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Greg Welk and an interdisciplinary research team receives new year of funding for SWITCH school wellness program
College of Human Sciences researchers Greg Welk, Spyridoula Vazou, and Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, as well as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences researcher Doug Gentile, received continuation funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for the expansion of the School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH) Project. The team of researchers are working closely with the 4H program run by ISU Extension and Outreach to disseminate the program across Iowa.
Motivation to move may start with being mindfulA meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher. Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is part of another study that found resistance training...

Human scientists among undergraduates to present research at national conferenceWith four years of undergraduate research under her belt and a passion for helping people to adopt healthier behaviors, Iowa State University kinesiology and health student Jenna Petersen will share her research on a national platform next week.


The College of Human Sciences is seeking proposals from untenured faculty members for research seed grants of up to $10,000
Untenured faculty members in the College of Human Sciences are invited to submit proposals for seed grants designed to help them develop as researchers. Apply online.


James Lang receives grant for hypothermia research
James Lang, an assistant professor in the kinesiology department, was awarded $3,782 from the Wilderness Medical Society. Lang is studying the increased susceptibility to hypothermia in older adults by examining their blunted skin blood flow response to cold exposure. He will determine whether selective amino acid supplementation improves thermoregulatory function to cold exposure in this population.

One-hour Researcher Guidebook webinars presented by University-Industry Demonstration Partnership kick off February 7
The seven free one-hour webinars for researchers and contract negotiators are designed to give you a competitive edge and provide you with insight to better navigate expectations when industry and university researchers collaborate. The webinars are hosted by the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. Attend one or more sessions, but RSVP to pduncan@iastate.edu at least one week in advance. Each session runs from noon to 1
15 p.m. at 1805 Collaboration Place in Ames, except on February 21, when it will be held in Room 6115 of Building 6 at the Research Park.


Greg Welk and an interdisciplinary research team receives funding for expansion on school wellness program
College of Human Sciences researchers Greg Welk, Spyridoula Vazou, and Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, as well as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences researcher Doug Gentile, received funding to continue the expansion of the School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH) Project. The team of researchers are running this project to enhance school wellness programming in Iowa. The new funding will enable the team to extend their evidence-based training model developed for elementary schools into middle schools.
Honors student in kinesiology produces new children’s bookA new children’s book written by an Iowa State University student aims to reduce the fear and anxiety that young children can have when going to the doctor.

Pitchford breaks barriers to exercise for youth with developmental disabilitiesAndy Pitchford is improving the lives of youth with developmental disabilities by enhancing their physical activity inside and outside the classroom.

“I’ve always wanted to provide a public good for the people participating in my research,” said Pitchford, a new assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University. “Whether it’s learning about their body composition and health through DXA scan results, or riding a bicycle for the first time, it’s about picking up something they didn’t have before they participated in an intervention.”

Pease Family Scholar will discuss genetics of physical activity in ISU lecture Oct. 19A federally funded scientist who now serves as the director of Texas A&M University’s Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance will speak at Iowa State University on Thursday, Oct. 19.

J. Timothy Lightfoot will present “Can You Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics of Physical Activity” at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Lightfoot is the Department of Kinesiology’s 2017-18 Pease Family Scholar. His talk is free and open to the public.