Let’s start with Doctor Know, which is featured in the Oct. 2014 issue of NISENet’s Nano Bite newsletter,
- Doctor Know Online Game and App for iOS and Android – Step into the future of medicine as a doctor in the know! “Doctor Know,” developed by the Arizona Science Center, is intended to help teachers, students, and the public understand how biomedical innovations are transforming medicine. This online game and app complements lab experiences, theatrical demonstrations, outreach programs, biomedical lecture series, and online content. Download game through iTunes and Google Play now
Here’s a bit more information from NISENet’s Doctor Know webpage,
Play doctor in the 21st century! Practice modern medicine by examining all dimensions of the body, from organs to molecules, as an interconnected system. Use innovative tests and treatments to heal your patients, not hurt them. With “Doctor Know,” the Arizona Science Center seeks to help teachers, students, and the general public understand how how biomedical innovations are transforming medicine.
Players assume the role of a physician who must diagnose and treat patients using a toolkit of tests and treatments. At the start of the game, that toolkit contains familiar, established techniques. Over the course of the game, players can adopt innovative new biomedical tools to diagnose their patients more accurately and treat their ailments more effectively.
From supercomputers to bioinformatics to nanotechnologies, “Doctor Know” features dozens of cutting-edge and futuristic tools that will become available in the coming decades. Furthermore, by viewing their patients’ bodies as an interconnected system, players can better target their tests and treatments and minimize side effects and suffering. Step into the future of medicine as a doctor in the know!
This game complements gallery laboratory experiences, theatrical demonstrations, outreach programs, biomedical lecture series, and online content available from Arizona Science Center at Pathways to Medical Discovery for Educators and Body Depot.
For anyone who’s interested in the game’s goals and objectives, there’s this,
→ Arizona Science Center Introduces Scale and Nano-Medicine in Mobile Game
By Frank Kusiak, The Lawrence Hall of Science
“The game, ‘Doctor Know,’ introduces the general public, students, and teachers to current biomedical research encouraged by NIH’s [US National Institutes of Health] Roadmap. In addition to basic medical research, it aims to highlight the processes and tools involved in current biomedical research, linking directly to Arizona’s Science Standards. The project was funded by a National Institute of Health SEPA grant” (Arizona Science Center’s “Aims of the Project and Results”).
Doctor Know, the Arizona Science Center’s newest mobile game, opens with a vivid, yet darkly humorous, animation about the history of medical diagnosis and treatment. We watch the painful evolution of a “healers” practice from ancient Greece to Medieval times to modern medicine. It concludes by introducing your mission and the game’s scope of learning: you are a doctor and you will diagnose and treat many patients based on available tools and technology. The player learns about the human body’s interconnectedness in regards to health at multiple scales. From macro (organs and tissue), micro (cells), and nano (molecular), there are multiple levels at which our health can fail and be treated……
I imagine the titular resemblance between Doctor Know and Doctor Who is intentional.
Mentioned previously in my Sept. 5, 2014 posting about the NISENet newsletter, the American Chemical Society’s National Chemistry Week is coming soon,
- 2014 National Chemistry Week – Themed the “Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy,” this year’s American Chemistry Society (ACS) event will take place October 19 – 25, and is a great opportunity for Network partners to collaborate with local ACS chapters, businesses, schools, and scientists to organize events in your community to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.
You can go directly to the American Chemical Society’s 2014 National Chemistry Week webpage for more information.
On another front, there has been some magazine action for NISENet,
→ DIY Nano App Feature in September Issue of FamilyFun Magazine!
The NISE Network’s DIY Nano app is featured in the September 2014 FamilyFun magazine! The DIY Nano app (for iPhones and iPads) allows families to experience and learn about nano topics at home or on the go!
While this seems a bit early, here’s information about getting your 2015 NanoDays kits,
→ Application for 2015 NanoDays Kit Now Available (Due December 1st)
Join the NISE Network March 28th through April 5th, 2015 by hosting NanoDays events in your community and raising public awareness on nano topics. Partners are invited to submit an application for a 2015 physical NanoDays Kit, which will include all the materials and resources necessary to start planning your community events. Applications are due December 1st [NanoDays 2015 Kit application].
Here’s a link for anyone who would like to read the October 2014 issue of the Nano Bite in its entirety.