After the renovation and addition of a $9 million science center, Rider dedicates the building

Rider has 17 science programs, including several new ones launched in the last five years alone, including new bachelor’s degree programs in computer science, cybersecurity, exercise science, and an online master’s degree program in cybersecurity. This year, the computer science major also added three new tracks – cybersecurity, software engineering, and artificial intelligence – to allow students to further specialize.

The anatomy/physiology lab is the first lab of its kind at Rider. The classroom of approximately 20 students was designed specifically to facilitate dissection and facilitate group work. Each student group table has an individual ventilation accessory called a snorkel for better air quality during dissections. The room also has increased storage for cold samples and regular equipment.

Two new pieces of equipment are the real stars of the laboratory: a synthetic cadaver and an anatomy table. The synthetic cadaver, called SynDaver, is a life-size model of a body made of materials that replicate the feel and appearance of human tissue. Students will be able to harvest organs, perform dissections, and visualize the structures and connections of major organ systems in the body. Rider is the only four-year college or university in New Jersey to have a full SynDaver.

Students work with a synthetic cadaver

The Anatomage table is a three-dimensional virtual dissection table. Rider is one of five universities in the state to have this device. The board displays a number of cadaver images that students can manipulate to visualize various structures in the body and perform virtual dissections and physiological simulations. The touch screen table presents an array of MRI and CT images of real cadavers.

Students use the new Anatomage table

Earnest L. Veasey