Images of Research Competition

Editor's Notes

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. This competition showcases and preserves students' research in print and digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors.

The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Agriculture, Art Education, Biology, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Graphic Design, History, Journalism, Marketing, Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety, Political Science, Photography, Public Relations, and TV Production for a total of 83 entries, making the judges' decision a difficult one. Overall the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and an excellent representation of the research going on at Murray State University.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, Assistant Professor of University Libraries (Chair)

Dr. Antje Gamble, Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Dr. Marcie Venter, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Flinn, Professor of Biological Science and Director of Hancock Biological Station

Michelle Burdine, MFA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art & Design

T. Michael Martin, MFA, Associate Professor of Art & Design and Director of University Galleries


Case number M2019010448 was the first Canine latrans (coyote) submitted for this study. This was an adult male specimen who was euthanized in Smithland, Kentucky and weighed 16.6 kgs upon arrival at the laboratory. This image shows a veterinary pathologist holding open the right ventricle portion of the coyote’s heart exposing the contents. The noodle-like structures within the right ventricle are adult Dirofilaria immitis (canine heartworms). This is significant to the study because it proved that coyotes could carry canine heartworms. Being the only carcasses at the time, it did not help us understand the prevalence of heartworms within the coyote population throughout the state. Later on it, along with thirteen other positive cases, shed some light on the regional prevalence of the canine heartworm in Kentucky.