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Researchers Collaborate on Virtual Human for Use in Medical Education

The faculties of Medicine and Science at the University of Calgary have collaborated to produce LINDSAY, an interactive teaching tool named for a medical student who died in an automobile accident.

Their hope is that the new software will change the way medical education is delivered.

Named after Dr. Lindsay Kimmett, the interactive software uses various touch interfaces and can be used with big screens in addition to small, hand-held devices.

Christian Jacob, a professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary, helped design the software with researchers in the Faculty of Medicine. (Credit: Riley Brandt, University of Calgary)

“There’s a real gap between textbook anatomy and what students see in real life – the LINDSAY software connects the dots between the classroom and real life. Students have been really enthusiastic and it seems to improve their ability to make the connections we are asking. It pulls everything in and provides a much more engaging learning experience.”

— Heather Jamniczky, assistant professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

A separate software application allows educators to make 3D slides.

The LYNDSAY software may soon be available as a downloadable app.

How is technology changing your life for the better?

Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/uoc-ltf071612.php

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies

Top 10 Technologies
Gearing Up for Science-based Change: A list of important future technologies that it predicts will impact the world has been released by the World Economic Forum.

Intelligent technologies for adding value to information and handling “noisy data” are among the expected advances showcased in a list of “Important Technologies” that, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, are poised to alter the world. The list was produced by a group of experts representing many areas, including science, businesses, and public policy.

“Accelerating progress in science and technology has stimulated a new age of discovery, and many of the technologies identified by the council are critical to building a sustainable and resilient future.”

 — Sang Yup Lee, Council Chair Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

In alphabetical order, the Council’s top 10 emerging technologies are as follows:

  • Enhanced Education Technology
  • Green Revolution 2.0 – Technologies for Increased Food and Biomass
  • High Energy Density Power Systems
  • Informatics for Adding Value to Information
  • Nanoscale Design of Materials
  • Personalized Medicine, Nutrition and Disease Prevention
  • Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
  • Systems Biology and Computational Modeling and Simulation of Chemical and Biological Systems
  • Utilization of Carbon Dioxide as a Resource
  • Wireless Power

While the Council members expect that technological progress in these areas could have major impacts on social, economic, and environmental issues, they also caution that their “safe and successful development is far from guaranteed.”

Explore further at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/tkai-iet021412.php

To see the full list of emerging technologies, visit http://forumblog.org/2012/02/the-2012-top-10-emerging-technologies

Related: http://www.inc.com/john-brandon/6-major-tech-innovations-for-2012.html 

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