Finding Beauty in Scientific Inquiry

Enrico Sassoni and George Scherer/Art of Science competition
“Protection from the Elements,” an image by former visiting postdoc Enrico Sassoni and professor of civil and environmental engineering George Scherer, was one of more than 170 submissions in the University’s eighth Art of Science competition. The photo, above, shows the geometric structure of a coating of hydroxyapatite, a mineral that is a major component of bones and teeth. Sassoni is researching the possibility of using hydroxyapatite in the conservation of marble artworks. The goal of the Art of Science competition “is to create a new symbiosis of two fields that are essential expressions of human creativity,” organizers said. The competition’s website is