• Wire Study of a Heart & Brain
    • Wire Study of a Heart & Brain
    • Hallie Rasner

    Artist's Statement

    My work shows how therapeutic hypothermia can affect a patient's blood flow to the brain. The blood coming from the arteries is blue because it has been cooled down. The blood is more clotted towards the heart, but as it moves away from the heart, it flows more freely, shown by the changing of the squiggles.

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  • "The Music Man"
    • "The Music Man"
    • Angelina Markovic

    Writer's Statement

    "The Music Man" tells the story of a young woman and her baby healed by a doctor known as "The Music Man." The music played for them, calming and soothing, improved the baby's heart conditions, and helped the mother decide whether she could truly care for her daughter.

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  • Faith in Numbers
    • Faith in Numbers

    Mathematicians' Statement

    We chose Ariel Furlow's research project because we were drawn to the spiritual aspect and the art piece, Faith Rx, by Shoshana Bieler. Our group saw multiple mathematical connections not on in the research, but also the art and literature portions of the project.

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  • Primary Care Workload
    • Primary Care Workload
    • Justin Rettberg

    Artist's Statement

    Because doctors are under constant pressure, I decided to express the great amount of stress they deal with on a daily basis. In addition to having lives that depend on them, they also have to return phone calls, see patients constantly, fill out paperwork and take on a variety of other errands...

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  • Big Heart
    • Big Heart
    • Christina Vecchio

    Writer's Statement

    My poem was inspired by Jason Linger's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy research. My poem is from the point of view of a young high school athlete who discovers that he has a swollen septum and can no longer pursue his dreams of being a pro football player without putting himself in serious danger.

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The Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives is pleased to present the 2011 virtual eXpressions™ eXhibition showcasing the amazing accomplishments of high school students who have participated in the eXpressions™ Art, Language, and Math programs.

 

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Launched in 2005, eXpressions™ is an interdisciplinary initiative that utilizes creative expression to engage high school students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce interpretations of research studies conducted by Cleveland Clinic science interns.

High schools from three states and two countries submitted 889 paintings, poems, sculptures, videos, short stories, and mathematical equations as a part of eXpressions™. About 10% of these entries were selected for special recognition, making this year's competition the biggest and toughest yet.

Each year an esteemed panel of content specialists - arts educators, professional writers and editors, scientific researchers, and mathematicians - evaluates the submissions on four criteria: interpretation, presentation, creativity, and initiative. Exceptional entries are awarded one of four levels of recognition. In descending order they are: Blue Ribbon, Red Ribbon, White Ribbon, and Honorable Mention. One art submission, one language submission, and one math submission are also recognized as Best in Show for their respective programs.

Cleveland Clinic eXpressions™ is much more than a mere art, writing, and math competition, however. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative line of programs gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of science and its connections to other disciplines while promoting creativity, innovation, communication, and teamwork. Plus, it gives high school students and their teachers the opportunity to earn college credit from Northeast Ohio universities: three undergraduate credit hours for students, and up to two graduate credit hours for teachers.

We thank you for your interest in eXpressions™, and we hope you share in our pride and amazement as you enjoy this year's virtual eXpressions™ eXhibition.

Sincerely,
Bryan Pflaum, MFA
Director of Creative Learning
Office of Civic Education Initiatives

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