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Old Dominion University's Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, have partnered to present "The Art of Science," a collection of 14 photographs by professors Lisa Drake and Martina Doblin, featuring plankton and other marine organisms. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 13, 2003.

The striking images were taken through a microscope using a digital camera and a set of prisms and filters to create colored backgrounds. The images offer a new perspective on marine organisms as art forms.

The organisms were collected between February 2000 and June 2002 from tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay-including the Lafayette, Elizabeth and Rappahannock rivers-as well as from the Bahamas and California's Monterey Bay.

The photographs initiated the project "Art in Science," which uses the images to create a K-12 curriculum that weaves art and science together to engage students in the exploration and evaluation of the world around us. An interdisciplinary team of professors in the sciences, arts and education is working to bring the program to teachers in the Virginia public school system.

The "Art of Science" exhibit complements Nauticus' new traveling exhibit "Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss," also on view through Sept. 13, 2003.

For more information, call Nauticus at (757) 664-1000 or ODU's Office of University Relations at (757) 683-3100.

This article was posted on: June 23, 2003

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