Physiology Awareness

Halmos Faculty, Students Put the Fun in Physiology with Local 7th Graders

Deanne Roopnarine, D.P.M., associate professor, and two senior biology majors at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography shared their knowledge and explored physiology with students at St. Bernadette Catholic School in Davie during Physiology Understanding Week (PhUn Week).

PhUn Week 2015 (November 2–6, 2015) focused on the physiology of exercise and health. 

Roopnarine and biology majors Isabel Olivera and Tamara Gali visited the seventh-grade classroom of Carmen Paz to lead the students in hands-on, interactive activities to learn about how their bodies function and how medical discoveries are made. Students learned about the cardiovascular and muscular systems by monitoring their own hearts, pulse rates, and respiration before, during, and after they exercised. The students also were able to examine a dissected cow’s heart.

“The students were very excited about the event and were thrilled to use stethoscopes to listen to their hearts and learn how to measure their pulse rates,” Roopnarine said. “Most were eager to touch and learn about the dissected cow’s heart. They had numerous questions about science and also had questions about college. They were impressed with the NSU students who accompanied me to learn about their experiences.”

PhUn Week is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. The annual event is a K–12 outreach program coordinated by The American Physiological Society. The program gives students a chance to meet and learn from scientists, learn about physiology in their daily lives, and explore physiology as a possible career.

It also builds local partnerships between K–12 science teachers and university science faculty. More than 14,000 students across the nation were expected to participate in PhUn Week this year.