WFU Students recognized for one of Wiki 2019’s best photos

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Earthworm HeadCongratulations to WFU Biology undergraduate students, Hannah G. Watson and Andrew T. Ashchi!

Earthworm Head was selected as one of the 8 best photos contributed to the 2019’s Wikipedia Science Photography Competition. Scanning electron micrograph of a newly hatched European Nighcrawler (Eisenia hortensis) by Hannah G. Watson, Andrew T. Aschi, Dr. Glen Marrs, and Dr. CJ “Jake” Saunders.

The jury prizes were selected from 1,144 photographs contributed from all over the United States across six categories. Hannah and Andrew’s was submitted in the microscopy category for which 161 images were submitted. Winners of the regional jury prizes are entered into the international competition. The Wike Science Competition is an international science photography competition held November 15 – December 15, 2019.

Hannah Watson and Andrew Ashchi are two undergraduate researchers that Glen Marrs and I have been training in electron microscopy so that they can characterize the development of the cells that make up the earthworm’s chemosensory organs. This was one of Hannah’s and Andrew’s first photos of the head of a newly hatch earthworm; they had presented it at lab meeting shortly before I saw an announcement about the Wiki Science photo competition and it was so striking I thought it would make a good entry.Dr. CJ “Jake” Saunders, Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience Program

You may read and view more in the Wikipedia: Wiki Science Competition 2019 in the United States.