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Under the direction of Michigan State University physiologist Erica Wehrwein, the Physiology Majors Interest Group (P-MIG) published 14 manuscripts in a special collection of papers featured in Advances in Physiology Education.
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!
Congratulations to Meena Sudhakaran, PSL graduate in the Doseff lab, on being awarded a NIH-T32 Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability fellowship.
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.
“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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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