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ScientifInk

From fruit flies to fungus, some CALS researchers have taken their scientific passions to new levels – by inscribing them in ink all over their bodies. We tracked down a few artful academics as part of a summer series in the CALS Notes blog. Click through the photos to learn more about their tattoos and the research that served as inspiration.

Ian HewsonAssistant professor Ian Hewson, a microbial ecologist who studies viruses in aquatic habitats, captured his love of the ocean with a trident and Sumerian script representing the god of water.
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Kim SparksKim Sparks, manager of the Cornell Stable Isotope Lab, shows off her love of botany through her exotic armband, which depicts a unique plant native to Hawai’I, commonly known as ‘Ohi’a.
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Brian LazzaroBrian Lazzaro, associate professor of entomology, drew upon an iconic image in his field of research: Drosophila melanogaster, or the fruit fly.
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Alex PayaAlex Paya, a graduate student in the lab of horticulture professor Taryn Bauerle, tried to capture the diversity of the forest in his elaborate arm tattoo.
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Bradford CondonBradford Condon, a graduate student in the lab of plant pathology professor Gillian Turgeon, was inspired by his thesis research into fungal pathogen spores to get a tattoo of an ascus, a cellular sac from which they are released in propagation. 
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