Discipline of Physiology
The Discipline of Physiology is part of the School of Medical Sciences and is the focus of teaching and research in the physiological sciences at The University of Sydney.
Its research staff and students are located primarily at the Camperdown Campus of the University, in the Anderson Stuart Building and in the Medical Foundation Building. Academics in the discipline teach undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Science, and the Graduate Medical Program.
The research interests of the faculty span a broad range of topics in the physiological sciences, with particular research focus on neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology, reproductive physiology, and endocrine function. Techniques used in our laboratories include imaging, electrophysiology, molecular biology, and human and animal behaviour.
Prof Phil Poronnik appointed Chair of the National Committee for Biomedical Sciences.
Congratulations to Professor Philip Poronnik who has been appointed as Chair of the National Committee for Biomedical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science for the next three years. The National Committee for Biomedical Sciences (NCBMS) aims to foster the biomedical sciences in Australia, link the Academy to Australian biomedical scientists and relevant scientific societies, and serve as a link between Australian and overseas scientists, primarily through the unions of the International Council for Science. The NCBMS provides input into relevant submissions or responses from the Academy, and meets with grant funding agencies to discuss items of interest to the biomedical sciences community. The committee also supports the work of the Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN).
Dr Sharon Herkes joins Peer Observation and Review of Teaching Program (PORT) team.
The PORT program emerged from an Office of Learning and Teaching National Teaching Fellowship awarded to A/Prof Manju Sharma in 2014. The program encourages collaboration and best practice in learning and teaching by formalizing and extending the mentoring of teaching staff (particularly new academics). Staff participating reflect on their teaching practices by observing teachers in action and by being observed and reviewed in a positive and encouraging environment. Dr Sharon Herkes of Physiology/SoMS has joined the PORT team, with other members including Prof Adam Bridgeman from the Faculty of Science, Dr Hilary Lloyd from Pharmacology/SoMS and Dr Graham Hendry from Educational Innovation. Their role as reviewers is to observe participants, provide guidance and feedback. For more information on the PORT program join the eCommunity by signing onto blackboard and from the top banner select eCommunity => eCommunity self-enrolment => Peer Review of Teaching.
The PORT program aligns with University Strategic Plans, in particular, taking a scholarly approach to teaching and learning. The recent Week 4 Educational Observathon, run through the Education Innovation team, was a key step in this direction. Dr Sharon Herkes opened her lectures for observation as did 63 others from across the university.