2021 AMI Online Salon

Managing Our Waste

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Ava Schroedl
  • Client: Faculty advisor – Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: Ava Schroedl, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print, Journal Cover
  • Primary Audience: Lay audience

Project Description

This mock cover illustration calls attention to the intersection of climate change and medicine, specifically the complex bidirectional relationship seen in nephrology. Current kidney disease treatments call for the immoderate consumption of water and electricity, the vast production of hazardous waste, and many inefficiencies associated with shipping prepackaged fluids. Alarmingly, the impacts of climate change cause an increase in incidence of kidney disease. Notably, extreme heat can contribute to acute kidney injury, nephrolithiasis, and chronic kidney disease. Meanwhile, extreme weather events destabilize access to care infrastructure. This cover aims to provoke critical thought about the treatments available for our body’s filtering system and their complex interactions with the results of climate change. The educational goals of this assignment were to employ visual metaphor in order to make research findings engaging and to learn 3D modeling best practices.