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Wright, Kenneth P Professor

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  • Prof. Wright's research has contributed to our understanding of the physiology of sleep and circadian rhythms in humans, explaining the health and safety consequences of sleep loss and circadian misalignment—such as metabolic dysregulation and impaired cognition—and applying that knowledge to improve public health and safety. His research also aims to test countermeasure and treatment strategies to promote optimal sleep, wakefulness, and health in a variety of circumstances in which sleep deprivation and circadian misalignment occur (e.g., insufficient sleep, shift work, jet lag, aging, insomnia, sustained and continuous work operations, space missions, and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders).

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  • Sleep Physiology, Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders, Energy Metabolism, Cognition, Human Performance, Health and Safety

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  • IPHY 2910 - Practicum in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Offers practical experience in organized situations with direct supervision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 3010 - Teaching in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching specific laboratory sections in IPHY under direct faculty supervision. Students must make arrangements with the faculty member responsible for the course in which they plan to assist. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 4010 - Seminar in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Introduces a small group of students to current research topics in integrative physiology, evaluation of current research and discussion of critical issues. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topics vary. Department enforced prerequisite: IPHY 2800 or equivalent.
  • IPHY 4580 - Sleep Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Describes the physiology and neurobiology of sleep and impact of sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders on immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neural systems, as well as examines changes in sleep across the life span. The integrative nature of sleep and circadian rhythms in normalphysiologcial and cognitive function and their importance in health and disease processes will be emphasized. Department enforced requisites: one year of general biology (lecture + lab) and one year of general chemistry (lecture + lab); IPHY 2800 or equivalent. Same as IPHY 5580.
  • IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
  • IPHY 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
  • IPHY 5580 - Sleep Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Describes the physiology and neurobiology of sleep and impact of sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders on immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neural systems, as well as examines changes in sleep across the life span. The integrative nature of sleep and circadian rhythms in normalphysiologcial and cognitive function and their importance in health and disease processes will be emphasized. Same as IPHY 4580.
  • IPHY 6010 - Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Presents special topics in integrative physiology. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 6840 - Research Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.

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