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Pop Microscopy. Bridging Art and Science Towards the Future

August 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Title: 3D coded view of bovine retina rods by confocal laser scanning microscopy.
Details: Confocal microscopy of rods in bovine retina, colors represent different z-planes.
Credit: Paolo Bianchini, Nanoscopy, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia


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:


Second show: July 7 – August 22, 2018


Center for Arts in Medicine (FAD): Radici

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

Department of Chemistry (JHH): Glicine, Wool, and Leaf

Informatics & Biodiversity Institutes: Ariel (3D coded view of bovine retina rods by confocal laser scanning microscopy)

Department of Biology (BAR): La Ila

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (MCCD): Antigua

Health Science Center Libraries (COM): Axel

Biomedical Sciences Building (BMS): Equatore and Lost

Institute on Aging (CTRB): The Scientist

Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI): Magnolia and Frog, Pacman

Health Cancer Center (CGRC): Ireland and Mermaid

Department of Animal Sciences (ANS): Green Sleeves and Luna Park


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.



July 7 – August 22, 2018, 8:00AM-4:30PM


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


August 22
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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