The computer animation entitled “Geothermal Energy: Enhancing our Future” was produced by Shannon Gilley as a part of his M.F.A. thesis, “Sci-Candy: Principles of Animation-Based Learning and the Next Wave of Science Education,” at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Mr. Gilley worked with Jeffrey M. Bielicki to assure the accuracy of the scientific and engineering details of climate change and the portfolio of energy technologies.
Shannon GilleyShannon Gilley, M.F.A., is an award-winning animator and educator with over 20 years’ experience creating entertainment and informational projects. His studio practice spans a wide range of computer graphics production, including leading the modeling team for Disney’s three-time Emmy winner Rolie Polie Olie, creating the Telly award-winning “Cycle of Destruction” PSA for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and directing animation for Mattel, Discovery Channel, Minnesota State Lottery, and much more. Gilley’s advocacy for using animation to foster public interest in the sciences has led him to form partnerships with researchers and outreach programs looking for new ways to tell their stories. Applying research in cognitive and instructional psychology on how people learn from animation, Gilley aims to design innovative and eye-catching ways of translating scientific information for the layperson, to inform media and policymakers, spark the imaginations of the new “media generation” of students, assist researchers in acquiring grants, and help the public at large navigate a quickly-changing world. For more information, please see
Jeffrey M. BielickiJeffrey M. Bielicki, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy at the Ohio State University, where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Professor Bielicki researches issues in which energy and environmental systems and policy interact. He focuses on understanding how energy systems have evolved and how this evolution can be directed in ways that will improve environmental, economic, and social conditions. Prior to joining the Ohio State University, he was a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, a Weinberg Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a Research Fellow with the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group at Harvard University. For more information, please see,, and