Topic 1: Cells: The Body's Building Blocks
In the first topic of the semester, science professor Julie Posey explained basic cell structure and function, and Professor Schramer showed images by artists inspired by or illustrating cellular biology. In today's lab, students looked at various prepared tissue samples under the microscope. They were also able to prepare their own slides from samples they collected themselves, or brought from home. Subjects included bacon, mushrooms, leaves and flower petals, cactus spines, a penny, and hair from cats, dogs, and humans. Two of our microscopes are able to record digital images, and many of the students took advantage of this to collect reference photos of their subjects.