The HAPS-EDucator is the official publication of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and is published online four times per year. When I first started teaching in 1998, I found an insert card in a new textbook that introduced me to HAPS. I was at a rural college in eastern Colorado, fairly isolated from science teachers. I joined HAPS and started receiving the HAPS-EDucator every three months. It was an amazing window into a group of people with similar interests and amazing stories to tell. I didn’t get to attend my first HAPS conference until 2001, but those issues of the HAPS-ED hooked me early on.
The HAPS-EDucator aims to foster the advancement of anatomy and physiology education by facilitating the collaboration of HAPS members through the publication of a quarterly journal. Journal articles may include, but are not limited to, those which discuss innovating teaching techniques, original lesson plans or lab exercises, reviews of trending topics in anatomy and physiology, and summaries of newsworthy events. Jeanelle and Sarah – co-editors – work with dedicated contributors and editors to bring you incredible issues several times a year. Prior editors, such as Susan Baxley and Marsha Sousa, have set a high standard. Sarah and Jeanelle continue to keep that standard high and push new frontiers in the changing face of publishing.
We switched from a printed version to an online version a few years ago. Whereas I miss having that paper edition in my hands, I really like the color images and graphics that we can implement into the online version. Jeanelle and Sarah tried something new this year. They created a special Annual Conference Edition of the HAPS-ED to highlight some of the magic that occurred in Las Vegas during this past conference in 2013. I recognize the group in the right picture, but who is that in the middle shot?
Have you got a story to tell? An activity to share? An edu-snippet to present? Jeanelle and Sarah would love to hear from you.