Professor Phil Martin, who served as chair of kinesiology at Iowa State from 2008 through June 2019, will receive the 2019-20 American Kinesiology Association's Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award in the Doctoral University Category. The recognition highlights the excellence of kinesiology and leadership at Iowa State, as the honor's namesake Jerry Thomas preceded Martin as longtime chair of kinesiology at Iowa State. The award will be presented to Martin at the AKA Leadership Workshop awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25.
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Kinesiology and health students energize Iowa Special Olympics tournament

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For years, members of the Iowa State University Kinesiology and Health and Physical Education clubs have volunteered at the Special Olympics volleyball tournament held annually on campus in the Forker building.

New tenured and tenure-track faculty for 2019-20 announced

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Eleven outstanding scholars joined the tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences for the 2019-20 academic year.
Elizabeth Stegemöller will deliver a workshop at the Kennedy Center, Sept. 12: A workshop on music therapy will be led by Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor in kinesiology, Sept. 12, as part of the opening of the REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The REACH is an expansion of the Kennedy Center aimed at re-imagining the intersection between audiences and art. Stegemöller's outreach and research demonstrate ways music can be tapped to improve movement, memory, and motor skills for people with Parkinson's disease. The workshop, which connects Stegemöller's group with Parkinson's via Zoom, was curated by the American Music Therapy Association.
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Kelly Reddy-Best and Jessie Christensen are first in college to earn Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters: Kelly Reddy-Best, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, and Jessie Christensen, instructional support specialist in Online and Distance Learning, on being the first two College of Human Sciences faculty to earn their Teaching Online Certificate through the nationally recognized Quality Matters program. To earn this certificate, participants must complete a series of seven online training programs. Learn more about this professional development opportunity:
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Congratulations to more than 500 students who received scholarships from the College of Human Sciences and its academic units for 2019-20
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Jacob Meyer's research finding that endocannabinoid system may contribute to the mood-improving effects featured in New York Times: An article published in the New York Times Wednesday featured kinesiology assistant professor Jacob Meyer's part in recently published team research on the role endocannabinoids may play when exercising lifts the mood of people with depression. The NYT article suggests that being coached while exercising may help. Meyer's research was also featured in TodayOnline.com and News Directory, Daily Trust, and Health Europa. An ISU News Service story on related research ran on August 14.
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Jacob Meyer research featured in news stories: Jacob Meyer, assistant professor in kinesiology, is part of a recently-published research project that described how exercise and the body's endocannabinoid system can help alleviate depression symptoms. Meyer was cited in articles by the Daily Trust and Health Europa.
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Phil Martin to receive AKA Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award: Philip Martin, professor in kinesiology, has been chosen to receive the Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award in the Doctoral University Category for 2019-20 from the American Kinesiology Association. Martin will receive the award at the AKA Leadership Workshop awards banquet in January.
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Human Sciences entrepreneurs pitch ideas at the Iowa State Fair Saturday

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A number of the College of Human Sciences' entrepreneurs presented their business ideas in The Great Iowa State Pitch Off: STANDING InnOVATION! exhibit at the Iowa State Fair this week. The seven finalists representing the college will compete again Saturday, August 17 starting at 12:30 p.m.

Endocannabinoid and exercise research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

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A team of researchers, including Jacob Meyer, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State, looked into how the body's endocannabinoids (naturally-occurring cannabinoid molecules and their receptors) and exercise can help alleviate depression and its symptoms. Their findings were published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 

Li-Shan Chou leads kinesiology as professor and chair

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Li-Shan Chou, a scholar who applies engineering and mechanical theories to enhance understanding of mechanisms that govern human locomotion, became professor and chair of kinesiology at Iowa State University on July 1.