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Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science Towards the Future

November 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



 Title: Focus on Apparel Complexity

Technical Details: STthe image (size: 744 μm x 744 μm) show a cotton fabrics with a plain wave knitting imaged through a confocal microscope (excitation wavelength: 543 nm, emission wavelength: 600 nm). Dye: Rhodamine B, concentration 1 µg/ml. Superposition of 65 optical slices at a distance of 5 μm from each other along the z axis (total height=325μm) was acquired with a low magnification optics (10x objective).

Motivation:  In our work, we use cotton fabric as a model porous medium and study the effects of additives such as salts and surfactants on the evaporation of water. Our results point to the role played by topography and wettability of cotton materials in determining water distribution and evaporation. Donnarumma, Dario, et al. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2014.

Affiliation: Université Montpellier · Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (L2C), France

Credit: Dario Donnarumma 


Microscopy: an art? Yes, if it is pop. Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future: A Travelling Show at the University of Florida, June 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 as a part of Legacies of Leonardo: Celebrating 500 Years of Inquiry


Microscopy, as a technique in scientific investigation, had a key role in uncovering the intrinsic beauty of nature, leading some to propose that microscopy could be described as an art or even an art form. But is microscopy, which is essentially for scientific data acquisition and analysis, really an art?

From June 1st to the end of 2018, Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science towards the Future will become a traveling exhibit. Through beautiful images of cells, molecules, organs and tissues, this show will bring art and science together to uncover Mother Nature’s deepest and most beautiful secrets. You are invited to explore the intrinsic beauty of nature all around campus.


In the next six months, Pop Microscopy will rotate amongst these locations:


Fourth show: October 4 – November 7, 2018


Center for Arts in Medicine (FAD): Antigua

Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies (UST): Radici

Department of Chemistry (JHH): Green Sleeves, The Scientist, and  La Ila

Informatics & Biodiversity Institutes: Wool (Focus on Apparel Complexity)

Department of Biology (BAR): Snake

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (MCCD): Lost

Health Science Center Libraries (COM): Luna Park

Biomedical Sciences Building (BMS): Ireland and Mermaid

Institute on Aging (CTRB): Frog

Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI): Ariel and Equatore

Health Cancer Center (CGRC): Glicine and Axel

Department of Animal Science (ANS): Magnolia and Pacman


Organized by the One Health Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the Center of Arts in Medicine and the University Galleries, Pop Microscopy will launch the Legacies of Leonardo: Celebrating 500 Years of Inquiry, an interdisciplinary initiative by the University of Florida for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death.

October 4 – November 7, 2018, 8:00AM-4:30PM


Informatics and Biodiversity Institutes
Room E251
432 Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611


November 7
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Biodiversity Institute
432 Newell Drive, E251 CSE
Gainesville, 23611 United States
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