Benos Early Career Prof. Service Award

2018 Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Awardee

Patricia Halpin, Ph.D.
University of New Hampshire

Dr. Patricia Halpin has been a leader in science outreach for the past decade. Dr. Halpin’s efforts have focused on reaching students of refugee and immigrant families in her community in Manchester, NH. Along with planning outreach events herself, Dr. Halpin has engaged several undergraduate students and APS members to plan their own outreach events.

Service to Community
Dr. Halpin has been planning Physiology Understanding Week (PhUn Week) activities for middle and high school students from refugee and immigrant families in her community since 2011. She has also brought PhUn Week to primary schools in Victoria, Australia. She regularly participates in the Women in Science and Technology forum at her university, giving talks to encourage high school girls to pursue biology careers.

In addition to her personal involvement in outreach, Dr. Halpin has engaged undergraduates in various events throughout the community. She recruits undergraduate teaching assistants and created a STEM ambassadors program at her university in which female undergraduate science majors mentor high school girls. In addition, twenty seven of her students have worked together to create sixteen videos for the APS Video Contest Function Follows Form.

Service to the APS
Dr. Halpin served on the APS Education Committee from 2014 to 2017 and is currently a member of the Teaching Section Steering Committee and liaison to the Education Committee. Dr. Halpin serves on the planning committee for the APS Institute for Teaching and Learning. At Experimental Biology, Dr. Halpin has presented posters on PhUn week, planned a networking session for educators, and lead workshops for high school students. Dr. Halpin is a reviewer for Advances in Physiology Education and APS Minority Outreach Fellowship applications. She also coordinates PhUn week blog posts for the Life Science Teaching Resource Community (LifeSciTRC) and posts on the Advances in Physiology Education Facebook page.

Currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Dr. Halpin has already established herself as a leader in professional service. The APS Trainee Advisory Committee is honored to present the 2018 Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award to Dr. Halpin and looks forward to see what she will accomplish in the future.

APS congratulates Dr. Patricia Halpin on this well-deserved recognition.