We ideally research in a calm equilibrium state, which I imagine as a minima of free energy.  In the time of covid our environment is being volatilely perturbed and torn apart while we try to find equilibrium in the lab.  This work depicts a free energy graph shown in yellow with aspects of research represented by spheres that we try to juggle and keep in local minima during these perturbations. 


Amy Stegmann, PhD Candidate

Graphic created by the Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS) EFRC for the Science in the Time of Covid Contest at the 2021 DOE EFRC-Hub-CMS-CSS Principal Investigators’ Meeting.

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