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Friday, May 13 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Visualizing Biodesign : Transforming Research Through Interactive Technology

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In the 21st century, “bioinspired” solutions are crucial for innovating our future (Myers, 2012). Some “bioinspired” alternatives include vaccine and medicine revolution; technologies to identify and eliminate contaminants from the environment; and nanotechnology for biomedicine diagnostic, and environmental safety (ASU Biodesign Institute, 2015). We propose an interactive technology called “Neosphere” to visualize scientific findings while creating a connection between biological research performed at the laboratory and media. This interactive media tool can increase learning, our ability to explore scientific jargon, and can also establish positive experiences through feedback (Hoffman and Novak, 1995). Hence and based on interactions between media and user characteristics, the use of this media indirectly influences the perceived benefits of searching different types of information, (Klein, 1998). In this project, we evaluate and discuss the potential of interactive media towards advancing the public awareness of environmental biotechnology research. Our interactive media, Neosphere, is made of three different components. First, “the green mission”, a strategic planning game that introduces the players to the concept of phytoremediation, the way in which scientists manage specific plants to remove pollutants such as metal compounds, pesticides, solvents, and crude oil from the environment. Second, “the uranium fighter”, a physical - digital interactive game that immerse the players into the process of uranium contamination by giving players chance to be bacteria destroying uranium concentrations in water. And third, “the Eco DNA art project”, an interactive art piece that visualizes microbial communities contributing in several environmental remediation processes.

Friday May 13, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
COOR 186 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281

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