French Lilac Flower

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One of my photos is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Cell Chemical Biology. The article describes research into metformin, a drug derived from the French lilac (Galega officinalis), for the treatment of breast cancer. The research was done at the University of Minnesota, and was sponsored in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

This is especially meaningful to me because my grandmother was a cancer research scientist.

http://www.cell.com/cell-chemical-biology/issue?pii=S2451-9456(16)X0011-6

Ice Skating in August

Figure Skating Abstract photograph - Rona Black
Figure Skating Abstract

The Salt Lake City Sports Complex served as the official training venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Its two ice sheets are open year-round for figure skating and hockey.  After 11 years here, I’ve finally found a place for relief from the unbearably hot summer days. Last week I took a few photos while my teacher sprayed ice at me.

Budding Lily of the Nile

Welcome to the World - Agapanthus - Rona Black

A macro photograph of a budding agapanthus with colorful bokeh at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Though not of the lily family, the beautiful blue flowers of the agapanthus plant are commonly known as lilies of the Nile and African lilies.