FALL 2019 Semester

Dr. Aaron Ament

Instructor, Cadaver Lab Supervisor

Department of Biology

Minot State University

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt.  This 1632 oil painting on canvas shows Dr. Tulp, a Dutch surgeon and the mayor of Amsterdam demonstrating a dissection of the left forearm and palm.  The book in the lower right corner is likely the 1543 ​De Humane Corporis Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius.  The corpse is Aris Kindt, who was convicted for armed robbery and hanged—then dissected later that same day.  It was common at the time to strictly limit cadaver dissection to executed criminals and sometimes unclaimed bodies. A close examination of the navel reveals the shape of a capital letter "R"—the signature of the artist (who was 26 at the time).  The poster on the back wall is also signed and dated by the artist.  Rembrandt incorrectly painted the flexor compartment muscles originating off the lateral epicondyle of the humerus instead of the medial epicondyle.  


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MSU Fall 2019 SEMESTER

WEEK 9 (of 17) ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(from Monday, October 21    to    Friday, October 25)

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  • Fall 2019 Mid-Term grades have been posted to campus connection.  ​I do NOT round up any percentages in determining your letter grade.  If you do not know how to determine your current percentage, just add up all your points and divide by the maximum possible score then multiply by 100%.  For example, you got 10 point lab quiz/handout scores of 8, 7, 9, 9.5, 8.5, a lecture exam score of 65 (out of 100), and a lab practical score of 76 out of 100, then your total would be 8+7+9+9.5+8.5+65+76 = 183 points out of a possible 250 points.  183÷250 = 0.732          0.732 x 100%  =  73.2% current average... which is a "C" in the course.  This is "close" to a "B" which starts at 75% (for BIOL 220 and BIOL 221, in this example).  The quiz grades are pretty good, but this student should study more for lecture to bring their grade up.  


  • Spring 2020 Registration is November 5-7 for currently enrolled students.


  • ​The LAST DAY TO DROP (a 16-week course) is Friday, November 15.  If you are currently failing a course, and do not plan to make major adjustments to your daily study schedule you might want to consider withdrawing from the course and attempting it in a future semester.  Remember, there are no special credit projects or extra work given for any of my courses.  I would suggest all students take BIOL 220, BIOL 221, and BIOL 202 only during semesters with minimum number of other credits due to the necessary time commitment needed for studying and doing well.  For most students, it costs the same in money and time to fail a course as it does to withdraw from one, the difference is the effect on your GPA!  If you don't know what to do, talk to me or your advisor for advice.  There is no secret to doing well in science courses... the only thing that ever works is lots of reading, repetition, and memorizing (the same skills you need to learn a new language).


Last Updated:  Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM