Gannon University Biology Professor Receives HAPS Grant
Posted: March 6, 2015
Mary Vagula, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Gannon
University, has received a grant from the Human Anatomy and
Physiology Society (HAPS), which will fund the purchase of pulse
oxymeters, small devices that measure the oxygen content of blood
and other vital signs.
Vagula will use the devices in experiments she is designing to
measure oxygen saturation of blood, blood pressure and heart rate
in simulated underwater diving scenarios. Gannon University
physiology students will simulate the effects of diving and measure
responses using the oxymeters. In the future, the equipment can be
used in studies on the effects of sleep apnea and asthma.
Vagula serves on the curriculum and instruction, animal use and
safety committees of HAPS, which promotes excellence in teaching of
anatomy and physiology and has over 1,700 members from secondary
and post-secondary education, and businesses worldwide.
At the Society's 2014 annual conference, Vagula presented two
posters, "Mapping the incidence pattern of some ailments and
autoimmune disease among young adults from PA, USA using GIS" and
"Innovations in instructional technology to enhance learning
experiences of upper level biology students." The former presented
the incidence pattern of six conditions (myopia, asthma, hyperopia,
depression, acid reflux disease and eczema) in young adults living
in Erie, Pa., while the latter reported the effectiveness of
instructional technology in student engagement and learning of an
upper level physiology course.
"I'm very happy to receive this grant and I feel it is an honor
to purchase equipment for teaching physiology," Vagula said. "I've
been involved in using technology for these laboratories, but
mostly software tools, so this is a wonderful opportunity to expand