By Mandi Enger
Welcoming a national audience of college and university faculty, Nevada State College (NSC) was proud to co-host the 27th Annual Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) Conference. Workshops promoting excellence in teaching anatomy and physiology were held on campus May 28-29 in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Dawson buildings.
Over 575 professors from across the country participated in the event, setting an attendance record for the conference. The complete HAPS conference took place May 25-30 with seminars held at The Mirage Hotel.
It was a pleasure for Nevada State College to be able to provide space and resources for the HAPS organization and conference participants, said Kebret Kebede, associate professor at NSC and HAPS 2013 Annual Conference Coordinator. The conference was a great opportunity for NSC to share its vision of teaching excellence with faculty from around the country.
Led by HAPS presenters, the workshop courses focused on the discovery of new classroom technologies and improving instructional skills. Attendees had the opportunity to utilize the NSC cadaver lab, containing two SynDavers (synthetic cadavers) and two cadavers, computer labs equipped with touchscreen monitors, and classrooms containing SMART board interactive whiteboard systems.
An active member of HAPS, Kebede has attended the instructional conference each year since 2005 and was instrumental in bringing the 27th annual conference workshops to NSC. The host institution application process began in 2011.
Once the application was approved, I had the opportunity to attend the 2012 national conference and present the official invitation to the HAPS committee for the 2013 event, added Kebede. The HAPS planning team and staff at NSC including: Cindy Stella, academic coordinator; Brandi Robinson, events coordinator; Imad Mehanna and his team in Facilities, truly made both the conference and the workshops a wonderful learning opportunity for all attendees.
Kebede received his M.D. from Aristotle University in Greece and has practiced medicine both in Europe and in the United States. An active scholar, Kebede has presented his work at the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society and several other medical and surgical societies.