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"PSL Graduate Student Earns 1st Place Award for Presentation" "PSL Graduate Student Earns 1st Place Award for Presentation"

Jennifer Watts, PSL graduate student on Dr. Ralston's team, was awarded first place for her oral presentation at the The Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) Student Success Conference. Congratulations!

"PSL Graduate Student Awarded NIH-T32 Fellowship" "PSL Graduate Student Awarded NIH-T32 Fellowship"

Congratulations to Meena Sudhakaran, PSL graduate in the Doseff lab, on being awarded a NIH-T32 Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability fellowship.

"Eighth annual "PhUn" Day provides engaging physiology activities and experiments" "Eighth annual "PhUn" Day provides engaging physiology activities and experiments"

Area school children have the opportunity each year to have “PhUn” while learning about the science of the human body at Impression 5 (I5) Science Center in Lansing, Mich., with the help of the Michigan State University Department of Physiology. The event—the 8th annual Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Day—held November 2, attracted an estimated 826 visitors to I5 to participate in engaging activities and experiments.

2019 PhUn Day coordinators
PhUn Day event coordinators and event assistants (L to R): Yvonne Ogrodzinski, Erica Wehrwein and 2019 PSL graduates Maria Green and Kaylie Chiles. Photo courtesy MSU Department of Physiology

PhUn Day co-organizers were Erica Wehrwein, associate professor of physiology, and Yvonne Ogrodzinski, instructional technologist/assistant instructor of physiology. Event assistants and recent MSU physiology alumnae, Kaylie Chiles and Maria Green, helped run a successful event.

“I feel strongly that learning about anatomy and physiology is essential so that every person can understand their own body in both health and illness,” Wehrwein said. “This will help people make better health choices and have improved understanding when they interact with their health care providers. We aim to provide excellent teaching to the community about head-to-toe body function and basic life saving techniques.”

Bronson Foote teaching splinting
 MSU Human Biology undergraduate student, Bronson Foote teaching a PhUn Day attendee how to splint an injured ankle. Photo courtesy of MSU Department of Physiology

 

The 18 stations at this year’s event were designed to teach a wide variety of physiological principles, including cardiac function, vision and digestion. This year, two new stations were added—Dissection Junction and Staying Alive. Dissection Junction allowed attendees to view eyes, lungs, and hearts. Staying Alive was a series of stations about first aid including Teddy Bear CPR, wound management & bleeding control, and splinting of injured joints (ankle, wrist, and fingers).

More than 130 MSU volunteers, including undergraduate students, graduate/medical students, staff and faculty members across a variety of MSU departments and majors participated, and numerous staff members from I5 were involved with PhUn Day. The Physiology Society Club, Pre-Physician Assistant Club, Neuroscience Club and more were represented.

PhUn Day proper bandage application
(L to R):MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students Anisa Musleh and Kerrigan Lemoine, and physiology undergraduate student Kennedy Franklin, teach bleeding control for skin wounds and proper bandage application at the first aid station. Photo courtesy of MSU Department of Physiology

Financial support was provided by the MSU Department of Physiology. In addition, the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement once again generously provided CATA bus tokens to aid in volunteer transportation. A special thank you goes to Lee Cox, professor and physiology department chair, for his support, and to all of the physiology staff members and office assistants who helped behind the scenes to make this event a success.

Wehrwein noted that local funding support increasingly essential, as national support for PhUn Week was cut by the American Physiological Society.

“Over the past 7 years, generous sponsorship has been provided as part of national PhUn week,” Wehrwein said. “In order to continue these events, it is necessary for dedicated educators to keep engaging with their communities with support of their departments and universities.”  

Next year’s PhUn Day will be held on a Saturday in Fall 2019 at the Impression 5 Science Center.

Lansing’s WILX news covered the event. To get a glimpse of the day’s activities and to read more, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qyLla_mQZhxB9e7Cl4BJkj9XPsRztxww/view )video) and/or https://www.wilx.com/content/news/Kids-have-PhUn-at-Impression-5-564286861.html (article). 

 

Banner image: An estimated 826 visitors attended the MSU Department of Physiology’s 8th annual PhUn Day event, held Nov.2 at Lansing’s Impression 5 Science Center. The program promotes building connections between scientists and their local schools to increase student interest in, and knowledge of, physiology. Photo courtesy of the MSU Department of Physiology

"MSU neuroscientist Gina Leinninger receives prestigious new investigator award" "MSU neuroscientist Gina Leinninger receives prestigious new investigator award"

Gina Leinninger, Michigan State University assistant professor of physiology, is the 2019-20 recipient of the American Physiology Society’s, or APS, Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award.

"MSU Faculty and Staff featured on the APS site" "MSU Faculty and Staff featured on the APS site"

Check it out! Dr. Erica Wehrwein, Val Van Ryn, and Dr. Siomara Hernandez-Rivera are featured in the banner photo for the American Physiological Society's Student Resources page.

"Teaching and Assessing Transferable Skills in STEM Classes" "Teaching and Assessing Transferable Skills in STEM Classes"

Erica Wehrwein, associate professor of physiology and John Zubek, assistant professor of physiology, will be hosting a workshop as part of the College of Natural Science's Teaching Essentials for MSU STEM Faculty series. Their workshop, titled "Teaching and Assessing Transferable Skills in STEM Classes," will focus on the importance of incorporating professional, critical thinking, and ethics skills in the science classroom. 

"MSU Students Host First Annual Hands-Only CPR Challenge" "MSU Students Host First Annual Hands-Only CPR Challenge"

The first annual University Hands Only CPR Challenge kicked off this year between universities across the state of Michigan to educate the public about the importance of performing CPR.

""PhUn" Day provides engaging physiology activities and experiments" ""PhUn" Day provides engaging physiology activities and experiments"

Area school children have the opportunity each year to have “PhUn” while learning about the science of the human body at Impression 5 (I5) Science Center in Lansing, Mich., with the help of the Michigan State University Department of Physiology. The event—the 7th annual Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Day—held last month, attracted an estimated 740 visitors to I5 to participate in engaging activities and experiments.

"PSL Faculty and Graduate Students Receive Awards from NatSci" "PSL Faculty and Graduate Students Receive Awards from NatSci"

The NatSci awards are presented to faculty and staff in the college following the annual State of the College address. For more information on the awards, contact Joyce Pinckney in the NatSci Dean’s Office. The College Faculty Advisory Council selects the faculty awards in the spring (due April 15) for the following academic year based on nominations submitted by departments and programs. In addition, endowed teaching awards are selected annually by the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science.

Dr. Brian Gulbransen Named MSU Foundation Professor Dr. Brian Gulbransen Named MSU Foundation Professor

MSU Foundation Professor is a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research and teaching, while enhancing the prominence of the institution.

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