STEAM Auctions

The 2017 Science to Art auction is now CLOSED. 

All proceeds from the 2017 Science to Art auction benefited STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education in the community through the following organizations: BioGENEius, Prep-KC, Science City and the Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Repairing the Genome

    Repairing the Genome
    Bret Freudenthal, PhD - University of Kansas Medical Center

    Damage to our DNA occurs on a regular basis, but our bodies have elegant mechanisms to repair this damage. Using X-ray crystallography, we can observe this complex process at the atomic level to identify how DNA is repaired. The image shows an atomic structure of a key protein (APE1) in blue cutting a damaged base (center, red) out of a DNA strand (yellow).

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  • Psychedelic Intelligence

    Psychedelic Intelligence
    Plamen Doynov, PhD- MRIGlobal

    This image was created by an Artificial Intelligence program - a reconfigurable Neural Network (NN) that simulates the functionality of the human brain. The deep learning NN structure can be modified interactively with a number of parameters: size of NN, connectivity of neurons, activation functions, scale, resolution, and others. This particular image is created by the NN initialized with the numeric presentation of the “KCALSI” acronym.

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  • Muscle Deconstructed

    Muscle Deconstructed
    Nicole Green- Kansas State University

    A central composite image of fruit fly larval muscle is framed by individual images captured through confocal microscopy to create a 3-D projection. Moving clockwise from the top left, muscle (red) fades to epithelium (green) and finally through the cuticle (blue) as the perspective shifts through different cell types required to support muscle health and contraction. 

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  • Cellular Galaxies

    Cellular Galaxies
    A.J. Mellott, PhD- University of Kansas Medical Center

    These images are of adult stem cells grown in monolayer after being punctured and are labeled with tri-color immunofluorescence.  The green labels actin filaments within the cells, the magenta labels a protein within cells responsible for contraction, and the blue labels nucleic acids in the nucleus of the cell. These two images are named for the resemblance of stars that swirl around the center of spiral galaxies.

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  • Matterhorn Rising

    Matterhorn Rising
    Jacob McGuire, DDS, PhD- University of Missouri - Kansas City

    The image shows a topography of the bond between esthetic, white tooth enamel and the supporting, sensitive tooth dentin. The immunofluorescently stained dentin surface at the dentin-enamel junction is depicted from a mature human tooth specimen. The region of interest is in the cuspal region; its topography much like that of a rugged mountain peak.

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  • Water Speed

    Water Speed
    Joe Bindel- MRIGlobal

    The image shows atomization of water as it exits a spray nozzle, taken using a high speed laser imaging instrument. This instrument is used to characterize spray nozzles, and to measure particle size and particle velocity in fluid flow and suspensions. Four processed images are displayed with the light and dark areas inversed. 

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  • Divergent Networks

    Divergent Networks
    Eric Villalon, PhD- University of Missouri

    This is an inverted and reflected, pseudo-colored image of a nerve branch and the nerve-muscle connection (neuromuscular junction) from a mouse model. This particular model is showing Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress 1 disease treated with viral gene therapy. The picture shows preservation of the nerve (green, top left) and the muscle connection site (red, top left) after viral gene therapy.

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  • Cryptic Keys

    Cryptic Keys
    Christian Gomez- University of Kansas

    This image is human intestinal tissue from a patient with ulcerative colitis. The blue ovals are the DNA of each cell, the red is a protein that suppresses tumor formation, and the green is a marker for cells that produce mucus, while the yellow is a fluorescent molecule naturally made by the body. The “islands” of red are crypts that are found throughout the intestines and contain stem cells which are responsible for replenishing cells that form the gut lining.

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  • Solar Eclipse

    Solar Eclipse
    Tom Curran, PhD, FRS - Children's Mercy

    This collage is of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in Kansas City, MO. These images were taken with an iPhone attached to a telescope. This was the first eclipse visible from coast to coast across the United States in 99 years.

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  • Alligator Dreams

    Alligator Dreams
    Alida Bailleul, PhD - University of Missouri

    This is an image of the microstructure of the jaw joint of a juvenile American alligator. Different layers of cartilage are revealed in blue, and the bone is red and purple. This image is the product of both Science and Art. Wonder is needed to answer a scientific question, and once the question is answered, there is time for dreams.

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  • Podocyte Planet

    Podocyte Planet
    Ee Phie Tan, PhD- University of Kansas Medical Center

    This is a scanning electron micrograph of podocyte cells in a mouse kidney. The podocyte is a crucial component of the glomerular filtration barrier. Injuries to the podocytes could lead to many kidney diseases including diabetic nephropathy, chronic glomerulonephritis, and membranous nephropathy.

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  • Gene Waterfall

    Gene Waterfall
    Janakiraman Subramanian, MD, MPH & Ashiq Masood, MD- Saint Luke's Cancer Institute

    The oncoplot or waterfall plot is a method to visualize the distribution of tumor-generating gene mutations across a large number of tumor samples. It provides a broad genomic overview of the disease process, identifies tumor subtypes based on mutation distribution, and determine mutations that may be synergistic or independent of one another in their role in cancer development and progression. The oncoplot exemplifies the recent but rapidly expanding partnership between tumor biology and computation.

    The figure was generated by analyzing whole exome sequencing data from over 400 patients with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma made publicly available by the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project using the R program algorithm “maftools” developed by Anand Mayakonda.

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  • Jessie’s Swirly Brain

    Jessie’s Swirly Brain
    Jessie Ng, PhD- Children's Mercy

    The image shows brain architecture of the cerebellum of an adult mouse. The green color identifies the normal Snf5 gene product and when cells are green it means that there is no cancer. Red labels oligodendrocytes which are important for the central nervous system and blue labels the nucleus of every cell in the brain. This demonstrates that the chromatin-remodeling complex subunit Snf5 is essential for normal brain development. This image indicates that each beacon of light is in harmony and balance with the others; the layers of colors and cells swirl, reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, and at the same time they are all connected in a way that allows the brain to think.

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  • Painfully Beautiful 

    Painfully Beautiful 
    Kamani Lankachandra, MD- Truman Medical Centers

    This image shows uric acid crystals in urine from a patient with kidney stones.  Uric acid is the third most common component in kidney stones.  Patients present with intense pain in the abdomen referred to as colic.

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  • Heart of the Galaxy

    Heart of the Galaxy
    Robert White, PhD - Kansas City University

    The picture is a cross section of a heart stained to show damaged muscle and placed on a star background to appear as a planet.

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