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Archive for May, 2016

May 25, 2016

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May 23, 2016

Google Doc Caption

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Below is the link for art captions. Please ensure your caption and PDB picture stay on one page. Once you are done, remember to put your project and name in the ballot on the last page.

May 17, 2016

Ideas for Keratin potrayal

Filed under: 2016 posts,Student posts @ 1:00 pm

Here are some interesting possibilities for my protein (keratin) portrait. I’m thinking about using wool as a medium, since wool is a type of keratin. Tomorrow in class I’d love to share my goals for the project and brainstorm with you all!

May 15, 2016

Comic Book Panels

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So, if you guys were to read a comic at a presentation, how much context/background story would you feel comfortable with before getting bored? I presently have about 10 panels.

May 13, 2016

3D painting!

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I just found out that Google has made 3D painting a reality. I think this would make the art of making a protein portrait easier. As their website states: “Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.” I also really like the fact that this product is sustainable; you […]

May 9, 2016

Medium for my project

Filed under: 2016 posts,Student posts @ 3:33 pm

This is my paining/art piece from years ago.  For my project, I will be using this method: I will be using acrylics to paint the molecule and then after putting several layers of it, I will then pour blank paint/ink all over the paper.  After a couple of minutes, I will then use a sponge to […]

Microbial Cross-stitching

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And many more:

May 8, 2016

Hopeful for the Instamorph

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I played around with the Instamorph this weekend. The major challenge is the heating and reheating necessary when cutting. It is very malleable immediately after heating and becomes hard (at least with thin pieces) in a few minutes. When hard, it is slightly flexible, but not brittle (it seems pretty indestructible). And… I made an […]

May 7, 2016


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Articles About the Structure of Gluten The structure and properties of gluten: an elastic protein from wheat grain Structure and Function of Gluten Proteins Circular Dichroism and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Analysis of Immunogenic Gluten Peptides and Their Analogs Optical Rotatory Dispersion, Circular Dichroism, and Infrared Studies of Wheat Gluten Proteins in Various Solvents My biggest […]

May 4, 2016

Book Sculpture

Filed under: 2016 posts,Student posts @ 12:27 am

My current idea is to turn a book (The Linus Pauling Catalogue, which I got at OSUsed!) into my art piece. Specifically, I intend to cut the pages in layers (like so: and the 8th one on to show normal and sickle cell hemoglobin, since they were the subject of some of Pauling’s […]

May 2, 2016

Another cool post (I think! ;)

Filed under: 2016 posts,Student posts @ 11:22 pm

An amazing glowing gown worn by Claire Daines (have to scroll down a bit to see the gown glowing)–maybe an inspiration for anybody who wants to delve into their protein portraits from either fluorescence or fashion side, or both!

Inspiration for fluorescent protein enthusiasts: New Jellyfish Discovered!

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Here is a link to an article that talks about the recently found species of jellyfish in the Mariana Trench: Here is a live-stream of the expedition that led to the discovery of this jellyfish (off topic, but live streams are pretty cool! :D):

Found my medium: InstaMorph

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Clear Worbla Rose InstaMorph Groot Sculpture Over the weekend, while watching youtube videos, I discovered the world of thermal plastic art! Worbla is sheet thermal plastic while InstaMorph (there are many other names for this) is pellet thermal plastic you heat in water and then mold. I started searching different applications of InstaMorph. It is […]

McGill and Johnson interviewed by David Goodsell

Filed under: 2016 posts @ 9:26 am

“Images of molecules are becoming more and more common in educational and entertainment media. These pictures are often created by computer graphics artists using state-of-the-art programs such as Maya and Cinema4D. However, the methods used to import PDB structures into these advanced programs can be challenging. David Goodsell recently spoke with two molecular graphics professionals […]

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