Summer 2020 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 Summer 2020 SEMESTER


(from Monday, July 20     to     Friday, July 24)


  • Final's Week.  I will be calculating your final grade on Saturday, July 25 and entering them into Campus Connection.  Hopefully, you felt you got something out of this really odd semester.  Sorry you missed out on the cadavers.  I will try to make that up in some way by having "open house" tours for small groups this Fall or next Spring.  It all hangs on how the Pandemic is going.  

  • Are you LOST trying to complete a class online?  ...You should email me at

  • 1 or 2 times each day you should check the following for anything new:
    • Blackboard.
    • This Website.
    • Your MSU email.

  • GO TO BLACKBOARD for your class to:
    • Take a lab quiz.
    • Take a lecture exam.
    • Take lab final practical exam.
    • Take a lecture final exam.
    • Check your grades on all exams.

    • Read your class Syllabus (course calendar is here too).
    • Watch all lecture videos.
    • Watch all lab videos.
    • Find all lab PDF handouts/worksheets.
    • Find all practice questions for lecture exams.
    • Find all histology slide PDFs (in the "Slide Box" tab).​


Last Updated:  Saturday, July 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM