Among those arriving on campus for the fall semester will be two cadavers that will occupy the new cadaver lab on the second floor of Concordia's Arndt Science Hall.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department Leanne Bakke said she looks forward to taking human body education beyond text-book pictures, plastic models and dissected animals. "This is an amazing opportunity to get a holistic view of how our body works." she said. "Students will actually be able to see and touch organs, nerves, muscles, tendons and bones to gain a greater understanding of how they all work together to make the body function."
Bakke said more than 100 students will use the cadaver lab each academic year, including Biology, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Pre-Medical, Psychology, Art and Honors Program students. "The lab poises us for future growth in these academic areas," she said. "Students are excited and the Anatomy and Physiology class filled immediately."
Recent graduate Jessica Simmons envies the students who will follow her in the Biology program. "The addition of the cadaver lab to Concordia gives students the opportunity for a specialized and more focused education that even some larger universities cannot offer."
Rev. Tom Ries, University President, said the lab is just one more way the University lives out its mission. "The cadaver lab helps us prepare students to live thoughtful and informed lives through greater understanding of the human body," he said. "Our graduates will be able to provide dedicated service to God and humanity because of this knowledge, they will be enlightened to care for God's creation, and this learning will all occur within the context of the Christian Gospel."
The University's Honors Program students will utilize the cadaver lab this year as they explore the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. Honors Program Director and Chair of the Department of Religion and Theology Rev. Dr. Mark Schuler said having a cadaver lab on campus allows the Concordia community to uphold its Christian beliefs. "It's one more way that we as Christians can affirm the mystery of God?s creation and the greater mystery of what God will do in the resurrection," Rev. Dr. Schuler said. "Even the remains of a dissected body can be raised for everlasting life."
The donated bodies, one male and one female, will be used as a learning tool throughout the academic year before being returned to their families. New cadavers will arrive each fall.