The Science Cartoons Program

The Science Cartoons (SciToons) program was developed to engage STEM and non-STEM students and faculty in the creation of science animation. The SciToons model is a new approach for communicating scientific research and concepts to broad audience via storytelling, animation, high-quality multimedia and art to conceptualize and communicate science. The final SciToon videos are very compelling and engaging to a broad range of audiences.  The SciToons initiative was created in 2011 by Dr. Oludurotimi Adetunji, Associate Dean of the College, who leads the program.  

Articles Featuring the Program:

News from Brown: The making of  'SciToons'

Symmetry: Brown University animates Science Communication 

Publications

Click here for a list of publications featuring the program.

Completed and Evolving Science Animations Projects 

2019

  • What is Zika?
  • What are neural networks?
  • Data Visualization and Misrepresentation 

2018 

  • Population Engineering: Gene Drive by CRISPR-CAS9 with Professor Mark Johnson
  • Cosmic Microwave Background in collaboration with Professor Ian Dell'Antonio
  • Self Assembly in collaboration with Professor Matthew Zimmt 
  • Phase Diagrams: Triple Points, Critical Points and Supercritical Fluids (featuring experiment showing Critical Opalescence in Liquid He) with Professor Humphrey Maris 
  • CRISPR-CAS9 with Professor Mark Johnson
  • Solar cells with Professors Nitin Padture and Domenico Pacifici
  • Concussions with Professors Joanna Szmydynger-Chodobska and Adam Chodobski
  • Color by Size: Quantum Dots with Professor Ou Chen
  • Science Policy with Toby Smith (AAU)

2017

  • Biologically Inspired Engineering in collaboration with Professor Hanessh Kesari
  • Self Assembly in collaboration with Professor Matthew Zimmt 
  • Dual Stream (How does your brain see the world?) in collaboration with Professor Joo-Hyun Song
  • Solar energy project in collaboration with Professor Nitin Padture

2016

  • Mutations in collaboration with Professor Mark Johnson
  • Echolocation in collaboration with Professor James Simmons

2015 

  • Science and Action project in collaboration with Professor Lundy Braun
  • RNA Splicing in collaboration with Professor Williams Fairbrother
  • Climate and Weather in collaboration with Professor Baylor Fox-Kemper 

2014 

  • Graphene project in collaboration with Professor Nitin Padture
  • How do we see color project
  • The Human Microbiome project

2013 

  • Modelling our Climate project in collaboration with Professor Stephen Porder
  • Conductive Polymers project

2012

  • Science and Action 
  • Modelling our Climate 

2011  

  • Rock project in collaboration with Professor Jan Tullis