Your bloggers are having too much fun!

A message from the ComCom
A message from the ComCom Chair, Wendy Riggs

It’s true!  The blogging team is rockin’ the scene in Atlanta and we’re having way too much fun to blog!

30_yrsBut don’t worry- the Queen of Blogs herself (that would be ME!) is rounding up some superstars to keep you entertained in the months to come. Curious?  Let’s just say I’ve got a verbal commitment from Geezer Gab founder and HAPS President Emeritus Bill Perrotti, and even managed to squeeze a blog promise out of another President Emeritus, Gary Johnson!  Let me tell you, coaxing these old timers into the blogosphere is no small feat!

So stay tuned– we’ll have more Atlanta reports for you soon.  (And yes– we ARE all making plans for fun times next year in Salt Lake City.)



Enjoy the lovely Atlanta skyline while participating in the HAPS fun walk/run.

We can’t wait to see you!

A message from the Atlanta Conference Committee Co-Chair, Kyla Ross.
A message from the Atlanta Conference Committee Co-Chair, Kyla Ross.

The annual HAPS conference kicks off in less than one week in Atlanta. It’s the 30th anniversary of the HAPS annual conference, and our conference committee has worked hard to commemorate the occasion. There are anniversary shirts and commemorative pins. Check out Christie Canady’s blog to learn more. Also, be on the lookout at the conference for fun highlights of the last 30 years.

We are excited to welcome some of the top researchers and educators in the country to serve as our update speakers. Topics include educational research, novel teaching methods, zoonotic diseases, microvasculature, cancer immunotherapy, biomechanics, and personalized medicine. Visit our exhibitors to learn more about the latest and greatest teaching and technology tools. Learn more about innovations in education by attending each of the three poster sessions and two days of workshops. And, don’t forget to socialize and network with fellow HAPSters at our evening reception and social.

A message from the 2016 Annual Conference Committee

HAPS Synapse! also returns this year with an exciting exploration of topics we all assume that we know well. Perhaps most impressive is that all HAPS Synapse! speakers are well-respected authors. Check out Keely Cassidy’s sneak peek at speakers and topics here. This session will not disappoint!

Want a little exercise while you see some historic sights? Then, be sure to sign up for the HAPS Foundation Walk-Run. Conference committee member and runner extraordinaire, Patrick Cafferty, has designed a course that optimizes sightseeing in the area historic neighborhoods. Check out his recent blog to learn more. Remember, all funds support the HAPS Foundation!

Hospitality R4Looking for some additional fun while you are visiting? Atlanta has so many area attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola , Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta Braves, Martin Luther King Center, great area restaurants, and much more.  Learn more by referencing our Hospitality Guide on the app or online, or checking out recent blog posts by our Hospitality Coordinator, Margaret Long: Part I and Part II. Our local conference volunteers will also be wearing hospitality buttons, so please find one of us for guidance while you are here.

This year, we are also excited to offer 120 HAPSters the opportunity to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Those signed up for our post-conference event have received their required security clearance and are ready to tour the CDC Museum, and learn more about the CDC. We will meet representatives from the Division of Emergency Operations, and we will attend Q&A sessions with Division Director, Toby Merlin, and Deputy Director, Chris Braden.

It’s an exciting time as we put the finishing touches on conference details. We can’t wait to welcome you to our great city for a great conference. We wish all of you safe travels, and we will see you soon!

Kyla Ross
Conference Committee Co-Chair

Check out the HAPS 2016 app!


This year we have put the Annual Conference app on steroids!  We have a ton of new features in addition to all the schedule, presenter, and maps info you have become accustomed to using.

Download the app now!

First, when you open the app you will see the ACTIVITY STREAM that is similar to a facebook feed or a twitter feed. The difference is that ours is private and limited to other HAPS 2016 app users (there is an option to cross-post to other social media sites if that is what you want to do).  You can make announcements, comment and rate events.  The social features will help everyone get more out of the conference.  And we’ve made posting a game to make it more fun – you get POINTS for posting or liking the posts of others.

Since you will be posting as yourself, you’ll need to REGISTER within the app – it is quick and easy and lets your friends find you.  Once you register you will be listed in the PEOPLE section of the app, and you can use this section to keep track of the new people you meet.  Add TAGS to your profile to let people know more about your interests.  Need a tag that isn’t available?  Let us know.  

Once you have read the latest from the ACTIVITY FEED, you swipe to the right or touch the menu in the upper left and you’ll be taken to the menu of all the options – and there are lots of options!  

The Main Menu

ACTIVITY STREAM – This is the social media-type feed of all the comments.  This will be fun to watch.

PEOPLE – This is everyone who has registered within the app.  If you meet someone new, go here and put a check next to his or her name and you’ll have all the contact info for followup later!

SCHEDULE – Day-by-day of everything that is happening at HAPS 2016.  When you click on an event, you will have the option to RATE and COMMENT on the event and you can even make your own PERSONAL SCHEDULE (see the videos below).

PRESENTERS – Searchable list of all presenters – makes it easy to find friends or people whose workshops you want to attend.  Poster first presenters also include the poster abstract.

EXHIBITORS – The complete list of all our wonderful exhibitors and their contact info.  If you look in the HOTEL MAPS section below, you will find an interactive map of the exhibit hall that shows you where all the exhibitors are located.

Just met Kyla Ross!  She gets a check!

SPONSORS – The complete list of sponsors – without them we wouldn’t be able to have such an awesome event.  Thank you! 

HAPS LEADERSHIP – Names and photos of all board members, steering committee chairs, and senior staff.

LOTS MORE INFO – Not kidding – LOTS more info.  This tab has ELEVEN SUBSECTIONS with all kinds of great information – everything from maps of HAPS regions to Tuesday Committee meeting info.

HOSPITALITY – This contains several lists of restaurants and activities compiled by the 2016 host committee locals.  Most of the items have links to websites to make it easy to use.

NEWS – This is where cancellations, moved events, etc will be posted.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom!

HOTEL MAPS – Interactive floor plans of the hotel with info on each of the locations we’ll be using.  

GPS MAP – This is a map of Atlanta that shows your location and the locations we’ll be using – the hotel and the buildings on GA Tech campus.

GA TECH MAP – This is a link to the interactive GA Tech web-based map.

TWITTER – This is a direct link to the HAPS 2016 twitter feed.  If you want to be public, you can set up the Activity Feed to cross post to Twitter and lots of other social media. #haps2016 #HAPS2016

HAPS WEBSITE – This is a link to the HAPS website.




No smartphone or tablet?  Use the web version of the app!

The 2016 HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Award!

The Human Anatomy and Physiology Society and Thieme Publishers are excited to announce that Professor Mary Tracy-Bee is the winner of the 2016 HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Award.

Meet Mary Tracy-Bee, this year's winner of the 2016 HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Award!
Meet Mary Tracy-Bee, this year’s winner of the 2016 HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Award!

HAPS is all about teaching A&P, and we continually work together to make our own teaching better and to help others.  Throughout the academic year, the HAPS-L discussion group is buzzing with information, and at the Annual Conference we get to share using posters, workshops, Synapse! presentations, and Update Speakers.  Of course, we also share over meals, at social events, and we leap at pretty much any opportunity to chat.

Two years ago, HAPS and Thieme got together to provide the largest award given by HAPS. This award represents a partnership between HAPS and Thieme, both of whom are dedicated to supporting the best A&P teachers in the world. Establishing this award was a way of recognizing some of the amazing educators in HAPS.  Each year colleagues of nominate each other for this award, and each year a committee of distinguished HAPS members go through the agonizing process of narrowing the field and choosing a winner.  

The award includes funds to attend the HAPS Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, May 21-25, 2016 as well as complimentary registration.  In keeping with the philosophy of the HAPS Annual Conference, Mary will share her expertise by giving the HAPS-Thieme Excellence in Teaching Workshop.

The 2016 winner, Mary Tracy-Bee, is a Professor of Anatomy at University of Detroit Mercy where she has been teaching anatomy to graduate students as well as undergraduate biology students since 1999.  She has also served as an adjunct professor at Oakland University and Wayne State University where she has taught medical students, other graduate health professional students and many undergraduate pre-professional students.  Mary holds appointments at three hospitals where she reviews anatomy with residents from many programs including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, GI, ENT, OBGYN, OMM and neurology.

As might  be expected, Mary has earned 24 other teaching and research awards including the Teaching Excellence Award from Oakland University and Educator of the Year from Wayne State University Physician Assistant Program.

Mary has published three anatomy texts and workbooks as well as e-books and many journal articles.  Her research involves engaging students in interactive anatomy education and investigating age related changes in the morphology of the common carotid artery.  

When not engaged in excellent teaching, Mary enjoys traveling, yoga, tennis, training for triathlons and spending time with her three children and extended family.

Come to Mary’s workshop at the Annual Conference in Atlanta this month and learn more from this inspired educator!  Here workshop is entitled “Best Practices for Teaching Effectiveness, Student Inspiration and Classroom Joy!” and will be at 8:30am on Wednesday, May 25, in room IC 103.  For more information, read on:

As experienced educators, we have learned first hand the importance of creating a teaching style that engages our students. Gone are the days of the classroom where facts were simply stated. Now is the time where we aim to inspire and teach critical thinking and compassion. Many of us accomplish this through service learning, peer-feedback, educational games and crafts, Thieme atlases, and discussing clinical vignettes. This presentation will focus on activities that help form inspired, smart students who want to be in our classroom. Come to hear about some tried-and-true activities and be prepared to share some of your own.