NSFScienceScience and Engineering Visualization Challenge
Introduction
Photography
First place
Second place
Honorable
mention

Multimedia
First place
Second place
Third place
Honorable
mention

Illustration
First place
Second place
Honorable
mention

 
The judges
Auditory Transduction
Credit: B. Pletsch, iMed Studios.
Auditory Transduction
Brandon Pletsch

This 7-minute video takes viewers on a step-by-step voyage through the inside of the ear, to the acoustic accompaniment of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Pletsch, a former medical illustration student at the Medical College of Georgia, first built a physical ear model and mapped which frequency ranges hit which parts of the inner ear. He then created digital renderings of each part of the hearing pathway using several software packages. A narrator describes how the sound waves travel through each portion of the ear, and how hair cells translate the vibrations they induce into nerve impulses.

See excerpts from the video:
Tympanic membrane (QuickTime, 3.8 MB)
Stapes (QuickTime, 2.9 MB)
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