UCalgary, UWindsor professors coordinate project to diversify anatomy textbooks 


A pair of professors from the University of Calgary and University of Windsor are spearheading an initiative to diversify anatomy textbooks. The Anatomy Video and Imagery Diversity (AVID) project, led by UCalgary Professor Heather Jamniczky and UWindsor Professor Dave Andrews, aims to build an open-access repository of videos and anatomy illustrations that feature people of different ages, sexes, body compositions, skin tones, and hair colours and styles. The repository will also include depictions of people with amputations, prosthetics, tattoos, and piercings. The end result will be a compilation of images that can be used in science, kinesiology, nursing, and medical programs. “Students need to see diversity–to see themselves–in the material they’re learning,” said Andrews.  

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