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CESTA 2019 Exhibit

WVU Libraries and the Community Engagement in Science Through Art program is a month-long internship funded by the National Science Foundation and mentored by WVU faculty Jessica Hoover (WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry), Jason Lee (WVU College of Creative Arts, Sculpture) and Todd Hamrick (WVU Statler College, Engineering and Robotics). There have been three projects completed (2016, 2017, 2018). The 2017, 2018 and final 2019 sculptures were all displayed at Evansdale Library on the second floor.

The final 2019 installation, entitled "The Brain Complex," is representative of chemistry that occurs within the four lobes of the brain. Each lobe of the sculpture contains an observation port drawing the viewer into four different, unique worlds, each illustrating a different chemical interaction occurring within the brain.

Six students from engineering (Samuel Cyphert and Leah England), science (Emily Hayhurst and Emily Hershberger) and sculpture (Leigha Tackas and Brittany Weekly) disciplines were recruited to build an interactive sculpture that helps engage the community in chemistry in an abstract, beautiful way.