We are incredibly proud to sponsor the Sam Drogo Technology in the Classroom Awards, presented each year at the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) conference. The awards are presented to a society member who demonstrates the innovative use of technology to engage undergraduates in Human Anatomy and Physiology.
These awards not only recognize the courage and vision of educators who take risks to innovate in their classrooms, but they also celebrate the life of a friend and passionate physiology educator - Professor Sam Drogo - with whom we worked for many years.
Congratulations to the 2018 Awardees:
Wendy Riggs is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at College of the Redwoods, a two-year community college in Eureka, California. She teaches Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and General Biology to mostly pre-health professions students. She is active on the HAPS email discussion group (list-serv) and has been the HAPS Communications Committee Chair since 2014.
Tom Lehman has been teaching Anatomy & Physiology for almost twenty years at various 2-year colleges. He has had the opportunity to be creative in presenting the material and organizing the labs for great student success. Utilizing a variety of hands-on activities, online resources, and in-class technologies, his students demonstrate comprehension and retention of the material and skills. Having worked in the clinical realm and different levels of academia, Tom tries to make the courses as relatable and applicable as possible.
Murray Jensen teaches Anatomy & Physiology at the University of Minnesota, where he is a faculty member in the College of Biological Sciences. He enjoys working with local high school teachers in the College in the Schools program that allows over 1000 students to take his entry-level course for college credit, while still in high school. Murray is developing a new course titled Human Physiology, Technology, and Medical Devices for engineering students who are interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences. It includes labs that utilize Arduino controller devices and the $35 microcomputer, Raspberry Pi.
The three winners receive up to $500 to attend the Annual meeting of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, and the opportunity to conduct a workshop featuring technology in education innovations during the meeting.
One of our favorite parts of the HAPS conference is hearing about the new ways that technology is changing and advancing physiology education - the creativity of educators never ceases to inspire us.
We are honored to be part of the Sam Drogo Awards and look forward to meeting the 2018 winners in Colombus, Ohio!
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