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Exhibit: Images from VISUAL


The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Images From VISUAL,” through April 7, 2013, in the Science and Engineering Library, in the Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, Floor 2, at UMass Amherst. An opening reception will be held on February 27, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the same location. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features fifteen 22”x24” images selected from VISUAL’s collection, each one captured during research at UMass Amherst. Accompanying each image will be a description, in non-technical terms, that explains the science behind the picture.

VISUAL (Ventures in Science Using Art Laboratory) is an educational outreach program of the National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at UMass Amherst. VISUAL is based on the premise that the visual arts can serve as an effective means to educate the general public and students of all ages on the importance of scientific research in our everyday lives. Each captivating image is a direct experimental result from research conducted on the Amherst campus. By building on synergy between art and science, VISUAL provides a unique avenue by which both disciplines can be promoted, appreciated and encouraged.

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center unites the efforts of 34 faculty members from seven departments (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Plant Biology, Physics, and Polymer Science and Engineering) at UMass Amherst, and has research collaborations and outreach programs with over 12 other institutions. The Center has been supported by the National Science Foundation for over 30 years.

For more information, contact Paulina Borrego (, 413-545-7891), or Cathy Russell (, 413-577-1629). For more information on VISUAL, visit: