Dr. Dee Silverthorn discusses how the sudden appearance of the global pandemic of COVID-19 provides 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. This is the third webinar in the 4-part series on how science education has evolved in the face of new challenges.

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. Teaching about the coronavirus pandemic also creates opportunities to have students critically analyze research studies and news reports, and to discuss ethical dilemmas such as the distribution of limited amounts of vaccine or the triage of critically ill patients when lifesaving equipment is limited. One important goal of teaching about the coronavirus pandemic is to have students learn to tolerate ambiguity, and to understand that today’s “facts” are simply our best models of what we know.

Resources

To download a PDF copy of the presentation, click on the “LinkedIn SlideShare” icon located in the bottom-right corner of the slide-viewer. From the SlideShare landing page click the “Download” button to retrieve the file.

Presenters

Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita
Medical Education, 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).

Production Partner

ADInstruments

Established in 1988, ADInstruments develops high performance digital data acquisition and analysis solutions for biomedical research and life science education.

Additional Content From ADInstruments

Fishing for Insights from Single-Lead and Multi-Lead ECG of Live Adult Zebrafish

Fishing for Insights from Single-Lead and Multi-Lead ECG of Live Adult Zebrafish

In this webinar, Dr. Thao Nguyen discusses the exciting discoveries that her research team has made, debunks some common myths, and shares best-practices for data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation. Her in vivo studies of adult zebrafish cardiac electrophysiology rely on single-lead and multi-lead surface ECG in live anesthetized adult zebrafish.

Additional Content From Human Anatomy & Physiology Society

Understanding the Peripheral Nervous System

Understanding the Peripheral Nervous System

Mark Nielsen discusses the evolutionary and developmental patterns that clarify the structural organization of the peripheral nervous system. This is the second webinar in a 4-part series on how science education has evolved in the face of new challenges.
How to Future-Proof Your Teaching

How to Future-Proof Your Teaching

Join Dr. Tony Macknight as he discusses how to adapt your teaching techniques to ensure you can teach from anywhere. This is the first webinar in this 4-part series on how science education has evolved in the face of new challenges.

Related Content

Myeloid Cells and Cardiovascular Health

Myeloid Cells and Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Matthias Nahrendorf discusses current concepts of cell supply by the hematopoietic system, highlights open questions, and describes imaging tools for studying monocytes, macrophages and their progenitors.
Engineered T Cells for Cancer

Engineered T Cells for Cancer

Dr. Marcela Maus discusses CAR T Cell research, the components and technologies used in making a T cell product, important considerations for efficacy, and underlying mechanisms of toxicity and resistance.