Lincoln-Way East students observe autopsy via livestream
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Griffins enrolled in anatomy and physiology classes and forensic science classes had the opportunity to view an autopsy via livestream. Lincoln-Way East science teachers initially learned about the opportunity, called Live from the Morgue, in November while attending the Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) conference.

“I am so proud we were able to offer this experience to our students,” said East Science Department Chair Maria Wilson. “It truly added another element into our forensic science and anatomy and physiology curriculum.”

Founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago, Dr. Ben Margolis, welcomed students from Lincoln-Way East and Barrington high schools to observe the autopsy, form hypothesizes, and ask questions throughout the process. Students were able to use Twitter to ask questions as the autopsy occurred, allowing Margolis to answer their inquiries through video conferencing in real time.

Students’ attention was completely captured throughout the procedure as Margolis narrated his autopsy of the body. "I was shocked, queasy, yet fascinated,” said student Frankie Gonzalez. Student Sarah Lewis was also fascinated by the experience. "I thought it was really interesting to see the whole process of how they investigate death,” she said. “It turned out to be a lot different than what I expected.”

Although most Lincoln-Way East staff members had observed autopsies before, their attention was captured as well. Forensic science teacher Jami Voliva said, "The body is a great piece of evidence to indicate what a person has done in his/her entire life, not just the event that ended life. One's story can be told even after death."