International Accolade for University Website
prestigious American science journal has ranked a University of Leicester
website as being among the top in the world.
American magazine has named 'The Virtual Autopsy', a website run by the
University's Pathology Department, in its annual Sci/Tch Web Awards 2002.
magazine is recognised for chronicling major innovations and scientific
discoveries, and its awards name the fifty best Web resources for those seeking
science and technology information. The University website has been recognised
for being informative, interesting and fun as well as being an extremely
valuable science and technology resource.
Naylor, Computer Manager in the Department of Pathology, said: "The website
was set up five years ago as a teaching aid for our medical undergraduates but
it is now used by at least 175 academic institutions all over the world.
people who train mortuary technicians in the States use our website. I also put
down its popularity due to the fact that autopsy and the reasons as to why
people die are still perhaps semi-taboo subjects. It is not morbid web surfers
that visit the site but groups of people whose vocations utilise the information
Virtual Autopsy' takes the form of a quiz. It provides a list of the causes of
death, a description of the body and the findings of the autopsy. Users are
asked to establish cause of death based on the information they are provided
with. If the wrong answer is given then the user learns from his or her errors.
The website contains accessible language and is not burdened with technical
Naylor added: "We did not go looking for this award but they found us.
Everyone involved in the website is delighted to receive such high
recognition but we do not claim to provide a world service. Our real purpose is
to serve our medical undergraduates, although it never ceases to amaze me just
how much the website is relied upon by institutions around the world."
'The Virtual Autopsy': http://www.le.ac.uk/pa/teach/va/welcome.html
of the awards can be found at: http://www.scientificamerican.com
TO NEWSDESK: For
more information please contact Jon Naylor Computer Manager, Department of
Pathology, University of Leicester Tel +44(0)116 252 3226.
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