HAPS 2021 Conference Day 4

It’s the last day of the 2021 conference and the canine HAPSters made a final appearance. The morning began with a General Membership Meeting that included a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came together to support the HAPS Conference. 

During the General Membership meeting, the locations of upcoming September and November Regional meetings were announced. The 2022 Annual Conference will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. HAPS announced new partnerships with ADInstruments and Cengage. Chastity O’Malley announced the Conference Award Winners: Amanda Haage, Sandra Hutchinson, Robin Wright, and Larry Young. Congratulations! Kyla Ross was introduced as the upcoming HAPS President.

After a morning workshop session, attendees visited Affinity Groups. Groups discussed topics such as inclusivity in anatomy and respect for anatomical donors. We then heard from our final Update Speaker, Albert Chi, who presented “Necessity as the Mother of Invention: Innovation and Health Challenges from COVID-19 to Bionic Arms”. There were a few technical issues at the beginning, but again with a group of awesome HAPSters coming together, we were able to troubleshoot and successfully livestream the talk. The presentation was followed by a final poster session, workshop session, and chance to meet with exhibitors. Krista Rompolski gave a popular and informative presentation about weight stigma.

The conference ended with a Social event in the Main Hall. HAPSters formed chat huddles and said their goodbyes. It was generally agreed upon that the 2022 conference would be a great reunion.

HAPS 2021 Conference Day 3

Day 3 of the HAPS 2021 Conference has come to an end. Wendy started the Main Hall Welcome by acknowledging some canine attendees. Congrats to Dexter for getting his Dogtorate for participating and to Oliver who is teaching his rubber chicken about all he learned!

The day’s events began with Synapse, a popular favorite amongst HAPSters. Burhan Gharaibeh, Marisol Lopez, Meaghan MacNutt, Jill Kirby, Heather Billings, Juno Farnsworth, and Kebret Kebde all presented fantastic talks within their time limit! Great job presenters! Following a workshop session, HAPS held a fun lunchtime event: Meet Your Regional Director. Check out this group of Central Region HAPSters!

In the afternoon we heard from our 5th Update Speaker: Melissa Caroll who discussed “Representation and Anatomical Diversity”. Caroll is the founder of Black in Anatomy https://t.co/fgj4I1lYvk?amp=1 

Today HAPSters visited three more workshop sessions and our third poster session. The evening ended with Exhibitor focus groups. We were reminded to meet with exhibitors and ask for letters to the Word Scramble! Don’t forget! The winner of the Word Scramble contest will receive free registration to the 2022 conference.

HAPS 2021 Conference Schedule of Events

The HAPS Annual Conference is one of the best parts of being a HAPS member. Every year we get to meet up, exchange ideas, learn from each other, and have a ton of fun. HAPS is hosting its annual conference online for all members! This is the first in a series of blogs that will keep you up to date on the week’s events. We can’t wait to see you!!

Schedule of Events

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 23 to 26 – Update Speakers

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 23 – 26 3:35 – 4:35 PM EDT – Poster Sessions
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 23 – 26 3:35 – 4:35 PM EDT – Exhibitor Demonstrations

Sunday, May 23 5:30 to 6:30 PM EDT – Welcome Reception hosted by ADInstruments

Monday, May 24 12:35 – 1:40 PM EDT – Committee Meetings

Tuesday, May 25 12:35 – 1:40 PM EDT Meet Your Regional Director

Wednesday, May 26 10:30 to 11:40 PM EDT – General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, May 26 5:30 to 7:00 PM EDT – Social

2 – 3 Workshop Sessions each day throughout conference

Check full schedule for more details: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.hapsweb.org/resource/resmgr/haps2021/2021-scheduleofevents.pdf



Follow the HAPS Social Channels!

Use the HAPS Hashtag: #HAPS2021


Facebook Group:

  • Respond to a daily question in the Facebook group about teaching and learning using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Ask a question about the daily workshops or any A&P questions using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS membership is valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS conferences are valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • “Gold stars” for points or comments using videos and photos!
  • Tag HAPSofficial in your posts

Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS2021


Twitter:

  • Live Twitter chats on update speakers at 8:00 PM EDT May 23rd-26th
    #HAPS2021Chat
    – Follow the HAPS twitter account
    – Login around 8:00 PM EDT and search #HAPS2021Chat
    – We’ll be posting questions and discussing the recorded update speakers talks each day. Come post your thoughts!
  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS membership is valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS conference are valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Search for #HAPS2021 and comment on other members’ posts
  • Tag @HumanAandPSoc

Instagram:

  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS membership is valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS conferences are valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Search for #HAPS2021 and comment on other members’ posts
  • Tag @humananatomyphysiologysociety in your posts

LinkedIn Group:

  • Respond to a daily question in the LinkedIn group regarding higher education leadership using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Ask a question about the daily workshops or any A&P questions using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • “Gold stars” for points or comments using videos or photos
  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS2021

Facebook Page:

  • Respond to a daily question on the Facebook page about teaching and learning using the hashtag #HAPS2021
  • Comment on posts on the Facebook page
  • Tag HAPSofficial in your posts
  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS 2021

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Upcoming deadline: HAPS Awards

This post is from Chasity O’Malley, Chair of the Awards and Scholarships Committee

Hey there HAPSters!!! I hope you are doing well, heading back into the new term refreshed and ready to tackle whatever challenges come your way this year. As you’re planning out your January, I would like to call your attention to an important date: Monday January 11th. This is the date that the awards applications are due for the 2021 Annual Conference which is virtual this year. There are several award options (briefly described below- make sure to visit the weblinks for complete details on who is eligible and what is required). I’m sure you’ll find you can fit into one of them and I highly encourage you to apply! Please keep in mind that you need to be HAPS members in good standing at the time of application and at the time of the HAPS Annual Conference (like all the cool kids are!).

  • The Sam Drogo Technology In The Classroom Award
    • Applicants should use technology in the classroom and be able to elaborate on how
    • Award is $1500 to attend the Annual meeting of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.  One award is available, sponsored by ADInstruments.
  • Gail Jenkins Teaching And Mentoring Award
    • Applicants should focus on active learning in the classroom and elaborate on how
    • Award is a cash award of $1,000. Annual HAPS Conference registration fee is waived. One award is available, sponsored by Wiley.
  • John Martin Second Timer Award
    • Applicants are HAPS members attending their second HAPS Annual Conference
    • Award is a cash award of $500 to help fund attendance at HAPS Annual Conference. One award is available.
  • The HAPS Conference Award
    • Nearly anyone who a is HAPS member can apply
    • Award is for the registration fee for the 2021 Annual Conference, multiple awards are available.

I hope this gentle nudge reminds you to get those applications in!

HAPS 2020 Virtual Conference Days 4-6

We are now mid-way through the HAPS 2020 Virtual Conference.

Friday brought us together with a welcome party hosted by McGraw Hill. We got the chance to meet some new HAPSters and catch up with old friends. In a large web call like this, sometimes it is difficult to be heard, but Mark Nielson called on people by name to give updates so everyone had a chance to speak. We discussed how universities are handling the current situation, provided suggestions for fellow HAPSters, and congratulated Melissa Quinn on her recent award.  And of course, poor Bill Perrotti was subject to a few jokes, but he was a good sport about it. All attendees agreed it was a very “HAPSy” event. A big thank you from all of us to Valerie Kramer for hosting the event.

On Saturday and Sunday we learned from our exhibitors. Overall, there was a focus on utilizing the different products for online/distance learning. One of the biggest challenges with the remote setting is balancing life and meetings. A primary concern from HAPSters was how the online tools ensured accessibility, which underscores a dedication to diversity and inclusion. Peter informed us on Friday that session recordings will get posted to the HAPS website.

Today we will meet again for the Membership Extravaganza and breakout sessions with your regional directors. See you soon!

HAPS 2020 Virtual Conference Days 2-3

We have now heard from our third and fourth update speakers, Barbara Vanderhyden and Nadia Abu-Zahra.

On Wendesday Dr. Vanderhyden, a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist in the Cancer Therapeutics Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, presented “Going Back in Time: Can We Reverse the Effects of Age and Other Risk Factors on Ovarian Cancer Incidence?”. Dr. Vanderhyden showed us how ovarian cancer may arise from the fimbriae of uterine tubes and how risk decreases with parity, hormonal birth control methods, and breastfeeding. She explained this phenomenon is likely due to reduced ovulation. She also discussed how use of Metformin, a drug used to treat type II diabetes, is associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer due to its anti-fibrotic properties.

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On Thursday Dr. Abu-Zahra, an Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, presented “Inclusive Education.  Ways in Which We Learn and the Development of Strategies to Promote Engagement and Inclusion”. Dr. Abu-Zahra discussed how online teaching is changing the way we think about education. She told us education is about more than transferring information. It also encompasses community building. She provided examples of internal motivation and discussed “ungrading” and accountability. The following #HAPS2020Chat focused on methods for building community in classes.

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In the evening, the exam program chairs hosted a town hall event in which they discussed the HAPS exam in a new normal going forward.

Catch up with us this evening at the Welcome Reception hosted by McGraw-Hill! This will be a chance to check in with friends old and new as we toast one another and learn a little more about just how HAPSy we can be in this remote social. Check your email for event links. BYOB!

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HAPS 2020 Virtual Conference Day 1

Day one of the 2020 Virtual Conference is complete! Today we heard from two of our update speakers: Anne Burrows and Peter Ward.

Dr. Burrows, a biological anthropologist at Duquesne University, presented a fascinating seminar called “Making Our Face – The Evolutionary Story of the Human Face”. She discussed facial recognition in the brain, thereby explaining how we see faces in potato chips. During the social media discussions in the evening, HAPSters decided this talk was very relevant to online teaching and video conferencing lectures.

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Dr. Ward, from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, presented a captivating talk called “Pushing the Boundaries of Clinical Anatomy”. Dr. Ward challenged the concept of “normal anatomy” and suggested teaching variation as the norm. Later HAPSters questioned whether click-bait headlines about “new” organs could be used to teach science literacy.

fabella Fabella – A sesamoid bone Dr. Ward informed us forms in the tendon of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius that is sometimes mistaken for a fracture.

Anthony Edwards has begun the online discussion this morning by asking, “What’s your favorite part about teaching A&P?” #HAPS2020  Follow the hashtag to respond on LinkedIn.

HAPS Online Silent Auction – Hosted by the Fundraising Committee

Although we will not be able to meet in person at the HAPS 2020 Annual Conference, the Fundraising Committee has created a fun way HAPSters can still participate!

The Fundraising Committee is hosting an online silent auction event and we need your help! If you’d like to donate an item, please complete this form. Items can be donated until May 29th at 5:00 PM EDT. Please note any shipping fees incurred will be the responsibility of the donor, so we are encouraging electronic items (such as e-gift certificates, digital media items, etc.) to be donated. Donated items do not have to be HAPS related.

All items will be uploaded to an online platform and an email will be sent out to the HAPS membership with the link to the auction. You will need to create an account if you’d like to bid on an item.

Online bidding will begin on June 1 at 8:00 AM EDT and close on June 8 at 5:00 PM EDT. Winners will be contacted once the auction ends.

We look forward to seeing what great items are donated!

HAPS 2020 Virtual Conference

The HAPS Annual Conference is one of the best parts of being a HAPS member. Every year we get to meet up, exchange ideas, learn from each other, and have a ton of fun. Even though we will not meet in person this year, HAPS is still hosting its annual conference online for all members! This is the first of a series of blogs that will fill you in on the virtual conference happenings.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 19 to 21 – Update Speakers
Thursday, May 21 4:00 PM EDT – HAPS Exam Program Town Hall
Friday, May 22 8:00 to 8:00 PM EDT – Welcome Reception hosted by McGraw-Hill
Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 – Exhibitor Demonstrations
Tuesday, May 26 12:00 to 1:00 PM EDT – General Membership Extravaganza
Tuesday, May 26 1:00 – 1:30 PM EDT – Regional Breakout Groups
Wednesday, May 27 4:00 to 5:00 PM EDT – After Party Town Hall


Follow the HAPS Social Channels!

Use the HAPS Hashtag: #HAPS2020


Facebook Group:

  • Respond to a daily question in the Facebook group about teaching and learning using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Ask a question about the daily workshops or any A&P questions using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS membership is valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS conferences are valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • “Extra points” for points or comments using videos and photos!
  • Tag HAPSofficial in your posts

Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS2020


Twitter:

  • Live Twitter chats on update speakers at 8:00 PM EDT May 19th-21st
    #HAPS2020Chat
    – Follow the HAPS twitter account
    – Login around 8:00 PM EDT and search #HAPS2020Chat
    – We’ll be posting questions and discussing the recorded update speakers talks each day. Come post your thoughts!
  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS membership is valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS conference are valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Search for #HAPS2020 and comment on other members’ posts
  • Tag @HumanAandPSoc

Instagram:

  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS membership is valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Post a video explaining why you think HAPS conferences are valuable using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Search for #HAPS2020 and comment on other members’ posts
  • Tag @humananatomyphysiologysociety in your posts

LinkedIn Group:

  • Respond to a daily question in the LinkedIn group regarding higher education leadership using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Ask a question about the daily workshops or any A&P questions using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • “Extra points” for points or comments using videos or photos
  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS2020

Facebook Page:

  • Respond to a daily question on the Facebook page about teaching and learning using the hashtag #HAPS2020
  • Comment on posts on the Facebook page
  • Tag HAPSofficial in your posts
  • Post a photo or video of yourself watching the sessions or your screen using the hashtag #HAPS 2020

First Timer Experiences at The HAPS 2019 Conference

A note from Blog Master, Ann Raddant:
This post wraps up our series of posts looking back at the 2019 Annual Conference. If you missed any of the earlier posts, be sure to go back and give them a read. It’s almost like being back in Portland! Thanks again to all of the authors who contributed a post in this series: Meghan Moran, Bridgit Goldman, Andrew Russo, and the authors for the current post, Kevin Flaherty and Valerie Kramer. This post offers a glimpse into the first-timer experience from two participants. If you’ve never been to a HAPS meeting, I hope this post inspired you to make it happen to 2020!

HAPS member, Kevin Flaherty:
Like many of you, what I did on my summer vacation was to attend the annual HAPS meeting in Portland, OR. This was my first experience of a HAPS meeting, and what follows is my first timer’s experience of the event.

I loved it. My experience at HAPS provided me with several unique experiences that I want to bring into the other societies I belong to. One of the first unique experiences of HAPS was that I already had an idea of how the meeting worked and what the culture was like because of the A&P Professor podcast, which is sponsored by HAPS. The podcast’s host, Kevin Patton, did an episode specifically about the HAPS conference, which I found really helpful as I was preparing to go.

Another unique aspect of the HAPS meeting is the first timer breakfast. First-time attendees not only get a free meal, they also get to meet many senior members of HAPS, including the former presidents of the organization. Each table has a senior HAPS member stationed at it so that in addition to getting to meet other people who are attending the meeting for the first time, you also get to meet folks who have been around the academic block.

The Thursday talks were fascinating. I volunteered to be a Twitter correspondent for HAPS, and I found it to be a neat way to involve myself. The first talk I attended was Meghan Moran’s discussion of the relationship between the microbiome and bone. While I don’t want to recapitulate the talks here (my Twitter feed @kvflaherty has blow-by-blow accounts of all the talks I went to), I will say that this talk included my favorite line of the conference, when Dr. Moran lost her train of thought and said, “I forgot what I was going to say…it was really good though.”

On Saturday, I got my chance to contribute to the meeting. My former student, Ben Karger, and I have been researching the utility of virtual reality in anatomy education, so we hosted a workshop on VR and how it might be used in an anatomy classroom. I came away from the workshop feeling good about the level of interest in my research and excited to provide updates as my research continues.  

These moments were the ones that I really felt made HAPS for me. Every time I entered a room full of people, I instantly met people that I felt very comfortable conversing with.  Everything is easy-breezy at HAPS, even for us introverts. I’m not sure what happens behind the scenes to produce this sort of culture, but the product is a meeting that feels very welcoming.

McGraw Hill A&P Marketing Manager, Valerie Kramer:
While planning for the 2019 HAPS Conference, I knew there would be a lot to learn, presentations to give, and an exciting opportunity to meet new people and customers. What I didn’t know is that I’d leave with a conference experience like none I have experienced before. I didn’t just leave with business cards and a to-do list, I left with new friends and even more respect for those in the HAPS organization and the incredible instructors the organization serves.

 As a marketing manager for McGraw-Hill, I am responsible for hearing the needs of instructors and sharing those with our product team, then working with the product team to create the solutions instructors need for a successful experience in their course. Along with that important duty, which I believe is the most important, I get to spread the word about McGraw-Hill’s solutions in various ways, including email campaigns, on-campus relationships and presentations, and conferences like HAPS. Although marketing and conferences are not new to me, higher education has only been my work home for about two years and I’m absolutely in love. I began working with microbiology and nutrition, and recently moved into the best discipline—A&P! (Shhh… Don’t tell microbiology and nutrition instructors. They are pretty fabulous too.)

All this said, the HAPS Conference is not like any other trade show or conference, it’s unique. Why? Attendees WANT to be there! It’s a special time for instructors to bond and share similar stories and challenges. It’s a place where they can relax, laugh, and have fun in the comfort of those that share the same experiences! It’s a breath of fresh air as instructors finish their spring semesters and get re-energized for the coming year. It’s a place where learning happens and ideas flourish. A meeting of the minds I like to say, but most of all what I experienced was that HAPS is built on friends that motivate and inspire one other for the success of something bigger—their students and the future generations of educators, nurses and citizens.

Can’t wait to see the passionate instructors and meet new faces at the 2020 HAPS in Canada!


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Kevin Flaherty is a visiting assistant professor teaching anatomy and neuroanatomy in the Biology Department at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. He received his PhD in Anthropology from Penn State in 2018. His primary research interests are craniofacial development, particularly developmental disorders such as craniosynostosis, and the use of 3D visualization technology in anatomy education. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing video and board games, playing fantasy football, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

 

VKramer_headshot_smallValerie Kramer is the Anatomy & Physiology Marketing Manager for McGraw-Hill. With a passion for education and the life sciences, she is responsible for assisting in the development of and bringing to market innovative tools to help instructors and students succeed in the Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Anatomy and Physiology courses of higher education. At McGraw-Hill, she shares insights on the pulse of Anatomy & Physiology through her ‘Succeed in A&P’ podcast and recently helped bring the new interface of Anatomy & Physiology Revealed (APR) and Connect® Virtual Labs products to market.

Outside the office, she is committed to her local community and family as a volunteer for Dubuque Main Street, a development non-profit. She also enjoys fitness, traveling, and spending time with her husband and goldendoodle.