Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 SEMESTER

WEEK 2 (of 18) ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(from Monday, January 18     to     Friday, January 22)

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*Newest Updates in RED*

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  • All Classes:  
    • ​The grades in Blackboard have been color-coded to match the A, B, C, D, F letter grade scale that is in the syllabus for your class.
      • A is Green
      • B is Blue
      • C is Yellow
      • D is Purple
      • F is Red

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  • ​BIOL 202 Introductory Microbiology:
    • No New Announcements


  • BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology Part 1:
    • No New Announcements


  • BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology Part 2:
    • No New Announcements


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  • 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.


  • STAY ON THIS WEBSITE to:
    • 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.


  • Don't work or print stuff too far ahead, this is a "fluid semester" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so material might change.  I will do my best to stay 1 to 2 weeks ahead of you for the whole semester.  


  • 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.


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Last Updated:  Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 8:24 PM

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