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"In physiology, as in all other sciences, no discovery is useless, no curiosity misplaced or too ambitious, and we may be certain that every advance achieved in the quest of pure knowledge will sooner or later play its part in the service of man." — Ernest Henry Starling
PhUn Week is a nationwide outreach program building connections between scientists and their local schools. PhUn Week is distinctive for two reasons:
As the leading professional organization of physiology researchers and educators in the U.S., the APS is uniquely positioned to deploy a national coordinated event to promote the understanding of physiology in health and disease. Individual physiologists, physiology departments, and regional chapters of the APS all coordinate PhUn Week events and activities, ranging from single classroom visits to large-scale local events at schools, universities and museums.
The goals of PhUn Week are to:
During PhUn Week classroom visits in November, APS members engage students in interactive, hands-on physiology activities. Through this real-life, face-to-face encounter with practicing biomedical researchers, students learn about how their bodies function and how scientific discoveries are made.
Continue to explore this website for teachers, researchers, and students to learn more about PhUn Week! The FAQs in Resources below can answer common questions about PhUn Week.
This flyer provides an overview of PhUn Week activities and how to get involved.
How to plan your activity in three easy steps
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Mentoring Forum article by Michael Ryan (7/2014)
Posters presented at EB2012 describing past PhUn Week activities that took place in K-12 classrooms across the US and Puerto Rico.
Answers to common questions about Physiology Understanding Week (PhUn Week)