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November 13, 2017
Army and Navy Academy Students Visit the Clinical Physiology Lab
Dr. Hargens welcomed 21 students on Monday visiting from the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. They were
being hosted by their instructor, Dr. Robin Cowen, and the dean of academics, Ethan Segovia. Dr. Cowen spent time
with the lab this past summer as a Fellow of the American
Physiological Society and had introduced most of the students to
microgravity with the video she had put together during her time
here. Many of the students expressed an interest in science and
technology and were familiar with the concepts of fluid shifts and
the challenges presented with life in space. During their visit, the
students hears from Dr. Hargens and how he got started in his
academic career and ultimately what brought him to space
physiology. The students also got a hands on experience with some
of the lab equipment such as the inversion table, a blood pressure monitor and ultrasound.
They also participated in a tour of the clinic with a few volunteers getting to experience
artificial gravity in the lower body negative pressure (LBNP) chamber. Presentations were
given by Rachel Becker, Neeki Ashari, Jessie Fischman, Sherina Malkani and Robert Healey.
Thanks again to everyone who participated! It was a great way to introduce a topic that we are very passionate about!
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