Biology Professor Patricia Halpin Receives 2017 New Investigator Award

Biology Professor Patricia Halpin Receives 2017 New Investigator Award

by Kassidy Taylor

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Assistant Professor Patricia Halpin, right, receiving the 2017 New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society

Patricia Halpin, right, receiving the 2017 New Investigator Award at the Experimental Biology conference in Chicago.

The American Physiological Society (APS) has recognized Patricia Halpin, assistant professor of biological sciences and biotechnology, with the 2017 New Investigator Award. Presented each year at APS’ Experimental Biology conference, the New Investigator Award recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the teaching of physiology.

Halpin received the award for her scholarship above and beyond journal publications, including exploring teaching as a research field in areas like social media, outreach and the integration of behavioral aspects. In addition to citing her research as holding “much promise for future development,” the award committee also commended Halpin’s unique approaches to teaching which, most importantly, “impact a broad range of learners.” Halpin's use of technology in the classroom has enhanced the delivery of UNH Manchester’s science curriculum, integrating blended and online elements as well as utilizing social media platforms like Twitter. 

Halpin received the New Investigator Award at Experimental Biology 2017, which brings together more than 14,000 scientists from six societies for lectures, workshops and presentations on the latest research impacting the life sciences. At this year’s event, held in Chicago, Halpin presented two posters on her research of teaching, learning and testing in the biological and biomedical sciences. She also chaired a symposium for the “Teaching of Physiology” section of the event.

Halpin has contributed not just to the field of teaching physiology, but also to UNH Manchester’s campus community, earning her the Presidents’ Good Steward Award in 2016 and the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.

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