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.
Cedar Rapids Gazette article features assistant professor of kinesiology, who says meditation could help people maintain an exercise routine: In an article from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, assistant professor of kinesiology Jacob Meyer discussed how practicing mindfulness meditation, which involves paying close attention to present emotions, thoughts, and sensations, can help people stick to an exercise routine during the winter months.
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College of Human Sciences Ambassador Andra Luth spotlighted in Decatur, Ill. Herald and Review: The Herald and Review, a newspaper based in Decator, Ill., highlighted Andra Luth who has been named an Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Ambassador in the Nov. 16 issue. Luth is a junior in kinesiology who lives in Illinois.
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Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn’t take much

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Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new Iowa State University study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other aerobic activity.
Several national news outlets feature ISU research on benefits of singing for people with Parkinson's disease: A pilot study by Elizabeth Stegemoller, Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, and Andrew Zaman which shows that singing can benefit people with Parkinson's disease in ways similar to taking medicine, has been featured in several news outlines. In articles from ReachMD, Health News Digest, Medicine Newsline, McKnight's Senior Living, Medicalnewser, and Eurasia Review, the researchers discuss early results and where they go from here with the new data.
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Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease

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In a recent study done by Iowa State researchers, singing has been found to reduce stress and improve motor function in people with Parkinson's disease. While it is "preliminary data," the study shows that the improvements among participants are similar to improvements made from taking medicine.
New York Times article features Jacob Meyer's research on mindful meditation that inspires winter workouts: See how research on mindful meditation by kinesiology assistant professor Jacob Meyer can inspire you to stay active, in a New York Times article. The research is based in the Wellbeing and Exercise Laboratory in the Forker Building on the Iowa State University campus.
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Study to explore how cognitive development affects later attitudes toward physical activity

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Kinesiology professor Panteleimon Ekekkaki and graduate student Matthew Ladwig are working to find how cognitive development affects attitudes toward physical activity later in life.
Kinesiology researchers aim to find connection between memories of PE class and adult attitudes toward physical activity: In articles from EurekAlert! and the Ames Tribune, kinesiology professor Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis and graduate student Matthew Ladwig discuss their upcoming research study that will focus on finding how our childhood memories of physical activity, specifically gym class, affect our adult attitudes toward being active.
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Hydration strategy key as high school athletes begin practice

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The first week of high school sports practices is a particularly vulnerable time for athletes, says an Iowa State University assistant professor of kinesiology. James Lang studies how environmental stresses, such as heat, affect how our bodies regulate internal temperature. Lang says being proactive about hydration, rather than reactive, is important to keep athletes safe.
Greg Welk, Anita Rollins, Sara Sprouse honored at university awards ceremony on September 14: Welk, a Barbara E. Forker Professor in Kinesiology, received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. Anita Rollins, program coordinator of the Science Bound program in the School of Education, received the Professional Scientific Excellence Award. Sara Sprouse, a nutrition and wellness specialist in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach who works from the Van Buren County office, received the Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award.
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Graduate students earn scholarships from College of Human Sciences and academic programs: Graduate students also received scholarships from the College of Human Sciences and related academic programs.
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More than 400 undergraduate students receive scholarships from College of Human Sciences and academic departments: The College of Human Sciences and related academic departments collectively awarded $1.3 million in scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year above and beyond the university-level scholarships that were bestowed. See which undergraduate students received awards this year.
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Alumnus Marc Mores elected to Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors: Marc Mores of Parker, Colorado, a 1995 Iowa State University graduate in exercise and sport science who is executive vice president and Denver branch manager at James R. Favor & Company, has been elected to board of directors of the Iowa State University Alumni Association, for a four-year term.
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Season of success for summer internships

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Nearly 400 College of Human Sciences students are using this summer to gain knowledge, skill, and experience in their field through an internship.  Internships, student teaching placements and other practicums are essential to the learning process at Iowa State, whether they are close to campus or around the world.
ExerCYse is Medicine receives recognition at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting: Iowa State University recently received recognition as a Silver Exercise is Medicine On Campus student organization. Greg Welk, a Barbara E. Forker Professor in kinesiology, and Ryan True, a senior in kinesiology and health who's president of ExerCYse is Medicine at Iowa State, attended this year's American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Minneapolis where they accepted the recognition.
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Accountability sessions give ISU student startups time to set benchmarks, course-correct

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Ryan True is one of 20 students and alumni participating this summer in CYstarters, a 10-week accelerator program that provides the funding, resources, and accountability to grow business startups. True's business, Full Circle Wellness, aims to help older adults stay healthy.

Biomechanics professor named Iowa State’s next kinesiology chair

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Li-Shan Chou, a professor of biomechanics who is department head of human physiology and director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at the University of Oregon, will be the next chair of the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology.