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Jacob Meyer featured for advice on light activity and sleep in Iowa State University's News Service articleJacob Meyer, assistant professor in kinesiology, was featured in Iowa State University's News Service article. Meyer encourages people to participate in light physical activity to break up long periods of sedentary time.

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Gregory Welk receives subcontract for research on physical activity promotion strategies for youths: Gregory Welk, professor in kinesiology, received a new $29,685 subcontract to continue collaborative research on a large, community-wide intervention called Wellscapes. As part of that project, Dr. Welk will provide expertise with the use of the Youth Activity Profile (YAP) tool developed by his lab. The YAP is an online instrument that helps youths learn about their physical activity behaviors, and the summary data helps schools to evaluate profiles of their students.

Gregory Welk receives contract for research on the effective promotion of physical activity in youths
Gregory Welk, professor in kinesiology, received $12,000 from the Cooper Institute for a project aimed at promoting physical activity in K-12 schools’ physical education programs. The focus of this project is on the utilization of the Youth Activity Profile (YAP) tool developed by his lab. The YAP is an online instrument that helps youths learn about their physical activity behaviors, and the summary data helps schools to evaluate profiles of their students.
Grant to improve firefighters and first responders' protective glovesThe heat-protective gloves firefighters and first responders wear are thick, bulky and limit dexterity. That's why a team of Iowa State University researchers is working to improve the safety and function of the gloves as part of the personal protective equipment system.


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.