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Mobile, Ala. (November 12, 2003)
Contact: Paul Taylor 251-461-1509

"Percipio" Art in Science Exhibit Premieres at Mobile Museum of Art


Peace: Whole lung mount showing alveoli (pink) surrounding microvascular endothelial cells (yellow and green). Tissue is treated an oxidant sensitive dye.
Artist: Abu-Bakr Al-Mehdi, MD, PhD

"Percipio," a Latin term meaning to learn through the senses, is the name of the Art in Science Program, which features of a collection of colorful, striking images that were produced by scientists at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in the process of conducting their research.

The concept for the show was developed by Dr. Kathryn Ziel, director of the Art in Science Program at USA Center for Lung Biology and research fellow in the USA department of pharmacology.

The goal of Percipio is to educate the community about science through the universal language of art. All proceeds from the program go directly back to the Center for Lung Biology and College of Medicine to fund research. The exhibit consists of 40 images from students, faculty and technical staff associated with the College of Medicine . All images must have been obtained while pursuing hypothesis-driven research and cannot have been staged, Ziel said. Most of the images in the exhibit are exactly as they were seen under the microscope and have not been altered, according to Ziel.

As part of the Art in Science Program, Ziel presented the images to students at Rockwell Elementary School in Daphne, Ala. , and the students then replicated the images to demonstrate their knowledge of cell structure through their artwork. The students' interpretations will also be included in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be on display for public viewing Nov. 15 through Jan. 4.

For more information on the Art in Science Program, contact Dr. Kathryn Ziel at 460-7086 or Melissa Morgan at the Mobile Museum of Art at 208-5200.

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