APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Using History of Physiology in Teaching About Science as a Research Endeavor

Symposium — Tuesday, April 27, 2021 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — , Room APS-7
History of Physiology Group — Chair: Nancy Pelaez — Co-Chair: Erica Wehrwein

Learning outcomes that are often missing from traditional lab and lecture courses might be achieved with case studies of experiments from the history of physiology. The purpose of this symposium is to present a session where speakers discuss how they use history of physiology in teaching about science as a research endeavor. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion with the co-chairs moderating an interaction among the speakers and the audience.


  • Introduction
    Nancy Pelaez — Biological Sciences, Purdue University
    10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

  • Revisiting the Physiological Cost of Negative Work According to Abbott, Bigland and Ritchie (1952) as a Team-Based Exercise Physiology Laboratory Activity
    Steven Elmer — Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University
    10:05 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Using Walter B. Cannon’s Investigations on Homeostasis to Teach of and About Science
    Aekam Boyan — Biological Sciences and The Mallison Inst. for Science Ed., Western Michigan University
    10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

  • Strategies for Using the History of Experimentation in Physiology to Teach Issues Associated with the Nature of Science
    David Rudge — Biological Sciences & The Mallinson Inst. for Science Ed., Western Michigan University, Western Michigan University
    10:55 AM - 11:20 AM

  • Discussion
    Nancy Pelaez — Biological Sciences, Purdue University
    11:20 AM - 11:30 AM

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