TJC to host Human Anatomy & Physiology Society conference

TJC has been selected as the host site for Saturday’s regional conference of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society.

“HAPS is a national society of more than 1,700 educators from high schools, two- and four-year colleges, universities, and private businesses in the United States, Canada and throughout the rest of the world,” said Dr. Betsy Ott, TJC biology professor and recent past president of the organization.

Ott has been a professor at TJC since 1982, teaching anatomy and physiology, general biology for non-science majors, and biology for majors.

In addition to her term last year as HAPS president, Ott was also named an honorary member of the National Association of Biology Teachers, the group’s highest honor.

More than 75 HAPS members are expected to attend Saturday’s conference, from the southern region including east and central Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Meetings and workshops will be held in the newly renovated Anatomy & Physiology labs in the Pirtle Technology building on the TJC main campus. Exhibitors will be on hand from textbook, teaching and technology companies, along with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Workshops will range from content updates to innovations in teaching techniques and technology. At the end of the day, participants will be given a tour of the state-of-the-art simulation labs in TJC’s Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center.

Conference speakers will include:
• Dr. Michael Beckstead, a neuroscientist and professor from UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, who will discuss Parkinson’s disease; and
• Dr. Lane Brunner, the dean of UT Tyler’s Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, who will discuss using team-based learning

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