Dr. Aaron Ament

Instructor, Cadaver Lab Supervisor

Department of Biology

Minot State University

Spring 2021 Semester

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 Spring 2021 SEMESTER


(from Monday, April 12     to     Friday, April 16)


  • ​BIOL 202 Introductory Microbiology:
    • No new YouTube videos since Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is recording the lectures.
    • ​April 7, 9th, 12th lecture changed to Common Human Fungal and Parasitic Infections.  PDF of notes now available.

  • BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology Part 1:
    • SI (Student Instruction) sessions by Alexis Leier
    • Email:  alexis.leier@minotstateu.edu
    • Location:  SWAIN 110
    • Day & Time:  
      • ​Monday:  2:30 PM to 3:20 PM
      • Thursday:  1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
    • Office Hours (Thursday: 2 to 3 PM).  Both virtual & in person (Swain 110)
    • LINK  for Remote SI sessions

  • BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology Part 2:
    • SI (Student Instruction) sessions by Jacob Bohl
    • ​Email:  j.bohl@minotstateu.edu
    • Location:  SWAIN 112
    • Day & Time:  
      • ​Monday:  3:00 PM to 3:50 PM
      • Friday:  3:00 PM to 3:50 PM
    • Office Hours (Thursday: 2 to 3 PM). *** Virtual only (use link below).
    • LINK for Remote SI sessions


  • GO TO BLACKBOARD for your class to:
    • Take all Lecture Exams. Each Lecture Exam has a 24 hour test window.
    • To access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to watch the Lecture (and Lab) discussion remotely if you are not attending lecture in person.
    • See all your lab & lecture Grades, current point total & average.

    • see / print PDFs of the Lecture & Lab handouts.
    • Watch YouTube videos of the Lectures and Labs.
      • Tip: watching the appropriate video BEFORE you attend a lecture discussion or go to lab makes it much easier! 
      • Note:  Not every lecture or lab may have a video to view.

  • If you have technical difficulties with Blackboard during a lecture exam, email me at aaron.ament@minotstateu.edu or text me (701) 240-3373,tell me your full name & what class you are in and I will try to reset your exam ASAP.


Last Updated:  Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:25 PM