A professional photographer focused her lens on 13 students posing March 29 on the McCarthy Mall at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. The best of her images is going to be chosen for the cover of a publication.
No, it’s not a fashion magazine. These students will grace the cover of a science textbook. John A. Burns School of Medicine instructor Kerri Cummins devised the project, challenging students in her Physiology 141-142 class to “ace”, or come very close to it, their end-of-semester exams.
“If they got three answers or less incorrect,” Cummins said, “I told them they could be on the cover of ‘Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology’ by Fredric Martini.” Fifteen students actually succeeded, and the 13 who were able to make it to the photo session listened carefully as professional photographer Anjj coaxed them through warm-up stretching exercises and a number of different poses.
Both the photographer and the college instructor have a way of bringing out the best in the students.
“She is sort of a cross between (comedian) Kathy Griffins and a teacher,” said Llamas, describing Cummins. “She’s really funny, and it motivates you.”
The instructor’s challenge was definitely on his mind when he took his exam, Llamas said.
“I wasn’t thinking about it until about a week or so before the exam, but as time for the test came around, it did kind of inspire me. It was a bonus.”
Most of Cummin’s students intend to study further in fields including medicine, nursing and pharmacy. Cummins is with the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. Her class is one of the undergraduate science courses the medical school teaches at the Manoa campus.
—By Tina Shelton with Photos by Arnold Kameda.
The students in the main photo are:
1st row: Perry Tsuruoka; Lee Rosner, Joseph Llamas; 2nd row: Remy Minami, Yolette Quach, Brissa Yamamura, Megan Souza, Tiana Abbley, 3rd row: Andrew Lee, Evan Lewis, Sarune Miklovaite, (Instructor) Kerri Cummins, Mitch Cadiz, Howard Kim.