Interactive Sessions - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at VSU    

Dr. Helena Carvalho November 16, 2013
Why do we want to touch everything with our fingertips? And more ‘Why’ questions about how our bodies communicate with the world.

An interactive session led by Dr. Helena Carvalho

Assistant Professor of Basic Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Are you the type of person that needs to touch everything? Sometimes it feels like we must touch to see better, doesn’t it? It’s fascinating to learn about how human bodies connect to the world. Do you think the world is what we see? The answer is, “NO!” There are many more “things” in the world than our senses could possibly detect! In this interactive session, we will be discussing and experiencing the Special Senses. Have you ever wondered: Why do we have two eyes on our faces? Why do we have two ears on our heads? Why do we stop feeling our clothes after a while? Why can we not smell our perfume all day? Those and more questions will be answered in our interactive session. Let’s explore together how our human body connects to the outside environment and learn more about the intriguing world of Human Function.

Dr. Helena Carvalho is a Physiologist with many years of experience in basic sciences and worked with microcirculation research for more than 20 years. She was the recipient of Pappenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow Award offered by the American Physiological Society and the best presentation at ENCENF (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Dr. Carvalho recently received the 2011 Young Investigator Award from the Teaching Section of the American Physiological Society (APS).

After teaching medical students and undergraduates for many years, she turned her interest towards How People Learn (HPL) with emphasis on teaching strategy that promotes a lifelong learning experience for all levels of students. She is currently writing a Physiology manual that includes practical exercises with a focus on hands-on activities. The goal is to explore the students' natural curiosity and achieve a genuine interest in science.

Dr. Carvalho is currently an Assistant Professor in Basic Sciences at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

November 2013 - Hands-On Exhibits
After the interactive session the students will be escorted by their parents to have lunch and then to the hands-on portion of the event. There the students will enjoy the experience of interacting with various exhibits from the Virginia State University community.