Phoenix Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor Project
4/27/2008 Meeting Notes



* Larry: Nothing
* Chris: Continued investigation into education scenario reporting updates today, not finished.
* Dick: Will be working on Sphygmochron.
* Jim: Stimulated by Larry's request of what is going on in the Sensors.
'Reviewed work of Wade Peterson's piezo film results. Mary Jo's reprise of the piezo film project. Anoch's and Ashok's work. Dissertation from Finland covers everything we've been discussing. Then, we need direction toward, large surface sensor capture of arterial blood pressure, then how to calibrate. Then, develop a working prototype of the Phoenix monitor. Akhila published on

Jim said he would produce


Chris Adams - Requirements - Education Scenario


Objectives: relationships between time and biological functions, chronobiological applications.

Concerns of the Teacher:
* Different learning abilities and styles
* Adhere to academic standards.

Teachers Meta Model
* Curriculum
* Lesson design
* Standards.
* Parallel Curriculum of tracks of general gifted, special education and language, and model of core, connections, practices and identity.

"Seeing Cycles"
Awareness of cycles and rhythms.
* Collecting data
* Graphing data
* Interpreting data
- Midline
- Period
- Peak time
- Sine curves
- How much data is enough.

Lessons: "Putting Cycles on the Map"
* Cycles in nature
* Cycles in human individuals
* Cycles in populations
* Periodicity
* Circadian rhythms.
* Shorter cycles
* Longer cycles

Lessons: "What Drives Cycles"
* Environment Influences
* Influence is limited
* Internal sources of rhythms
* Environmental synchronization
* Limits of synchronization.

Lessons: "Discovering the Wheel: The Origin of Cycles"
* How are internal biological rhythms coordinated from within?
* Adaptation of internal rhythms to the environment for improved survival.
* Constancy versus rhythmicity.

Lessons: "Keeping in Step with Rhythms"
* Practical applications
* Finding the rhythm range
* Detecting disease

* Curriculum developer must balance techniques:
- Learn by lecture
-Learn by experiment
* Some subject's insufficiently researched for secondary education
- Treating disease
- Ecology BPM
- Subject is chronobiology
- Opportunities for ABPM vary by track.
- Learning by experiment with provide more opportunities for ABPM
* Vocabulary varies with user group.

Ahlgren Andrew, Halberg, Franz. 1990. Cycles of Nature: An introduction to Biological Rhythms. Natural Science Teachers Association.


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