibiotics, these crystal patterns are one of the many pleasant rewards of the lab.”
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@NCStateBioSci student Carmen Mackenzie Cromer won second place in the photography division of the Envisioning Research contest for “Musical Chair.”

Cromer explains “Ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) make at least 22 different vocalizations, and as part of my research with Dr. Lisa Paciulli, I got to follow them around their outdoor enclosure at the Duke Lemur Center for several weeks, recording their calls. They took it upon themselves to sit on my collapsible field chair whenever they had the chance. I took this photograph one morning, right after I entered the forest, and the entire troop came leaping down from the trees to investigate. They all took turns sitting on (and scent-marking) my chair. It was an excellent example of how lemur dominance hierarchies function: the matriarch, Liesl, sat first, then her twin daughters Hedwig and Griselda, grandmother Schroeder, and finally, poor old Aracus, the only male in the group at the time, and the lowest-ranking member.”