UAPB professor receives grant for 3D project

Imagine being able to walk through the central nervous system, forensics scene or the activity of a data stream. All of that will soon be possible in a 3D project being developed at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Sederick C. Rice, assistant professor of biology and the principal investigator in the project, has been awarded a $176,000 grant aimed at developing a 3D visualization center in Rust Technology Hall at UAPB. Antonie Rice, associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, is the co-principal investigator.

The instrumentation grant is from the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence to fund the Generating Enhanced Teaching through Science Education and Technology (GET-SET) project.

The main components of the GET-SET project are designed to develop a 3D visualization center at UAPB to improve STEM faculty professional development along with the application and use of 3D visualization in STEM classroom and research settings on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“This is a very exciting time for me as principal investigator of the GET-SET Project,” Sederick Rice said. “The installation of a 3D visualization cave on our campus will open the door to enhanced student and faculty engagement in STEM teaching and research across our campus and provide instrumentation that will promote effective outreach to K-12 STEM teachers and students throughout the Arkansas Delta.”

The Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence is a statewide network of collaborative partnerships to expand biomedical research capacity in Arkansas. The network features the three research-intensive institutions in the state – the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – which provide scientific leadership.

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