Avatar App To Aid Anatomy Learning
Dr Yusuf Cakmak has been awarded a University of Otago CALT University Teaching Development Grant to help develop his interactive avatar app. The app, currently called the 'Interactive Hand and Forearm Avatar', uses 3D technology to mimic the user's hand and finger movements onto a laptop screen. Muscle activation of the hand is translated to a laptop image and shows which muscles are related to the movement. Labels on the image name the muscles and tendons used to create the movement.
Students get Hands-on with Anatomy
This week (18-22 January) the Department is hosting eight Year 12 and 13 High School students from all over New Zealand, as part of the Hands-on at Otago programme (previously Hands-on Science). The students will be learning about the structure and function of the knee joint, from the macroscopic to the microscopic level.
Exceptional PhD Thesis
Congratulations to Simon Fisher whose PhD thesis has been placed on the Division of Health Sciences List of Exceptional PhD Theses. The thesis, entitled "Action discovery in the basal ganglia through reinforcement of spike timing-dependent plasticity" was examined by three examiners, and defended by Simon at an oral examination in November.