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Oberlin in Photos: The Art of Science

April 7, 2020

Yvonne Gay

A drawing of a man in a space suite looking into a moon crater with a tentacle sticking out.
“The Liquid to Life: The Potential Behind the Presence of Water in Our Solar System”
Photo credit: Illustration by Aria Berryman ’21

Since its re-emergence in 2015, Oberlin’s student-run, general interest science publication—the Synapse has intrigued readers with subject matter such as the first human head transplant to how algorithms can create realistic faces from scratch. And leading those articles are impactful illustrations that become stories all their own. In this photo series, we look at this publication’s art of science.

a person sitting at a computer with a converter belt attached to it.
The Fragile Helix: Damage, Repair, Disease, Cell, Death” Illustration by Aria Berryman ‘21
A girl sitting under a large tree.
Current issue of the Synapse. Illustration by Athina Apazidiz  ’21
A dark illustration with circles on it.
Fires in the Night Sky: All About Aurorae” Illustration by Yue Yu ’20
A person slumped in the corner of the room
Beyond Brain and Body: New Perspectives on Performance Anxiety” Illustration by Zoë Miller  ’22
A drawing of a a pair of hands holding a folded camera.
Foldscope” Illustration by Aria Berryman ’21
A painting of a large bee.
What’s Actually Going on with the Bees?: I See the Slogan and Can’t Help But Wonder… What’s Actually Going On with the Bees and Why Do They Need Our Help?” Painting by Averly Sheltraw ’22
A drawing of the Earth with lines running through it.
The Anthropocene: How Modern Geologists are Creating a Paradigm Shift in Our Concept of Time” Illustration by Steven Mentzer ‘20

Visit the Synapes for articles and illustrations

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