Two New Favorite Podcasts

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A while back I wrote about my top 10 favorite podcasts. I’d like to add two new podcasts to the list.  Period PodcastFirst, please check out the new Period podcast by “ladybits scientist” Kate Clancy. It’s described as “a podcast where we explore anything and everything to do with the menstrual cycle, most especially the bloody […]

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Liver Lovin’ Notes from AHG 2016

Thank you so much to those of you who joined me for Liver Lovin’ at the AHG Symposium this year! Since I didn’t have my act together to prepare the slides in time for the proceedings, I promised I would share them here.  Enjoy!​Here is a link in case that’s easier to view. Additional Resources​Here is a blog post […]

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On Institutions and “What If?”

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Last week MUIH – my institution – circulated a dress code policy* for our student & faculty clinic that was racist and misogynistic, among other things. When I read it after a friend posted it on social media, I thought it must be satire. “Conservative headwraps to contain and cover dreadlocks are required.” “Cleavage is […]

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Tools & Technology in my Courses

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At the end of last trimester, a student sent me the following question:  One of the things I noticed about this course is that you seem to have a great grasp of different apps and sites for creating content. Somewhere in the back of my head I seem to remember you talking about certain sites […]

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Why I turned off TurnItIn

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Now that the dust has settled after our conversion to the Canvas LMS, I’ve had a bit more time to look around and see where we’ve landed. I’ve been meaning to look into TurnItIn more closely for several months. Although TurnItIn offers a variety of editing and revision options, I am discussing it here as […]

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Required Reading

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On Required ReadingI was scrolling through twitter this evening and came across these two tweets from @Jessifer:My anecdotal experience: the less reading I “require,” the more reading students do.— Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) July 18, 2016 How can we create spaces where “doing the reading” feels intrinsically valuable?— Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) July 18, 2016 I’ve […]

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My Top 10 Favorite Podcasts

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Since having kids, my free time has been somewhat limited. I used to read so much more. I took classes about this and that, just for fun. (Birds of the Eastern Shore with the Audobon Society, anyone? Voluntary Simplicity reading group?)   I know that a time will come when I can do these things again.  For now, […]

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HAPS Conference, part 1

I attended the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society’s annual conference in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I’ve written up a few of the highlights from my conference experience below.  Overall, it was probably the friendliest conference I’ve ever attended. There was a “first timer’s breakfast” to help get to know others, a “first timer” badge […]

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Thoughts on Community

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I’m hoping to loosely partipate in an open course called Collaborative Community: Designing Community Engaged Research through VCU this trimester.  One of the first things we’re asked to do is to create a visual representation of what community means to each of us.  Perhaps because it’s spring, I knew I had to use an image […]

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Exam Review Strategy

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Reading through a listserv for A&P faculty, I came accross a link to this “Great Ideas” newsletter. There are quite a few helpful tidbits in the newsletter, some of them relating to A&P concepts (e.g. microcirculation or tracing neural pathways) and others concerning pedagogy.  One of the ideas, found on p. 15, struck me as absolutely […]

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