Name: Zachery Jarrell
Year: First-year PhD student
Program: Poultry Science
Submission: A SA-Ve on Efficiency: Surface Area to Volume Ratio Explained - Animated Video Tutorial
Commentary: Zachery Jarrell’s animated tutorial nimbly explains how cells come to establish their optimal size. Zachery’s animation is clever, humorous, and syncs well with the flow established by his voiceover narration. Our contest judges found this video to be well-paced and, at under 3 minutes, refreshingly brief. This concision is all the more impressive given that this is Zachery’s first attempt at animation. Zachery’s ability to simplify a complex STEM topic in a concise manner demonstrates, not unlike the cells he describes, his adept negotiation of size, form, and content. Like Sara Sturges’ video on Earth Systems, Zachery’s tutorial helps to communicate science by skillfully attending to the experience and attention span of viewers.