The University of Guam recently received a donation that will help science students bring their coursework out of their textbooks and directly into their hands. Dr. Greg and Norma Miller donated a full human skeleton and an additional skull to the UOG College of Natural and Applied Sciences to use in biology and other courses.
“This unique donation to the university highlights the many ways that members of our island community have a direct impact on the education of our students,” said UOG Endowment Foundation executive director Janiece Sablan.
CNAS dean Dr. Lee Yudin said the donation will be used as a learning tool for classes such as biology and anatomy.
Dr. Laura Biggs, assistant professor of Physiology and STEM Education, said a large number of students studying Biology at UOG are slated to go into the medical field after graduation. Utilizing authentic human bones aids in their understanding of the human body.
“About half of our 350 Biology majors are biomedical track and these numbers continue to grow,” Biggs said. “Our students are interested in becoming doctors, pharmacists, veterinarians, and physical therapists. Having a fully connected skeleton in the lab allows our students the experience of seeing the bones and joints in their true form.” (UOG)