Human Anatomy at Colby

JanPlan 2015 Lab: Cranial Osteology, Art and Anatomy, and more…

January 17, 2015 · No Comments

The active learner is the engaged learner, thus lab is an essential part of the semester here in Human Anatomy & Physiology. Here are a few images from lab so far…


Cameron Matticks (’15) was a student in the class in January 2014, and has returned as our TA this year as part of an internship that has had him shadowing nurse practitioners in the wound care unit at Inland Hospital in Waterville.  Here he is sorting out the histology slides for an upcoming lab.


Left to right, Mayra Arroyo (’16), Ariel Oppong (’16), and Jay Lee (’15) in lab absorbed in the process of learning the osseous features of the cranium. Foramen magnum, foramen rotundum, foramen ovale, foramen spinosum… who knew there were so many holes in your head?


After the students learn the skeletal muscles in lab they get to test their knowledge in the Colby Museum of Art on the Art and Anatomy scavenger hunt. The students are given a specific muscle to search for that features prominently in an unnamed piece of art in the museum. As an additional clue they get a brief bit of art history on the piece in question.  Here Ari Thomas (’16) contemplates John Rogers’ The Wounded Scout: A Friend in the Swamp as she searches for the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle.


Alex Lucas (’17) and Yvette Qu (’18) try to decide which clue to pursue next after finding the deltoidius muscle in Malvina Hoffman’s Bacchanale Russe. The sculptor was a master of human anatomy. Prior to the date of this particular casting, she had upon the advice of the famous Auguste Rodin, with whom she studied, traveled to the prestigious Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, the town of her birth, to spend a year dissecting human cadavers and learning human anatomy, highlighting the close relationship between anatomy and art that has persisted throughout the ages.


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