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Medical Science meets Fashion to create unique teaching tools
April 17 2015
Former fashion designer and current Laboratory Manager Fieke Neuman has produced an artistic and practical teaching tool for Associate Professor Christine Jasoni’s lecture on the anatomy of the human brain.
Working alongside Associate Professor Jasoni to devise the concept, Ms Neuman then went and created a burlesque brain, made of layers of different fabrics and metals to mimic the physicality of the human brain.
Ms Neuman said that the variation of materials simulated the different physical characteristics of the brain quite well, and the ability to remove layers of the burlesque brain within a teaching environment presented the students with a unique learning experience.
Ms Neuman also constructed string board axon tracts, which allowed students to trace and learn several axon tracts throughout the human body using string.
These creations allow a visual and hands on learning experience, which has been extremely well received by the students in AP Jasoni’s lectures.
The success of these fabrications has led to Ms Neuman generously sharing them with the world via the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, which allows anyone who wishes to use the patterns for free for non-commercial purposes.
To read the Otago Bullitin Board story about Ms Neuman's creations, please click here.
Revamped HUBS Laboratory Opened
9 April 2015
Professor Vernon Ward, Dean of the Otago School of Medical Sciences, officially opened the remodeled Human Body Systems (HUBS) laboratory yesterday.
The lab, which is located on the ground floor of the Microbiology Building, provides the practical areas for HUBS 191 and HUBS 192, two of the largest papers offered by the University of Otago.
Professor Ward spoke enthusiastically about the upgraded facilities, stating that they will provide students with an enhanced learning experience. HUBS Professional Practice Fellow Philip Kelly said that the revamped lab has been extremely well received by students.
Click here to read the Otago Bulletin Board article about the lab opening.
Combining fluorescent imaging and optogenetic stimulation to study the brain
10 March 2015
Associate Professor Ruth Empson is part of an international collaboration, which developed a combination of fluorescent imaging and optogenetic stimulation. This is considered a powerful way to learn both where cells are in space, when they are active or silent, and how they interact, or connect, with other cells in the circuits they form.
This research was featured in the journal Neuron and will assist a Marsden-funded collaboration, including Dr Andrew Clarkson, looking into the significance of connectivity changes among a specific group of motor neurons after stroke.
To learn more about this research and to access a YouTube video on these tools, go to the University of Otago media release.
OSMS Lecturers win University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards
3 March 2015
Four inspiring University of Otago lecturers were honoured yesterday at the University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony.
Dr Kemp was recognised for her innovative and creative teaching of immunology and for providing a safe and supportive environment for learning and communicating science. Associate Professor Jasoni was honoured for her outstanding ability to relate to her audience and a combination of enthusiasm, empathy and innovation to engage them.