Do you want to see them to believe them? Three visual presentations, one by a professor and two by UdeS doctoral students, were ranked among the 20 images selected in the latest competition. Photo proof from Acfas. Our research community stands out again because of its amazing talent in publishing both engineering and quantum science as well as the humanities and social sciences.
Through their colorful, enigmatic, and fascinating images, the finalists demonstrate their ability to communicate their science to all kinds of audiences, while allowing for different areas of research to be represented.
Popularizing science is essential, as it makes science known and accessible. This year, having three UdeS finalists who have popularized multiple science disciplines in the Proof by Image competition is a source of great pride.
Jean-Pierre Perrault, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at UdeS
Voting is open on the Radio Canada website until September 17! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite UdeS photo. Visit the website ofHere is Radio Canada And vote for your favorite photo. Pictures are also featured in Level 100 of the Montreal Biodôme.
The roots of education
Outdoor education is highlighted in the photo by Jean-Philippe Ayotte Baudet, Professor in the Department of Preschool and Primary Education, Faculty of Education. This image, which shows concrete learning in an authentic setting, evokes the emotional and physical dimensions favored by this type of pedagogy.
A team from the University of Sherbrooke observed first-year students in Madame Mary Line’s class at Sacred Heart Academy. Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet captured the moment when two children dressed in yellow were methodically marking the path of gnomes before Christmas, as part of a sporting activity.
The humanities and social sciences radiate in this picture as nature turns into a classroom.
All areas of research have their place and must be evaluated and put forward. Just to be there [finaliste au concours La preuve par l’image]I think this is a huge victory for the humanities and social sciences and of course for education, but more broadly for the humanities and social sciences.
Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet is Professor in the Department of Preschool and Primary Education, Faculty of Education
A quantum computer allows for an enormous density and power of computation compared to a classical computer. It will perform its calculations at the atomic level, which requires delicate electronic components, such as single-atom memories and transistors, in miniature size.
To enhance the bonding between these components, Rizwan Amrar, a doctoral student in the College of Engineering and at the Quantum Institute, used a noble metal evaporation process, such as gold (Au). Although this technique has generally been perfected, some surfaces do not support mineral deposition. The image thus evokes these gold nanostructures that emerged on a silicon wafer. These are sea anemone tentacles!
Nano Symphony of Colors
This diptych photo doesn’t look real, yet it is! College of Engineering doctoral student Raphael Dhawan used nanofabrication technology developed at 3IT to create a vibrant image with natural colors. The colors vary according to the metal used, ranging from blue for aluminum to golden for titanium nitride.
This image represents a technique that I developed and was able to publish in my Ph.D. It allowed me to make something artistic out of something scientific. I thought there was a symphony of colors when I first saw the image.
Raphael Dhawan is a doctoral student in engineering
This fractal image shows relief creation on electronic circuits, while it is normally seen in 2D. In fact, the addition of “valleys” allows new electrical devices to be formed. The image on the left is made of a single material, a polymer, and developed by lithography (a microfabrication technique). Its colors reveal the effect of differences in nanometer thickness on light reflection. On the other hand, the image on the right is composed of several plasma etched materials. The ions thus bombard the surface, forming a controlled topography.
Competition Photo proof Acfas aims to promote Canadian scientific work and discovery. Each year, members of the UdeS research community participate in this competition, allowing them to share their passions and publish their work, as well as boost the impact of their university.
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