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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APLU honors ISU kinesiology associate professor Elizabeth Stegmöller for exceptional research mentoring of undergraduate students: Elizabeth Stegemoller, an associate professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University, has received the 2019 Undergradute Research Mentor Award from the Associatione of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Stegemoller deeply engages undergraduate and graduate students as integral contributers to her interdisciplinary research team. The team examines the effect of music on motor cortical activity in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The diverse team includes 21 juniors and seniors, 12 first-year students, and six master and doctoral students.
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Kinesiology and health seniors present research at Society for Neurocscience conference: Molly Norman, Allison Meyer, Emma Gettes, and Cortney Elkin presented their research at the Society for Neurocscience conference on Sunday in Chicago. The seniors in kinesiology and health researched the effect of music listening on cognitive inhibition as part of their work with Elizabeth Stegmöller in the ISU Neurophysiology Lab. The students have worked in the lab since they were freshmen. Two other seniors, Jonathan Mennecke and Ella Gustafson, also contributed to the project but were unable to attend the conference. The team was assisted by graduate student Patricia Izbicki.

The international conference was attended by approximately 27,000 people. The team also drafted a research article on the project that's under consideration by a research journal.

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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.
Elizabeth Stegmöller quoted on singing to improve Parkinson's disease symptoms in Georgia newspapers: A Georgia Health News article about people with Parkinson's disease singing to improve swallowing and respiratory control, which quotes Iowa State University kinesiology researcher Elizabeth Stegmöller, was picked up July 7 by the Rome (Georgia) News Tribune and the Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal.
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Kinesiology assistant professor Elizabeth Stegmöller featured in Georgia Health News article on singing and Parkinson's disease: An article published on July 2 by Georgia Health News and WABE Atlanta cited Elizabeth Stegmöller as a researcher and music therapist. Stegmöller uses her research in music therapy to aid those with Parkinson's disease.
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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.