Slimy science a hit at DHS

DALLAS — Students aren’t likely to forget any time soon the May 7 science lab — dissecting pig lungs — in Dallas High’s anatomy classes.    Especially those with the unenviable job of inflating their groups’ pair of pig lungs — literally blowing them up like balloons.    Chad McGuire, a veterinarian with Dallas Animal Clinic, led the class through the process of intubating the lungs. Then, those with strong stomachs blew into a tube to inflate the lungs.    “We’ve had a few accidents with that,” said McGuire, who has been helping out with the lab for the last decade.    That included an incident last year in which a student was sprayed in the face with who-knows-what when trying to inflate the lungs. Besides registering high on the ick scale, no permanent harm was done.    Thankfully, there was no sequel to that incident on May 7. JOLENE GUZMAN/Itemizer-Observer Jerdan Woods, left, blows into a pair of pig lungs to inflate them May 7. The unenviable task was part of a anatomy lab students at Dallas High conduct each year.    Jerdan Woods was the valiant volunteer lung inflator for his group, a collection of students who seemed all too happy to be dissecting a gigantic pair of pig lungs.    The only crack in Woods’ armor was a brief coughing episode and the rest of the group almost gleefully followed McGuire’s directions in examining the specimen.    “The worst part about this is the smell,” said Jonathan Lange. “Most of the people in this group want to become nurses, so we have to get used to this.”    Mission accomplished. The group spent most of the time joking about the task. At one point, they had to take a scalpel and scissors to the lungs. They were urged to be careful not to accidently cut each other.    See SCIENCE, Page 19A    Continued from Page 20A    “Then you would have to go to the hospital because we don’t know what the pig had,” Mykalyn Baker commented.    “Swine flu,” Nikkole Kolka said in response, getting a laugh from her group partners.    When asked if the group was looking forward to the day’s lab, Kolka responded, naturally, “very much so.”    Believe it or not, that’s not an uncommon response. This particular lab has become famous among those students who have taken the class.    “This is the favorite lab,” McGuire said. “This one ends up on Youtube the most out of any of the labs.”    Class teacher Janelle Ussery said the school has had a partnership with Dallas Animal Clinic for years. Veterinarians McGuire and William Fullmer take days off work to teach the labs, which focus on cow eyes, cow hearts, pig lungs, kidney pathology and the reproductive system.    “It’s amazing,” Ussery said of the value of having professional veterinarians conduct the labs. “I give the class lectures beforehand, but this gives them the hands-on stuff.”    McGuire said, for his part, he has a good time being a guest teacher for the day.    “Most of the kids have a real interest in it,” he said. “It’s just fun teaching and talking about this.”    

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