Kinesiology scholars receive seed grants for research from ISU PostDoc Association and Graduate College: Angelique Brellenthin and Gabriella McLoughlin recently received seed grants to help support their postdoctoral research agendas from the Iowa State University PostDoc Association and the Graduate College.

Brellenthin, who works with Duck-chul (DC) Lee, received a $2,400 grant to examine adaptations of the endocannabinoid system — a stress-adjusting biological system present in all human tissues and fluids — in response to aerobic, resistance, and combined exercise training, in a subsample of CardioRACE study participants.

McLoughlin, who works with Greg Welk in the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Laboratory, received a $2,400 grant to run a pilot study to refine the Youth Activity Profile, a calibrated self-assessment tool developed at Iowa State that captures school-based physical activities and sedentary behaviors.

Brellenthin and McLoughlin will serve as principal investigators on these projects. The seed grant awards underscore the exceptional opportunities Iowa State University researchers receive early in their careers to conduct high-impact studies.

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ISU kinesiology research featured in Diabetes in Control: A story on muscle strength and reduction of Type 2 diabetes, published in Diabetes In Control, an informational newsletter for medical professionals, focuses on Iowa State University kinesiology research by DC Lee, associate professor and Angelique Brellenthin, a postdoctoral researcher.
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Orchesis I Dance Company elects 10-member executive team: The Orchesis I Dance Company has elected an executive team for the 2019-20 academic year. Led by Cortney Elkin, president, the newly elected leaders include Beth Michel, vice president; Mary Fisher, secretary and performance liaison; Kaitlyn Teeling, treasurer; Avery Grundy and Dani Steffes, publicity chairs; Megan Phinney and Haylie Sumner-lindberg, costumers; and Sarah Tweedy and Josie Van Houten, historians.
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Sixty-one outstanding students recognized by Department of Kinesiology: Students who received awards and scholarships in the areas of kinesiology and health, athletic training, and dance were recently recognized for their achievements by the Department of Kinesiology.
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Pre-Physical Therapy Club selects new leaders: The Iowa State University Pre-Physical Therapy Club has elected new leaders for the 2019-20 academic year. The new executive team includes kinesiology and health majors Samantha Henning, president; Morgan Brinning, vice president; Meghan McCarey, secretary; and Brandon Trifiletti, treasurer. The club provides students preparing for a career in physical therapy with networking opportunites, a place to connect to other students in their major, and support as they earn their degree.
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Spring graduates honored with Teaching Excellence Award: Those graduating in May who are receiving the Teaching Excellence Award include College of Human Sciences students Jesse Jurgenson, Ph.D., human development and family studies; Stephanie Hice, Ph.D., food science and human nutrition; and Brittany Sweers, M.Ed., education. Awardees are selected by the faculty in their respective academic units based on evidence of outstanding achievement in teaching.
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Outstanding Ph.D. graduates receive Research Excellence Award: College of Human Sciences Students receiving the Research Excellence Award along with a Ph.D. this spring include Stephanie Hice in food science and human nutrition; Hardeep Obhi in gerontology/human development and family studies; and Syafiqah Rahamat in apparel, events, and hospitality management. Awardees are selected by the faculty in their academic units to recognize superior research or creativity as demonstrated in their theses or dissertations.
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Mason City Globe highlights 'Star Class 2019' graduating high school seniors heading to Iowa State University College of Human Sciences: A May 5 news article in the Mason City Globe Gazette highlighted graduating high school seniors named to the "Star Class 2019," including at least four who plan to enroll in a College of Human Sciences academic program in August: Madelyn Tjaden of Charles City, food science; Mara Anderson of Garner-Mayfield-Venture, kinesiology; Sophia Merten of St. Ansgar, kinesiology/pre-occupational therapy; McKenna Weaver of West Fork, elementary education.
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Human Sciences Student Council executive officers elected: The College of Human Sciences Student Council has elected executive officers for the 2019-20 academic year. Officers include Nicole Bever, dietetics, president; Jacob Bennet, elementary education, vice president; Aunaca Novak, dietetics, secretary; Joshua Gassmann, kinesiology and health, treasurer; Travis Kane, kinesiology and health, Student Sensations chair; Kenneth Echevarria, diet and exercise, outreach chair.
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College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class of spring 2019 in a series of events on May 9-11.
Kinesiology alumna featured in April 13 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier article: Ashley Maginnis is the owner of AMFstudio, a boutique group fitness studio in Cedar Falls. Maginnis graduated from Iowa State in 2012 with a degree in kinesiology and has been running AMFstudio since it opened in 2016.
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Angelique Brellenthin featured in Gizmodo article: Angelique Brellenthin, a postdoctoral research associate in kinesiology who works on the CardioRACE Project, replies to a "Giz asks" question in the Gizmodo article "How much longer will exercise make me live?" posted on April 15.
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Kinesiology professor featured in Mar. 20 Gulf News article on workout structure and improved mood : Panteleimon Ekkekakis, professor of kinesiology, was quoted in a Gulf News article about how workout structure can affect one's post-workout mood. “The pleasure of that achievement overshadows any sense of displeasure that existed during the actual exercise,” said Ekkekakis.
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Research on muscle strength and type 2 diabetes featured in Investor Newswire, Healthline articles: A new Iowa State University study of 4,500 adults, which found that building moderate muscle mass reduced the risk for type 2 diabetes by 32 percent, was featured on Investor Newswire, March 16 and a Healthline article featured on March 11. Duck-chul (DC) Lee, an associate professor in kinesiology and lead author on the article, and Angelique Brellenthin, a co-author and postdoctoral research associate, are quoted in the story.
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Kinesiology professor's type 2 diabetes research featured in multiple news outlets: DC Lee, associate professor of kinesiology, was featured in U.S. News and World Report, CNN-US, KCCI Channel 8 News, HealthDay, EurekAlert! and Health News Digest for his research on exercise and type 2 diabetes. The study found that increasing muscle strength could help decrease one's risk of type 2 diabetes.
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Kinesiology professor featured in Chicago Daily Herald article on how workout structure can affect your post-workout mood: Panteleimon Ekkekakis, professor of kinesiology, was featured in a Chicago Daily Herald article on how certain types of workouts can affect one's mood. "The pleasure of that achievement overshadows any sense of displeasure that existed during the actual exercise," Ekkekakis said.
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Moderate muscle strength shows decreased risk for type 2 diabetes, research shows

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A recent research study by DC Lee, associate professor of kinesiology, shows that moderate muscle strength can lead to decreased risk for type 2 diabetes in adults.
Research on effects of weightlifting on heart health featured in Mar. 1 Idaho State Journal article: An article in the Idaho State Journal featured research from Iowa State on the effects of weightlifting on heart health, showing that just one hour of weightlifting per week can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by 40 to 70 percent.
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Washington Post, other outlets feature kinesiology professor in articles about exercise and mood: Panteleimon Ekkekakis, a professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University, is quoted in articles about exercise and mood from the Washington Post, Seacoast Online, The Hamilton Spectator, and NDTV.
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College of Human Sciences on fall 2018 announced:
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Kinesiology professor featured in Washington Post story about exercise and mood: Panteleimon Ekkekakis, a professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University, is quoted in an article from the Washington Post about exercise and mood.
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Three College of Human Sciences students earn 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award

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Three College of Human Sciences students are among the seven students the Iowa State University Alumni Association will recognize with the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award this spring.

Kin Collective builds community to overcome isolation

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The Kin Collective reduces isolation among students of color and provides a safe space to share life's ups and downs.
Ekkekakis cited in Globe and Mail piece on change for a healthier 2019: The Globe and Mail, a widely-read Canadian newspaper, cited Iowa State University kinesiology professor Panteleimon Ekkekakis in a column on making changes to improve health, published Dec. 30. Ekkkakis researches exercise psychology and the effects of emotion on physical activity-related habits.
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First-generation student finds ‘home’ at Iowa State, future in kinesiology

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Soccer is a huge part of Alejandro Martinez’s culture and his family, and it was his own soccer injuries at South Tama County High School – as well as words of wisdom from the athletic trainer who helped him recover – that led him to Iowa State University’s kinesiology and health program.
Village News highlights research on connection between singing and improved motor function in people with Parkinson's disease: A Dec. 6 brief from Village News highlighted Elizabeth Stegemoller's research on how singing can improve motor function for people with Parkinson's disease. While Stegemoller says that the findings are only preliminary data, the benefits can be similar to taking medicine.
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New York Times, other outlets feature kinesiology professor's study on benefits of strength training and effects on heart health: The New York Times, Cardiovascular Business, and Newsmax featured associate professor of kinesiology DC (Duck-chul) Lee's study on the benefits of weightlifting on heart health. Lee's study was featured in the Nov. 13 article "Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn't take much" from Inside Iowa State.
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College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class of fall 2018 in a series of events on Dec. 14 and 15.

Haley Haskell applies learning technologies skills in unexpected places

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Haley Haskell, senior in elementary education, has used her learning technologies minor to work with a physical education class at an Ames school, and learned the different ways technology can be used across the K-12 curriculum.