The Squibble, Medical Art, and Animation
The UHL seminar on Friday afternoons often explores strange topics, but perhaps none so exotic as the squibble, which are "small rotund creatures ... living deep in the isolated Funkoree Desert of the planet Skornap." Discussion of this unique animal was preceded by an engaging presentation about medical art and animation, given by Travis Vermilye, an assistant professor at CU-Denver's College of Arts and Media (CAM). He is also the director the Scientific Media Design program in CAM, which he discussed in detail.
After the presentation, the UHL students received a written description of the squibble. They were asked to imagine themselves as biomedical illustrators who had been hired to create a public education poster about the squibble. This was a great opportunity for them to exercise their own artistic skills in relation to biology. Some of their imaginative designs are seen here.