Physiology Insights
Designing an experiment on habitat preferencesFellows observe mealworm behaviorsFellows take a break from data analysisRita Hoots presents her experimental findings

About the Program
Physiology Insights was launched in 1996 as a collaborative effort by The American Physiological Society (APS), the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS), and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). The goals of the program were to:

  • Create ongoing working relationships between research scientists and faculty at 2- and 4-year colleges through research and workshop experiences and computer and video networks, and
  • Promote the adoption of national reforms for undergraduate content and pedagogical techniques among undergraduate faculty through curricular materials and in-service activities developed collaboratively by faculty and researchers.

The original program included both faculty development workshops and summer research fellowships. The research fellowships were especially targeted toward undergraduate faculty at 2- and 4-year colleges who were teaching physiology but did not have a background in physiology.

Between 1996 and 1999, a limited number of research fellowships were awarded to allow these faculty members to conduct research collaboratively in the laboratory of an APS member. Fellows also attended either a retreat on effective pedagogy or the annual HAPS meeting. Fellows developed a new laboratory lesson for use with their own students and to share with other faculty (see Project Resources at left).
The second component of the Insights program was faculty development workshops. Several workshop models were tested, including independent workshops lasting 3-4 days, workshops held in conjunction with education and research meetings, and 1-2 day workshops focusing primarily on online resources (See Project Activities at left).

Program Support:

  • American Physiological Society
  • National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (NSF grant # 9653425)
  • National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK Grant # DK 39306)


Physiology Insights Final Report

This report provides an overview of the project including program activities and evaluation results.

Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS)

The mission of HAPS is to promote excellence in the teaching of anatomy and physiology.

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

NABT is the leader in life science education with membership of more than 9,000 educators who share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe, keep up with trends and developments in the field, and grow professionally