Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Anatomy and Physiology Lab

October is the perfect time to visit Carlow’s skeletons. In the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Anatomy and Physiology Lab, that is, rooms 219 and 224 on the 2nd oor of the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology. 

Today’s students can’t imagine campus without AJP. (They were mere infants when it was constructed in 1999!) But the cool building on Fifth Ave. is filled with bright, open study spaces and many state-of-the art labs and classrooms. 

Students immersed in anatomy and physiology have lots to study. To keep one step ahead of Professor Stephen Borecky, sophomore biology perfusion major Emily Orr says she makes sure to pop down regularly to study slides and quiz herself— today’s topic is epidermis and dermis (skin, that is). Science lesson for the day (you never know, it might be #5 down in the Sunday crossword): The epidermis contains no blood vessels. The dermis is basically composed of connective tissue and contains skin appendages.

Anatomy & Physiology Lab

Fall 2017 Places and Spaces

A  The lab has several friendly skeletons. Those who greet us are made of plastic. And we’re told there’s a real guy (a rarity today) in the lab next door right now. According to Mark Barsic, AJP’s lab manager, not all schools are so fortunate to have them literally hanging around for students to study (skeletons are expensive—and real bones are cost prohibitive).

B  Dem bones...the hip bone’s connected to the leg bone. And so on. Drawers of bones— some real, some artificial. Fibulae and tibiae and femurs—oh, my. 

C and D  Human muscle models are developed by skilled craftsmen—and show a high level of detail. C is a human torso model—the chest wall slides down to reveal internal organs. D details lower limb muscles.