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Biology students study cadavers

DCHS Journalism

Clayton Carter

April 14, 2019

The Biology II class took a field trip to Fort Hays State University, where they took a tour of the cadaver lab. Dr. Chris Bennett, professor of biological sciences, showed the class three of the eight cadavers in the lab. He told the students how old the people were when they died and their cause of death. The youngest cadaver in the lab was 67 years old.

The first and third cadavers were two of the older ones in the lab. They have both been at the university since January of 2018. The second cadaver that Dr. Bennett showed the group has only been there since this past January. He showed the students where muscles and organs are in the body and explained their function.

Dr. Bennett also showed the students containers of preserved organs.  The contents included hearts, livers, brains, and lungs. He went over the parts of the organs and showed students areas that could have caused problems. Some of the hearts that he showed the group had been through bypass surgery. One of the lungs that the students got to see was the lung of a smoker, and it had visible tar in it. The students even had the opportunity to hold the organs.

“I was really surprised by how big the human liver is," said Cindy Sheaffer. "It’s huge!"

“I liked the trip," said Drew Juenemann. "It was educational, but it was still fun. My favorite part was getting to hold a brain.”

Dr. Bennett said that the university obtains their cadavers through the Willed Body Program out of Kansas City. He has been at the university since 2004.

There are twelve students in the Biology II class: Drew Juenemann, Cindy Sheaffer, Kara Haselhorst, Clayton Carter, Cory Wurm, Anna Carter, Sage Lohoefener, Amy Wentz, McKenna Fortin, Alyssa Van Vleet, Kalen Townsend, and Gabe Peter. The class is taught by Duane Dorshorst.

“It was a great experience. I think that the kids learned a lot,” said Mr. Dorshorst.


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