The human brain is an incredibly complex 3D structure that is difficult to comprehend using only 2D images. However, visualizing the 3D structures of brain components and their spatial relationships is critical for understanding brain function and diagnosing neurological disorders. Students in Erika Fanselow’s neuroanatomy course tackle this by designing 3D models of multiple related brain structures based on measurements made from 2D images such as brain scans. In conjunction with Pitt’s Open Lab, students use web-based modeling software to develop and print their models. This project facilitates students’ conceptualization of brain structures and allows them to teach their peers.
In support of its ongoing mission to further strengthen the role of teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) annually invites proposals from University faculty for projects that enhance teaching at Pitt and foster new instructional approaches that represent advances over existing methods. The Provost provides a list of frequently asked questions about the Innovation in Education Awards program for those interested in submitting proposals.
The University Center for Teaching and Learning is available to assist faculty interested in submitting a proposal for the 2020 Innovation in Education Awards. Faculty may submit a consultation request to meet with a teaching consultant on Jan. 22-23 in Room 811B of Alumni Hall, and/or join us for our Grant Writing Workshop on Jan. 24 in Alumni Hall for support in developing a proposal.
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