Member Spotlight: Judi L. Nath
TAA member Judi L. Nath is a Professor of Biology and Writer-in-Residence at Lourdes University and a textbook author in the anatomy, anatomy & physiology, and medical terminology writing discipline.
Her most recent publications are A Short Course in Medical Terminology and Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology. She is a published author or co-author of 9 different textbooks covering the areas of anatomy, anatomy & physiology, and medical terminology. Here’s an accounting: Human Anatomy (9e), Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology (11e), Visual Anatomy & Physiology (3e), Anatomy & Physiology (2e), Visual Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (1e), Using Medical Terminology (2e), A Short Course in Medical Terminology (4e), Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology (3e), and Stedman’s Medical Terminology (2e).
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the 10th edition of Human Anatomy. However, ideas are always percolating for future editions or new books!
Share a recent accomplishment.
I was recently elected to the board of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS). My term as HAPS President begins July 1, 2018.
What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
My favorite strategy revolves around taking breaks. Much has been written by many professional writers regarding tips such as carving out time to write in chunks, creating a space devoted to your endeavor, and managing your time. While I do follow these tips, one strategy that I consistently use is taking breaks from writing. By breaks, I’m referring to hourly breaks to get up from the computer and do something physical. I always shut down at least 3 hours before bedtime to ensure that my brain has plenty of time to unwind, secrete melatonin, and prepare for a good night’s rest. I also make sure that one full day per week is spent not working and all scheduled vacations are work-free. Staying constantly connected to our digital devices is simply not healthy for the body or the mind.
What is your best TAA experience so far?
I don’t have just one best experience. That is, there are many experiences ranging from webinars and blogs to resources and networking. Because TAA remains current with industry trends and stays up-to-date with what authors need, I am always pleasantly surprised by the new resources. I put these in the category of “stuff I didn’t know I needed, but sure am glad I know about it now.” Thanks, TAA!