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This special section of the journal, Chaos, features winning entries from an annual contest, sponsored by the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of The American Physical Society. Each year for the APS March Meeting, members submit to the contest either a poster or a video entry, which represents their best visual images of nonlinear phenomena. Judged by a distinguished international panel of referees, entries are evaluated on the basis of both scientific and aesthetic merit.

Winning entries from the Eighth Annual Gallery of Nonlinear Images exhibit, held at the 2011 March Meeting of the American Physical Society (Dallas, Texas, 2011). Abstracts and selected multimedia files appeared in a special section of the December 2011 issue of the journal, Chaos.

Introduction: Eighth Annual Gallery of Nonlinear Images (Dallas, Texas, 2011)

Karin Dahmen, Thomas Halsey, Wolfgang Losert, and Jon Machta
Chaos 21, 041101 (2011)

Four-dimensional structural dynamics of sheared collagen networks
Richard C. Arevalo, Jeffrey S. Urbach, and Daniel L. Blair
Chaos 21, 041102 (2011)

Tracking the Brownian diffusion of a colloidal tetrahedral cluster
Kazem V. Edmond, HyunJoo Park, Mark T. Elsesser, Gary L. Hunter, David J. Pine, and Eric R. Weeks
Chaos 21, 041103 (2011)

Mathematical genealogy and department prestige
Sean A. Myers, Peter J. Mucha, and Mason A. Porter
Chaos 21, 041104 (2011)

Linear shear in a model granular system
Jie Ren, Joshua A. Dijksman, and Robert P. Behringer
Chaos 21, 041105 (2011)

Local action, global impact: Forcing nonperiodicity with a single
structural unit

Joshua E. S. Socolar
Chaos 21, 041106 (2011)

How granular materials jam in a hopper
J. Tang and R. P. Behringer
Chaos 21, 041107 (2011)

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