College of Human Sciences Kinesiology News

Researchers tackle obesity from multiple perspectives
College of Human Sciences researchers in several departments seek to better understand, prevent, and treat obesity.
Festival highlights benefits of music for people with Parkinson’s disease
Elizabeth Stegemöller leads singing classes for people with Parkinson's. A festival will feature music and celebrate their strength.
Interdisciplinary team enhances protective clothing design
Interdisciplinary research in the College of Human Sciences is improving the safety of those who wear protective clothing.
Summer internships provide springboard to careers
At least 345 College of Human Sciences students secured internships this summer in Iowa and across the globe.
Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements
Building renovations provide College of Human Sciences researchers with the space and equipment crucial to their research.
Pinpointing exercise’s positive effects on human health
What started as a $25,000 College of Human Sciences 2014 seed grant has evolved into research poised to change exercise habits.
New GRAMMY Museum grant will boost Iowa State’s Parkinson’s disease research
An Iowa State University study that will investigate the effects of group singing therapy on people with Parkinson's disease is one of 14 GRAMMY Museum Grant Program recipients.
College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation
The College of Human Sciences will recognize nearly 450 graduating students on May 5 and 6.
Tuesday’s Creations dance outreach program to host Earth Day event for area children
The Tuesday’s Creations creative dance program will on April 21 hold a free Earth Day outreach event for children age four and up in the Forker Building’s Betty Toman Dance Theatre (room 196). Through the art of barefoot dance, children will explore the ways they can move their bodies and create with movement. They’ll also learn dances from around the world.
Human development and family studies students use virtual reality to measure stress response
Students in an Iowa State University human development and family studies course are venturing into virtual reality to intensify scientific inquiry. When Elizabeth “Birdie” Shirtcliff challenged her HDFS 640/440X Biomarkers of the Family class – a mix of undergraduate and graduate students – to create a situation that would trigger a stress response, they created a computer simulation.

Kinesiology Department News

Kinesiology Department News

Stegemöller's Parkinson's studies, music festival featured in Health Day, U.S. News, Courier:
Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor in kinesiology, studies the positive effects that singing can have on swallowing and respiratory control — two functions complicated by Parkinson's disease. Health Day, U.S. News & World Report and the science and technology website Gears of Biz (which republished the Health Day report), and the Waterloo (Iowa) Courier highlighted the research in light of a recent Parkinson's Music Festival held in Ames. More».

Ames Tribune highlights Stegemöller's Parkinson's disease research, upcoming music festival:
Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor in kinesiology, studies singing's effects on swallowing and respiratory control among people with Parkinson's disease. In the Tribune article, Stegemöller discusses how she started researching the topic. A free concert, held at First Baptist Church of Ames August 12 at 6:30 p.m., will showcase the work of Stegemöller's singing groups. More».

Kathryn Southard promotes a healthy college lifestyle in student profile:
Kathryn Southard's goal is to become a professor within a kinesiology or exercise science department at a mid-sized university. In her free time between research you can find her gardening, walking her dog, or baking. More».

Jenna King changes Ames from her home town to her college town in student profile:

Jenna wants to work as a clinical exercise physiologist with doctors who prescribe exercise as medicine. When she isn't studying, she enjoys rollerblading, drinking black coffee, and working at Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company.

Joey Lee pursues his Ph.D. as a first generation student in student profile:

Joey wants to teach as a professor at a small or mid-level university or at a community college. When he isn't studying, he enjoys playing basketball, working out, and spending time with his one-year-old son.More».

Spring 2017 College of Human Sciences dean's list announced:

The list honors students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the spring semester of 2017. More».

SWITCH school wellness program expands with help from Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program

With the new partnership, the network of Iowa Youth Development staff across the state are identifying and recruiting schools to participate in the program. SWITCH helps students in grades 4-5 learn healthier ways to switch what they do, view, and chew. Greg Welk, a Barbara E. Forker Professor in Kinesiology, leads the interdisciplinary SWITCH research team. In an effort to expand SWITCH and the entire 4-H Healthy Living Program, Laura Liechty has been hired as the new 4-H healthy living specialist. More».

Summer, fall Rosenfeld interns announced

One Kinesiology student, Jonathan Cerna, has been accepted into the Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship Program. Rosenfeld internships provide undergraduate students in the College of Human Sciences with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience while they consider whether to pursue advanced degree. The program offers interns exceptional opportunities to work with faculty and learn how to conduct research in their chosen fields. 

Senlin Chen, Duck-chul Lee, Panteleimon Ekkekakis, and Spyridoula Vazou to receive faculty promotion

Four faculty members are among those granted promotions, in action by the Iowa Board of Regents for the 2017-2018 academic year. Among those promoted to associate professor with tenure: Senlin Chen, Duck-chul "DC" Lee, and Spyridoula Vazou in kinesiology An already-tenured faculty promoted to professor is Panteleimon Ekkekakis in kinesiology. The promotion takes effect Aug. 16.


Lisa Phillips named Outstanding Student Organization Adviser of the Year

Lisa Phillips, an academic adviser in kinesiology and adviser to the Human Sciences Student Council, received the 2017 Outstanding Student Organization Adviser of the Year award from the ISU Student Activities Center.

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