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NOVA Annandale Opens Digital Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

 new Anatomage Table
Students, faculty and staff familiarize themselves with the new Anatomage Table at the new Digital Anatomy and Physiology Lab at Annandale.
Cindy Miller and Mary Vander Maten
Assistant Dean of Anatomy and Physiology Cindy Miller and Acting Dean of Mary Vander Maten cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Digital Anatomy and Physiology Lab at Annandale.

The Annandale Campus hosted a ribbon cutting and celebration ceremony for the official opening of its Digital Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory in the CS Building. Anatomy and Physiology Assistant Dean Cindy Miller explained that the Math, Science and Engineering Division – with the help of MSE Acting Dean Mary Vander Maten and MSE Dean Abe Eftekhari who’s on sabbatical – the faculty was able to dedicate space for the lab and new equipment.

The lab includes an Anatomage Table, which is a life size 3-D reconstruction of actual cadavers, AdInstruments Powerlabs for physiology work such as EKG, EEG, EEG, spirometry and blood pressure functions. Additionally, the lab is equipped with digital microscopy capabilities which allows computers to act as a microscope. Miller explained that, with the help of her colleagues, she wrote a proposal for the equipment and was awarded a Perkins Grant. The division received two Anatomage tables; one is located in the Science Learning Center at the Annandale Campus.

“All of the equipment together makes this lab unique at NOVA and brings NOVA’s teaching into alignment with what’s going on in the workplaces where we send our students,” Miller said. 

To accommodate the space needed for a proper lab, a classroom was converted and two doors leading to the new lab were constructed at the back of two existing wet labs. The new lab space can comfortably fit 28 students for instruction. Miller said the MSE team is now working on creating activities and developing curriculum to incorporate the new equipment.

“We’re so very fortunate to have this lab space with world class technology,” Miller said. “This is a great resource for our students, who will have this experience and can go out and have this edge in their careers.” 

During the short ceremony, MSE hosted a small open house where they provided information about the new lab and the equipment that will be used to prepare students for real world careers. Students also toured the space and got acquainted with the new Anatomage Table. Dr. Robert Wade, interim dean of Allied Health at the MEC, also attended the celebration and discussed the capabilities of the Anatomage Table with faculty and students.

MSE thanked Vander Maten; Eftekhari; Vice President of Instructional & Information Technology Steve Sachs; Annandale Provost Pamela Hilbert; Vice President of Workforce Development Steven Partridge; Pathway to the Baccalaureate Education Administrator Jolene Virgo; Biology Adjunct Instructor Paul Lea; Director of IT Client Services Wayne Ledford; Annandale Director of Campus Operations Rizwan Rahman; Geology Assistant Professor Shelley Jaye; IT Specialists Leslie Toomer and Howard Treichler; Biology Lab Manager Simin Assadi; Campus Renovations Coordinator Cheryl Robinette; Biology Professor Fay Tarighl and; IT Manager Bruce Ghofrany for making the lab possible.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.