Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Student, Alumni Collaboration Produces Schoolhouse Rock!-Style Educational Videos

TALLAHASSEE, FL - In the tradition of Schoolhouse Rock!, a multidisciplinary group of Florida State University students and alumni have produced a series of educational videos that describe ecological concepts in entertaining ways.

Each video in the series, "The Animated Foundations of Ecology," has its own director and unique style covering a different ecological topic: keystone predation, population control, predator-prey relationships and island biogeography.

Commissioned by the Ecological Society of America to debut during its centennial conference Aug. 9-14 in Baltimore, Md., the video series was produced by Ecomotion Studios of Tallahassee.

"We are excited about this project because it brought together so many Florida State University scientists and artists to produce something that is useful and educational, but also really fun to watch," said Will Ryan, an FSU biological science graduate student who is working as a scientific collaborator for Ecomotion.

Between the conference's plenary session and smaller sectional meetings, Mutz estimates that as many as 6,000 people will see the series.

In addition, the series and a behind-the-scenes video will be screened locally at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the cinema of FSU's Askew Student Life Center, 942 Learning Way. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

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Saturday, June 24, 2014

Congrats to the winners of the 2014 Evolution Film Festival!

The 4th annual Evolution Film Festival was held on Saturday, June 21 at the Evolution 2014 conference in Raleigh, NC.

This was a very competitive year. We had over 30 submissions - the most weÕve ever had - and the voting for the final 12 was unusually close because there were so many great finalists. But, the masses have spoken and here are the winners:

This year's first place winner was "Drift" by Florida State University undergraduates Lauren Anderson, Monique Boileau, Zach Boudreau, Sarah Jezierny and Julia Kunberger, and graduate student Will Ryan.

This year's runner-up was "Dinosaur," a sweetly sung narrative about a girl who's nostalgic for the dinosaurs by Lori and Joel Henriques.

Prizes for the first- and second place winners include a travel award for $1000 and $500 (respectively) to a future conference of their choice.

All of this yearÕs entries can be viewed by clicking on "2014 Entries" at the top of this screen.

Thanks to all who participated in this year's event!