Cobb Nematology Foundation Science and Art Contest
The Cobb Foundation is committed to supporting the science of nematology around the world. To encourage creative thinking and facilitate the sharing of educational materials in nematology, the Cobb Foundation has launched a science & art contest. The foundation invites students as well as post-docs to share an aspect of nematology that fascinates them using any art form. All entries will be presented on the Cobb Foundation website and judged for their creativity, understandability, accuracy, and the quality of the presentation. Winning artists will earn cash prizes.
The Cobb Foundation calls for artist and scientists to collaborate on science story-telling through art. It could be a recorded play, recorded music video, educational documentaries including fun educational animation, comic book, coffee table book, models, baked goods and any art form geared towards: (i) Introducing and illustrating the concepts of nematology, (ii) Explaining the role of nematodes in the environment, (iii) Scientific speculation of nematode biology, ecology or evolution (iv) Illustrating the history and milestones in nematology, (v) Any other stories, phenomena or concepts related to nematology.
First Prize: $350, Second Prize: $150.
All registrants* will receive a free one-year membership to the Society of Nematologists (SON)!
*maximum of 30, on a first-come first-served basis
The Foundation received four submissions for the new Science and Art Contest. All the entries were evaluated by an international panel of Nematologists to determine the winners and all participants automatically received a free one-year membership to the SON. Congratulations to all the participants! View all the submissions below.
Submission by Benjamin Joshua, Oziegbe Emmanuel and Oragbon Nathaniel is composed of a video describing the life and impact of Nathan Cobb, as well as an artistic series of drawings and a poem in honour of nematodes.
Authorship: Benjamin Joshua, Georg-August-Universität, Oziegbe Emmanuel, University of Ibadan and Oragbon Nathaniel, University of Ibadan.
Submission by Lalson Wesly Johnson and Rajaswaminathan Vairavan is entitled Heterorhabditis - A farmer's friendly nematode and is composed of a video covering the life of an entomopathogenic nematode, especially Heterorhabditis and it's symbiotic bacteria in killing the insect pest.
Authorship: Lalson Wesly Johnson, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Rajaswaminathan Vairavan, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Submission by Elisabeth Darling is entitled Nematodes of N.A. Cobb and is composed of nematodes drawings.
“I had the pleasure of being receiving an original complete copy of N.A. Cobb's book "Contributions to a Science in Nematology: 1914-1935", by Dr. George Bird last semester after taking a seminar class led by him and Dr. Sita Thapa centered on entomological nematology. Through this illustration I constructed, I aimed to revive some of what I believe to be Cobb's most beautiful illustrations from this period of a diverse pool of nematodes. This piece features several prominent featured species: the predatory nematode Mononchus longicaudatus (Cobb,1893), entomopathogenic nematode Howardula benigna (Cobb, 1921), and presumed fungal feeder Bunonema inequale (Cobb, 1915). These nematodes occupy several different roles of the ecological food web and all play an important role in the nema world around us. Constructing this piece in honor of Nathan A. Cobb's contributions was a treat, and hopefully my renditions of these wonderful creatures do his (superior) illustrations justice.”
Authorship: Elisabeth "Ellie" Darling, Michigan State University
Submission by Krisztina Mosdossy is entitled Sometimes nematodes graze and is composed of a rap video that introduces the topic of nematodes as important contributors to nutrient cycling.
Authorship: Krisztina Mosdossy, McGill University
The Cobb Foundation is happy to announce the results of the 2021 edition of the video contest.
The Foundation had received high-quality videos that were all very creative! Congratulations to all the participants!
The videos were reviewed by 6 nematologists from 3 different countries and the results are:
First place: Soybean Host Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) - A Musical submitted by Deepak Haarith
Second place: Nematode or Plant? A Nutrient Battle submitted by Alexandra Ostezan and Dung Tran
First place: Nematodes and their Natural Enemies submitted by Max Helmberger
Second place: Exploring Nematodes with Deepak Haarith submitted by Deepak Haarith
View all the submissions to Cobb Foundation Video Contest: