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Topic: Sunscreen

Student Animations for Research Dissemination

📥  Animation, Digital Skills, Research, Skin cancer, student, Sun cream, Sunlight, Sunscreen, Technology, UVA

The one thing that gives me the greatest satisfaction is helping students to reach their full potential. Although my skill-set is vastly more technical than pedagogical, there have been a number of students that I have helped to gain some creative digital skills. Mostly developing apps and animations. Conor Eastop is a recent graduate who has been honing his animation skills over the last couple of years, which has culminated in these fantastic animations.

This example is a little different to previous projects where the focus has been on teaching and learning. This time, the artifacts have been built to help disseminate the research around sunlight and skin-cancer that is being done by my friend Charareh Pourzand, who happens to have an office next door to mine.

In this first set of videos, the emphasis is to provide some introductory materials for public health, that explain the tanning process and the dangers of UVA in particular. Further animations are planned that delve into the details a little more. For example, there is increasing evidence that current sunscreens are ineffective against UVA and our research shows that we need to find new ways to protect our skin against UVA. One such approach is to use novel light-activated compounds that Charareh has developed.

 

The Risks of UVA

 

The Problem with Sun Beds

 

How we get Tanned

 

How useful are Sunscreens?

 

Well Done Conor!