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Release: Sept. 15, 2000

Skull anatomy software available free from UI Hardin Library for Health Sciences

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An award-winning software program developed at the University of Iowa for the study of the anatomy of the human skull is available free from the UI Hardin Library for Health Sciences.

"The Bones of the Skull: A 3-D Learning Tool" was developed to help students learn the features and bones of the skull. Available on CD-ROM or as a free download for educational use, the tutorial has two essential features: a collection of QuickTime virtual reality object movies of the skull and its individual bones, and an interactive textbook containing high-quality two-dimensional images, descriptive text and interactive learning exercises.

"The Bones of the Skull" was created two years ago by Marilyn Dispensa, a former graduate assistant at the UI Hardin Library's Information Commons and now a programming specialist at the university; Jim Duncan, coordinator of the Information Commons and electronic services at the Hardin Library; and Jerry Moon, UI associate professor of speech pathology and audiology. The team received the 1999 Sandoz/Slice of Life Student Software Development Award for the project.

"This software is a great study tool for students of all ages, as well as instructors or anyone with an interest in anatomy or the structure of the human skull," Duncan said.

For more information or to download the program, visit the Information Commons Web site at

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