A Look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
The Henry Ford College (Michigan) Biology Department installed a state-ofthe-art Anatomage Table — a virtual cadaver — that has been integrated into its curriculum for the Winter 2018 semester. HFC is one of only five educational institutions in Michigan to provide an Anatomage Table, a virtual dissection system that allows students to perform an autopsy on a virtual cadaver. The Anatomage software delivers a high level of image detail that is not present in plastic anatomical models and sometimes even actual cadavers, since the organs and tissues of cadavers can become too degraded for dissection. “Using actual human cadavers poses several challenges for us here at HFC, including regulations, recurring costs, and ethical issues for students,” said Carla Serfas, HFC biology instructor and faculty chair of the biology department. “Once a human cadaver is dissected, you can re-use it again in a limited way, but it degrades rapidly. This Anatomage technology enables us to use and re-use the same ‘cadaver’ indefinitely without previous dissections affecting how students see the anatomical structures.” The life-size virtual cadaver — which can be switched from male to female, per the discretion of the instructor — can be viewed and manipulated from an endless combination of angles and through all tissue levels. Users can zoom in on areas of interest to the level of individual vascular structures and can slice through any combination of muscle and bone with the swipe of a single finger, as opposed to a scalpel. One advantage of the Anatomage technology is that a mistake in the dissection process can be undone immediately. At the end of each lesson, the virtual cadaver can be reset to its original state. Also, whatever is being done on the Anatomage Table can be projected on classroom monitors, allowing students to clearly see what is being done during a demonstration. The Anatomage Table was funded by a grant through the HFC Technology Investment Fund (TIF). “The Anatomage Table is a valuable resource to our students, especially those who are preparing for future careers in the healthcare field as doctors, nurses, or other medical practitioners,” said Serfas. “The adoption of this technology will also increase the college’s chances of recruiting and preparing highquality, future-driven applicants to our existing programs.”
West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design will host Passages of Simplicity, a solo exhibition featuring fiber art and ceramics by Paducah artist Helene Davis in the Bill Ford Gallery at PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. “PSAD Director Paul Aho said it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to recognize Helene’s work in fibers and to present her ceramics to new audiences. “With the opening of our fiber arts studio this past year, PSAD has embraced contemporary practices in the field,” said Aho. “This exhibition showcases the work of Helene Davis, a leading artist in our community, known for her inventive dyeing techniques and their application in her elegant fine art wall quilts, but less well known for her work in clay.” Paducah artist Lily Liu assisted in selecting the works on display, which as the exhibition’s title suggests, illustrates a transition from complexity to deceptively simpler works in both fibers and clay. A student exhibition will also be on display during the Passages to Simplicity exhibition. In continuing PSAD’s Bright Futures exhibitions to showcase the work of high school students from throughout the region, Bright Futures 3 is an exhibition of students’ works from Paducah Tilghman High School under instruction of local art teacher John Romang.