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Alumni Meet “Pearl” - A SynDaver

Published: 12/03/2019

By: Melanie Vynalek

At a recent event, the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) introduced its newest member – Pearl, a SynDaver. As an addition to COSAM laboratories, Pearl elevates the experience for students studying human anatomy and physiology. Prior to Pearl’s arrival, students learned the muscles and their locations through the anatomy of a cat. Now, they can remove the intestines, lift the liver, and pull back the muscles of a faux cadaver to explore how the human body really works.

“Pearl has all of her muscles and we can remove the superficial ones to reveal the deeper muscles, while she also feels and acts like living tissue. Each of the different organs feels different and realistic to its human counterparts,” said Linda Pastorello, A&P Lab Coordinator.

With the addition of Pearl to the COSAM learning environment, students can freely and safely explore the human body without worry of hazardous chemicals or fear of being disrespectful, Pastorello said.

The SynDaver model has proven such a success and with the vast number of students who take Anatomy and Physiology labs, more models are needed. Tiger Giving Day will take place on February 19, 2020, and COSAM will raise funds to purchase the one arm and one leg model.

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