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This is a poster from the 2009 Experimental Biology meeting held in New Orleans, LA from April 18-22. The APS K-12 Minority Outreach Fellowship cultivates partnerships between minority physiologists and K-12 teachers and students. Activities foster communication between minority trainees (graduate and postdoctoral students) and middle/high school minority students. Physiology trainees visit K-12 classrooms, help conduct teacher professional development workshops, and attend scientific meetings. Since the programÂs official inception in 2006, Outreach Fellows have reached almost 800 students in five states in schools and learning centers. Presentations range from large to small groups and included demonstrations on topics such as: blood flow and oxygen delivery changes from rest to exercise; the relationship of exercise to hypertension and heart disease; the importance of exercise to human health; the scientific method; careers in physiology, and diversity among scientists. Program impacts have been positive and are assessed through pre/post surveys and fellow reflections. The fellowship is supported by a grant from the National Institute Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (Grant # R13 DK39306).
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