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Duck-Chul “DC” Lee receives award to further research on cardiovascular disease prevention exercises
Duck-Chul Lee, associate professor in kinesiology, received $688,674 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the CardioRACE project (Comparison of the Cardiovascular Benefits of Resistance, Aerobic, and Combined Exercise). This is the fourth installment of the five-year grant, totaling $3,335,624. CardioRACE focuses on creating a one-year exercise intervention in 400 adults are at a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). This study aims to improve the quality of life of those who are projected to be affected by CVD, discovering the most effective combination of physical activities to utilize.

New tenured and tenure-track faculty for 2019-20 announcedEleven outstanding scholars joined the tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences when the 2019-20 academic year began.

Using their expertise to improve people's lives, the focus of these human scientists' research ranges from textile design processes, to wine polyphenols and polysaccharides, to orthopedic biomechanics, to the intersection of political philosophy, normative ethics, and evidence in educational decision-making.

Endocannabinoid and exercise research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & ExerciseA 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...

Li-Shan Chou leads kinesiology as professor and chairLi-Shan Chou leads kinesiology as professor and chair. Chou's appointment at Iowa State University became effective on July 1.

Chou comes to Ames from University of Oregon in Eugene, where he headed the Department of Human physiology from 2014 to 2018 and led research in a biomechanics motion analysis laboratory.


Jessica Alley awarded funding for exercise immunology research
Jessica Alley, a Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology and immunobiology, received $5,202 through the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation's NASA Space Physiology Grant. The one-year grant will fund a project that examines mitochondrial characteristics of adaptive immune cells following aerobic exercise training to determine if metabolic adaptations that occur with exercise extend to the immune system, which could have implications for immune function and thus overall health.

Many former public.iastate.edu faculty websites can be built on College of Human Sciences research website
As the University sunsets the public.iastate.edu website service, the College of Human Sciences offers an alternative to sites.iastate.edu for their own faculty. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.


Gregory Welk receives funding for physical activity assessment research
Gregory Welk, Barbara E. Forker Professor of Kinesiology, received a contract for $12,600 from Action for Healthy Kids. The money will be used to pilot the deployment of an online physical activity assessment tool called the Youth Activity Profile as part of the national ActiveSchools initiative. The project will evaluate steps to facilitate effective use of this tool by PE teachers before its dissemination through the national network.
Moderate muscle strength shows decreased risk for type 2 diabetes, research showsOf the 30 million Americans who have diabetes, 90 to 95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes. However, new research shows that increasing muscle strength might be a way to decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. 

In a study conducted by DC Lee, associate professor of kinesiology, and Angelique...


Gregory Welk receives funding for physical education programming research
Gregory Welk, Barbara E. Forker Professor of Kinesiology, received $12,000 in funding from the Cooper Institute for the Iowa FitnessGram Initiative. The award provides support for the team to continue a line of outreach programming focused on helping schools in central Iowa enhance physical education programming. The project uses a participatory research model that evaluates programming under real world conditions.

Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson's diseaseThe results from a recent pilot study done by Iowa State researchers shows that singing may lead to improvements in mood and motor function for people with Parkinson's disease. While the data is only preliminary, assistant professor of kinesiology Elizabeth Stegemöller says that the improvements...