Research Technician at Newcastle University wins first prize
Morgan Shaw, a Research Technician at Newcastle University was announced the winner of the IST Image Competition 2022.
Morgan was awarded the first prize at the annual Technical Conference which was held at the University of York earlier this month.
All images submitted to the competition highlighted the conference theme of ‘teams behind the scenes’, using forms of mixed media, including photography and drawings.
The winning image titled Nicola depicted Nicola Dyson, a Research Technician in the Newcastle University’s Transplant Regenerative Labs, using a microtome to cut fine sections from a human pancreas sample ready for electron microscope imaging.
With the photo, Morgan had wanted to showcase the brilliant work her colleagues do in very skilled specialisms to “further understand human organs and better improve transplant outcomes.”
She said she was “absolutely excited to have won” the competition.
Joanna Scamp, a Facilities and Operations Technician came second place with the pencil drawing, Unsung Heroes, which depicted Antonio Mendoza, an Electronics Technician at the University of University of Kent, testing a fractal 3D printed, metal coated, antenna using a vector network analyser to measure the antenna’s S11 parameter.
Joanna said of her drawing: “The work being carried out is an integral part of a research project where Antonio’s technical expertise and input is critical to the success of the project.
“What a lovely surprise to have come second.”
Paula Boeira, a Research Technician at the Hepatology Research Group, University of Plymouth, was “very happy” to have come third with a photo submission of technician Helge Mruck collecting liver cells from liquid nitrogen.
Morgan, Joanna and Paula were awarded vouchers of their choice worth £150 (first place), and £50 (for second and third place).
Attendees at the IST Technical Conference were able to see the competition submissions up close, where the images were on display throughout the day.
For more information on the Image Competition, click here.