Tuesday, July 19, 2005


I just received two copies of the July 2005 issue of Signal the International Journal of AFCEA. This month they featured an article focusing on nanotechnology called "Small Matters" by Maryann Lawlor. They had previously inquired as to the use of my image Nanoworms as a companion to the article, to which I granted my permission. You can't see my image at their online website but it's on page 45 of the Magazine paper print edition. I was pleased to be in such good company, as Christine Peterson was interviewed for this piece. Signal Magazine is distributed by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is totally way too awesome! Go Gina!

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Gina!

Your image is very good! I was wondering if this image is part of an animation.
I haven't been keeping track of your blog lately (where, by the way, I always find very interesting things). I have been very busy with my new job at a medical device manufacturer north of Seattle, and finishing one of my courses at UW.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hi Martha, this image was one of my early 3D stills, created before I began working on actual animations. I have considered going back into some of my earlier still images and creating animations out of them, but it would have to wait until I am done with not only the project I am currently working on - but also the project I was in the middle of before I started the current! I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with my current project - I don't think it will be too much longer before it is complete. Although the render is going to be very time consuming. It is such a large animation that my system will not be able to handle the render output in one shot. I am going to have to render a portion, shut down, cool off my system, rest the RAM and continue on this way until each segment is done, at which point I will have to glue the parts together. Thank you for updating me on your status, I am very excited for you and I look forward to hearing how things evolve. And as always, thank you for our kind words.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

P.S. this image was also used in a Childrens book "Nanotechnology: Invisible Machines (Hot Science)" by Sandy Fritz

Amazon link:

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gina, it sounds great that you may be able to do an animation related to the worms!I understand that it won't be an easy task...but I am sure it will be great. By the way, I tried to see your Hummer animation, but for some reason the file does not seem to open for me (both formats).
Thank you too for your good wishes! Now I am in the middle of a little chaos, I had to (partially) move to an apartment close to work (which is making my husband unhappy, he doesn't like that area at all!). Hopefully things will get back to normal after a while.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hmmm, that's funny. Are you able to view my other movies? What player do you use to watch movies?
And hang in there, I'm sure everything will work out. Sometimes when we are in the process of striving for something better there is a certain level of sacrifice, and as you suggest time is usually a factor. Just be safe in the new neighborhood! Needless to say I am very impressed with everything that you are doing with your life. You have sincere determination.

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to open your animation using Windows Media Player, but it does not seem to load the file. Today I tried again just in case now opens, but I am using a dial-up connection (I don't have high speed yet at the apartment)and no luck...it looks like is trying to load something, but it takes eons.
Regarding work...I think I have been lucky too, I have always been able to work in the engineering field, which has been my field for several years. In this new job(after leaving my previous job at a chemical facility)and as quality assurance manager for this company, I am getting more into manufacturing engineering, electronics, materials and assembly .
I also think you have a strong determination! Your work is very good, and very labor intensive too!I think the internet is great...It gives people a lot of opportunities to show what they are capable of, and also learn.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

The dial up connection might very well be the problem. As you know it takes considerably longer than a high speed connection. But there is an alternative that might work. Since you attempted to load the movie with Windows Media Player I am assuming you are running Windows. If so, put your mouse over the link without actually clicking on it, and then right click with your mouse, select the "save target as..." option from the pop up window, and save it to your desktop (or where ever you like). This tends to load a file much quicker than the other way. Once it is finished then you can click it open from where ever you saved it to watch it. This should also play quicker since the file is actually stored on your hard drive. After viewing you can then delete the file so that you can get your space back! Let me know if this works out for you. Other than that, while I do prefer QuickTime it wouldn't make much difference if it's a connection speed related issue.
Engineering is such an awesome gateway to many diverse careers, creation and applications - it is one of societies major building blocks. One that I greatly admire and can appreciate coming from the nanoscale perspective. I'm glad that it has led you to more expanded interests, this is a great sign that you are where you should be. Passion, I find, leads to greater and almost exponential exploration and discovery - wouldn't you agree?
And thank you very kindly for your positive affirmations. I am really enjoying our discussions.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Gina! I finally got my high speed connection today. I was able to open your file finally! That mirror filter looks like a nice tool.
And yes, I think engineering is a great field. I am more a chemical engineer than anything else, but I always was interested in electronics and high tech manufacturing; that's why I decided to get into manufacturing engineering. I would have many more comments about "problems that women engineers face in manufacturing"...But that would be for another blog ;))

7:31 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Wonderful! One day I plan to expand on the mirror filter concept. After I created my test animation of the mirror filter, I saw an M&M's commercial - wow, wait a minute I just did a quick Google search to try and find the particular "M&M's commercial" that I wanted to reference for you, and I was directed to the M&M's website - where, get this, it is also named "Kaleidoscope" http://us.mms.com/us/fungames/tv/. Imagine that, I guess it's not too surprising considering the appearance. Here is the url http://us.mms.com/us/fungames/tv/play_wmv.jsp?movieid=Kscope_30_7PM_700. At any rate, in their movie you can see that they have isolated the animated objects (which allows for more complexity) and put them on a black background (resulting in more purity). These features were also prevalent in the Hummer animation (but with a white background). I will attempt to include these features in a version some time in the future.

Indeed chemical engineering, I believe to be a forefather (or mother) to a level that will need to be developed for future technologies. There is a lot to be learned from your area of processing and managing. While MNT (molecular nanotechnology) is small in scale, it's manufacturing capability will allow it to be widely distributed and both chemistry and engineering among others (physics, biology, computer science etc.) will be components of this. We will need to look retroactively into the history of chemical engineering and these other contemporary fields while we establish the guidelines and operations of the new applications. While there is so much to come, you and others in complimentary fields are pioneers, providing insight for those who have yet to achieve the next big breakthrough(s).

Although I can not personally identify with the woman in engineering complications, I do have a female friend on a similar career track who has shared her experiences with me. There are definite dynamics to being involved in a male dominated profession. However, more women like yourself will increase the populous and perhaps decrease the other.

2:06 AM  

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