Human Anatomy Students Create 3D Models in CURVE

Students in Dr. Carmen Eilertson’s Biology 4687/6687 Surgical Anatomy course have been busy in CURVE – Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment this semester creating detailed 3D models of human organs from their cadaveric dissections. Cadaveric dissection is a critical part of medical education, and under the direction of “Dr. E,” even undergraduate biology students at Georgia State gain exposure to human anatomical specimens for learning and research.

Here, undergraduate student Kenya Thrasher scans a human heart using a NextEngine laser scanner in CURVE’s 3D Modeling Lab:

CURVE’s 3D scanners enhance research and learning by enabling students and instructors to convert physical artifacts into 3D digital objects for up-close study and analysis and for sharing with other students and the broader research community. The scanning hardware and software can be used to create virtual models of objects for learning and research across disciplines.

Once their high-resolution scans are complete, Dr. E’s students will be able to zoom in and analyze each organ’s features from multiple angles. As part of this assignment, students will also label the features on each digital model.

Thanks to the Student Innovation Fellows Program and Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning at Georgia State for their support of this innovative project.

For additional information about 3D modeling technology at Georgia State University Library, see Digital Scholarship Librarian Spencer Roberts’ recent post on Photogrammetry Resources in CURVE.

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As Associate Dean, Public Services, I provide leadership for the library’s on-site and virtual research support, research data services, instruction, access services, and technology support.
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