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ISU welcoming renovation plans

Idaho State University is welcoming plans for a $1 million-plus anatomy and physiology laboratory upgrade and the installation of an $87,000 virtual dissection table.

That will provide students with a real life experience.

Anatomy and physiology classes are taken by hundreds of ISU students each semester on the Pocatello campus.

“This is a renovation that has been desperately needed over the past many years, the previous labs was really outdated and we really needed to upgrade it with proper equipment,” said Mark Austin, chief, Department of Biological Science.

The renovations in the lab include new light fixtures, flooring, new cooler to store bodies and new lockers for students to change out of their scrubs.

The ISU professor believes the new floor plan will help students.

“To move cadaver tables around or the light fixtures around so that’s providing a lot of mobility and space for students to move around cadavers. And also instructors to assist the students,” said Austin.

The funding for the lab improvements came from the Idaho Permanent Building Fund.

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