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New opportunity for CSM science students with cadaver lab

Thanks to a recent renovation of the Math & Science Building on campus, students at College of Saint Mary (CSM) now have the advantage of a functioning cadaver lab for observation in their anatomy and physiology classes.



“Having this lab is a great benefit for our students. The tissues in the human body are mobile, three dimensional structures. The only way to get a sense of how the body grows into an elegant, functional and integrated organism is to see it ‘in the flesh,’” said Dr. Jeff Keyte, M.D., assistant professor of biology and manager of the lab. “Models present only a static and non-flexible, surface-only ‘rendition’ of anatomy. Observing with an actual cadaver is a major advantage for our students majoring in nursing, occupational therapy, biology and pre-med.”

The cadaver, which was procured through the Nebraska Anatomical Board, is already creating excitement among the students. “The students are intrigued and realize what an awesome opportunity this will be for learning,” said Keyte. One student, T’Essence Bessick, a junior biology major and participant in CSM’s Mothers Living & Learning program, is serving as a cadaver lab assistant through a NASA Fellowship. “She has been working to groom her skills and is now actively assisting in the dissection and preparation of the cadaver for weekly demonstrations.”

Although the lab currently has just one cadaver, eventually CSM will be using three cadavers which will be dissected differently to show different structures and levels of detail. This semester alone, more than 90 students will benefit from using the lab.

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