Skeletons change their closet

On Tuesday, 14 employees and students moved carefully packaged skeletons and bones from 219 Science II to their new home in the Bessey Hall addition. The assortment, used for human anatomy classes, included real skeletons and bones acquired when the school was called Iowa State College (pre-1959). Mary Madsen, a teaching lab coordinator in genetics, development and cell biology, organized the transition to the new lab space in Bessey.

"I thought it respectful and necessary to hand carry these items over to the new labs," she said.

Skeleton skull

The skeletons and bones were carefully packaged before being removed from Science II. Photos by Christopher Gannon.

Group walking with packaged bones

A parade of people, led by teaching lab coordinator Mary Madsen, carry 12 skeletons and two boxes of bones through the Lagomarcino courtyard on their journey from Science II to Bessey Hall.

Skelton delivery to Bessey Hall

The skeletons and bones were delivered to the new Bessey Hall lab space, which still is under construction.