Distilling scientific research into a short summary – an abstract, a conference poster, a tweet – can be a challenge. But some CEOAS faculty, staff and students have condensed their work even further, into 17 stirring syllables. The college’s inaugural haiku contest garnered 20 entries, and the results are sheer poetry.
Judges for the contest were Abby Metzger, manager of the CEOAS Publications group; Robert Allan, CEOAS director of Student Services; and Eric Wayne Dickey, research program administrator and poet, College of Liberal Arts. Nancy Steinberg, science communicator with the CEOAS Publications group, championed the contest – from soliciting entries to curating results.
The winners are:
Tiller in my hand,
my boat, a speck on the blue,
mapping krill beneath.
~ Kim Bernard, Assistant Professor
weathered at the edge
i, with a persistent core
live like olivine
~ Thi Truong, Ph.D. student
Models have errors
Observations are too sparse
Find way to combine
~ Bob Miller, Professor Emeritus
Read a randomly selected haiku from among the entries.
See the rest of the haiku entries, all of which deserved a prize.
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