Patricia Halpin

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences & Biotechnology

Biological Sciences, A.S.
Biological Sciences, B.A.
Biotechnology, B.S.
UNH Manchester
Office 555
Phone: 
603-641-4140

Profile

Dr. Patricia A. Halpin is a popular and respected teacher with both science and non-science majors. “Dr. Halpin is a phenomenal professor who is enthusiastic about the subject matter,” commented one student. “Best class and teacher I have ever had & I'm not exaggerating!” wrote another.

After receiving her BS in Biology from Old Dominion University she worked as a research technician at Harvard Medical School and then at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before pursuing her graduate degree. Dr. Halpin began teaching at UNH Manchester as an adjunct in 1999 and is now an Assistant Professor. She teaches seven different classes: Cell Biology, Animal Physiology, Diseases of the 21st Century, Biotechnology & Society, Endocrinology and Principles of Biology I, II. Dr. Halpin is a valued colleague and “ has been an important part of the Biology Program since she arrived,” noted Stephen Pugh, Program Director.

Dr. Halpin's teaching style and use of technology in the classroom have enhanced the delivery of the college's science curriculum. She developed blended and online courses, the first courses of this type offered by the college, and currently uses Twitter in two of her courses. She supported the department's successful application for a grant to purchase software licenses to develop simulation exercises for several courses' laboratories.

Dr. Halpin was the recipient of the 2006 Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award. Dr. Halpin is the recipient of a number of fellowships and research grants and the author of numerous articles. Beyond teaching at UNH Manchester, she performs STEM outreach, PhUn (Physiology Understanding) week, to elementary school students in NH and in Melbourne Australia. She also teaches laboratory activities as part of the summer EXCELL program with middle and high school ESOL students. She joined UNH Manchester after completing a National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School.

Courses

  • Principles of Biology I, II
  • Animal Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Diseases of the 21st Century
  • Biotechnology & Society
  • Global Science Explorations

  • Medical Terminology

Interests

  • STEM outreach

Affiliations

  • American Physiological Society

  • Education Committee American Physiological Society

  • Teaching Section Steering Committee

  • American Physiological Society Teaching Section Liaison to Education Committee National Association of Biology Teachers

Awards​

  • APS Teaching of Physiology Section New Investigator Award, 2017

  • Presidents' Good Steward Award, Campus Compact for New Hampshire, 2016

  • Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award, UNH Manchester, 2006

Grants

  • UNH Advance Visiting Womens' Scholars Grant (National Science Foundation)

Publications

Halpin PA. and Landon J. The Art and Practice of Gratitude: Practicing An Overlooked Skill to Help Undergraduate Biology Students Become Successful Professionals. Adv Physiol Educ 39: 125–127, 2015; doi:10.1152/advan.00023.2015.

Using Twitter in a Nonscience Major Science Class Increases Students' Use of Reputable Science Sources in Class Discussions. Halpin, Patricia A.. Journal of College Science Teaching , Jul/Aug2016, Vol. 45 Issue 6,

Halpin PA. (2017). Performing International Outreach: PhUn Week in an Australian Primary School. Advances in Physiology Education 41: 25-28. DOI:10.1152/advan.00153.2016

Halpin PA, Tavares S, and Sabin M (2016). An Interdisciplinary Approach Combines Physiology, Engineering, and Computer Science to Increase Awareness of STEM Professions among Middle School Students. FASEB J, 30:553.6

Halpin, PA (2016). A PhUn week Incursion in Australia Teaches 3-4 and 5-6 Graders Exercise Physiology.  FASEB J, 30:553.2

Cliff W, Hull K, Blatch S, Halpin PA and Beason B. (2015) Core Competencies in Animal Physiology. FASEB J, 29:541.32

Education

  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Physiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • B.S. Biology, Dominion University

Speakers Bureau

Speaking topics
  • “Too Busy to be Healthy. Join the Club”