BiographyAfter completing my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Windsor, competing interests in art, science and education led me to pursue an M.Sc. in Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto. Following graduation, I worked for two years as a professional medical illustrator, animator, and new media designer at InViVo Communications, Inc. in Toronto. There, I helped create illustrations, computer animations, multimedia presentations and web applications for the instruction of medical, scientific and surgical procedures, serving major pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients.
I completed my dissertation in the Learning Sciences program in December 2010. Currently, I am a postdoctoral scholar on the VISUAL project at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. In that work, I extend my academic and professional background with research into designing and learning with scientific visualizations.
- 2011 - CADRE Fellowship, Discovery Research K-12 program
- 2008 - Cognitive Science Graduate Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research Projects
- 2008 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship Award
- 2004 - Vesalius Trust Scholarship
- 2004 - The Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Bursary
- 2003 - Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Scholarship
- 2003 - University of Toronto Fellowship
- 2002 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship
- 1999 - University of Windsor Entrance Scholarship
|2004||M.Sc. Biomedical Communications||University of Toronto|
|2004||OCGC, Computer Animation||The Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning|
|2002||A.R.C.T. Piano Performance||Royal Conservatory of Music|
|2002||B.Sc. Biological Sciences||University of Windsor|
|2010||Narratives in Mind and Media: A Cognitive Semiotic Account of Novices Interpreting Visual Science Media|
|2004||The Plastic Brain: Understanding Cortical Reorganization during Motor Skills Acquisition using Computer Animation|
Selected PublicationsMatuk, C.M. & Uttal, D.H. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Narrative spaces in the representation and understanding of evolution in K.S. Rosengren, et al., Evolution challenges: Integrating research and practice in teaching and learning about evolution Oxford University Press.
Matuk, C.F., & Uttal, D.H. (March, 2010). When form contradicts content: The cognitive and communicative functions of cartoons for teaching evolution in R.E. Griffin, Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association Chicago: International Visual Literacy Association.
Matuk, C. (2007). Images of Evolution. The Journal of Biocommunication.
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Matuk, C. (December, 2006). Mr. Oldenburg extends his invitation: A history of the scholarly journal. Journal of Biocommunication: (Viewpoint).
Matuk, C. (September, 2006). Seeing the body: The divergence of Ancient Chinese and Western medical illustration. The Journal of Biocommunication.
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Matuk, C. (May, 2006). Master of all trades, doctor of none. The Journal of Biocommunication.
Selected PresentationsMatuk, C., Cottingham, I., Farrell, K., Angeletti, A., & Diamond, J. (March, 2011). The World of Viruses interactive comic viewer. Hands-on demonstration presented at the Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education Conference. Berkeley, CA.
Matuk, C., McElhaney, K., & Breitbart, J. (March, 2011). Animating ideas with the Flipbook Animator. Interactive breakout session presented at the Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education Conference. Berkeley, CA.
Matuk, C., & King Chen, J. (March, 2011). Documenting science inquiry with the Digital Portfolio. Teacher design focus group presented at the Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education Conference. Berkeley, CA.
Matuk, C., McElhaney, K., & Linn, M. (December, 2010). Using visualizations to link atomic views of matter to students' everyday ideas about science. Poster presented at the DR-K12 PI Meeting. Washington, DC.
Linn, M., Tinker, R., Chiu, J., King Chen, J., Matuk, C., McElhaney, K., Miller, D. Swanson, H., Zhang, H. (December, 2010). Visualizing to integrate science understanding for all learners (VISUAL). Poster presented at the DR-K12 PI Meeting. Washington, DC.
Donovan, S. & Matuk, C.F., et al. (November, 2009). Understanding the tree of life. Poster presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference. Denver, CO.
Matuk, C.F., Uttal, D.H. (October, 2009). When form contradicts content: The cognitive and communicative functions of cartoons for teaching evolution. Paper presented at the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA2009). Chicago, IL.
Matuk, C.F., Diamond, J., & Uttal, D.H. (October, 2009). Heroes, villains and viruses: How graphic narratives teach science. Paper presented at the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA2009). Chicago, IL.
Matuk, C.F., & Uttal, D.H. (August, 2009). Collages of Meaning: Creating Understanding of Evolution from Animation. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention. Toronto, ON, Canada.
Matuk, C.F., & Uttal, D.H. (August, 2009). Interpretation, invention, and interaction: How students (mis)understand cladograms. Paper presented at the Understanding the Tree of Life Harvard Conference. Cambridge, MA.
Matuk, C.F., & Uttal, D.H. (July, 2009). Inventing an intuitive representation of relatedness. Poster presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education. Oxford, United Kingdom.
Matuk, C. F. (June, 2009). Reconstructing evolutionary histories: A game about the tree of life. Poster presented at the Games, Learning and Society Conference 5.0. Madison, WI.
Matuk, C., & Uttal, D.H. (May, 2009). Animating narratives of evolution: A case of diagrammatic interpretation with cladograms. Paper presented at the Conference on Research and Training in Spatial Intelligence. Evanston, IL.
Matuk, C.F., Uttal, D.H. (May, 2009). Animating narratives of evolution: A case of diagrammatic interpretation with cladograms. Paper presented at the Conference on Research and Training in Spatial Intelligence. Evanston, IL.
Matuk, C.F., Uttal, D.H. (April, 2009). Countering Diagrammatic Narratives: The Effects of Animation on the Interpretation of Evolution. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting (AERA). San Diego, CA.
Matuk, C.F. & Uttal, D.H. (February, 2009). Countering narratives of evolution: How animation influences the spatial temporal metaphors interpreted from cladograms. Paper presented at the International Spatial Learning Center conference. Seattle, WA.
Matuk, C. (September, 2008). Animated Cladograms: Interpreting Evolution from Diagrams. Poster presented at the Fifth International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams (Diagrams). Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany.
Matuk, C. (September, 2008). Animating Trees of Life: How Animation Influences the Perception of Evolution. Poster presented at the International Conference on Spatial Cognition (SC08). Freiburg, Germany.
Matuk, C.F. (August, 2008). Animated Cladograms: The Perception and Conception of Evolution. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Special Interest Group: Comprehension of Text and Graphics conference (EARLI-SIG2). Tilburg, Netherlands.
Matuk, C., Uttal, D. (June, 2008). Entertaining Evolution: Understanding Science from Animations. Poster presented at the International Conference for the Learning Sciences (ICLS). Utrecht, Netherlands.
Symposia and Workshops
|2010||Matuk, C. F. & Uttal, D. H. (2010, June). Inventing a representation of Relatedness. In Rosengren, K. S. (Discussant), Learning to understand the tree of life. Symposium conducted at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning in the disciplines, Chicago, IL.|
|2008||Matuk, C. F. (2008, May). Persuasive displays: Science, art, and power in natural history exhibits. In R. Hariman (Respondent), Displays of Science, Knowledge, and Argument within the Museum Context. Symposium conducted at the Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), Seattle, WA.|
|2008||Forbus, K.D., Lovett, A., Lockwood, K., Wetzel, J., Matuk, C.F., Jee, B.D. & Usher, J.M. (July 13-17, 2008). CogSketch. In the Proceedings of the Twenty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2008. Chicago, IL|
|2008||Matuk, C. F. (2008, September). Mapping Narrative Spaces: The perception and conception of evolution. Presentation at the NSF International Workshop on Spatial Cognition for two spatial cognition research centers: The Transregional Collaborative Research Center Spatial Cognition – Reasoning, Action, Interaction (SFB/TR8 ) in Germany, and the NSF-funded Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC). Freiburg, Germany.|
Research InterestsConstructionism; Collaboration; Computer-supported learning; Creativity; Design; Drawing; Educational technology; Game design, learning through games; Folk science; Narrative, as means for understanding and problem solving; ; Interdisciplinary learning; ; Informal learning; Imagination; Learning through play; Museums; Multimedia design and learning; Representational discourse; Scientific models; Semiotics; Visual communication; Visual learning; Visual narratives; Visual representations; Visual rhetoric
|2011||Cognitive Science Society||Reviewer for the annual meeting|
|2008||Science Books and Films (AAAS)||Book and multimedia reviewer|
|2006||Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator||Recent graduate member|
|September, 2008 - February, 2009||Darwin Fellow, One Book One Northwestern Program (OBONU)|
|September, 2007 - Present||Co-organizer of student volunteers for the Hilda's Place meals for the homeless program|
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Medical Illustrator, Animator, and Multimedia Designer, InViVo Communications, Inc.
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