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.
The Office of the Provost, in conjunction with the University Center for Teaching and Learning, awarded six faculty with the Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum Nov. 9, at the University Club.
The award formally recognizes the efforts of faculty to integrate diversity and inclusion into their courses and curriculum, and is presented at the Diversity Awards and Luncheon each year. Among those in attendance were Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann Cudd and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity, Laurie Kirsch.