Welcome to the eighth instalment of the Raw Talk Podcast! To round out the theme of IMS Professional Programs, we sit down with Dr. Jodie Jenkinson a professor of web-based health and science communication, interactive media design, and information and data visualization in the Biomedical Communications (BMC) Master program at the Institute of Medical Science (IMS). Dr. Jenkinson talks about how she was able to combine her two loves: science and art, the research going on in her lab on visualization strategies to improve life science education, and details the unique aspects of the BMC program.
Having started her education firmly in the arts, obtaining a BA in Art History and French from McMaster University, Dr. Jenkinson went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Biomedical Communication and a PhD in Education from the University of Toronto. The Jenkinson lab is likely one of the most unique labs at the IMS. Dr. Jenkinson and her team are interested in the role of visual complexity in learning and visualization strategies to improve life science education. Some of the research in the Jenkinson lab includes researching gaming as way to teach emergent properties of molecular environments, developing an augmented reality app for undergraduate students studying organic chemistry, and understanding the ideas and misconceptions students have about molecular motion using an adaptive assessment tree.
This episode also features one of Dr. Jenkinson’s students – Matan Berson. Matan is a second-year MScBMC candidate and the creator of the Raw Talk logo! He talks about his own journey towards becoming a biomedical communicator and gives us a glimpse at the work that goes into logo design. In keeping with the discussion on visualization in science, take a look at some of the work coming out of the Jenkinson lab. You can also head over to our Instagram (@rawtalkpodcast) to see more illustrations and work from current BMC students! Until next time, keep it raw!