Using SARS-CoV-2 to Teach Physiology and Science
The sudden appearance of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the global pandemic of COVID-19 provide us a unique opportunity to show students science in action as researchers and healthcare professionals around the world scramble to understand the virus and its effects on the human body. In this presentation, we explore some of the ways that we can incorporate today’s headlines into the curriculum by discussing the pathophysiology and pathology of SARS-CoV-2 infection and how it demonstrates the integration of body function across multiple organ systems.
About the speaker:
Dee Silverthorn, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita of Physiology,
The University of Texas at Austin
Dee Silverthorn has been teaching physiology at the University of Texas-Austin for more than 30 years. She spent most of her career using active learning in interactive classrooms, with students ranging from non-majors to preprofessional, graduate students, and medical students.
Her talk for this series is partly based on a non-majors course in human health and disease that she is teaching this spring. Dee is a member and past president of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) as well as a member of the American Physiological Society (APS) and the American Association for Anatomy (AAA). She is a Fellow of the APS, of the AAA, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).