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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...

Raise the visibility of your research by establishing a CHS individual faculty research webpage
As the College of Human Sciences aims to increase communication about scholarly research, faculty now have the opportunity to establish a website that focuses on their research work. Sites may focus on an individual researcher's work or a research team's work. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.

Study to explore how cognitive development affects later attitudes toward physical activityIowa State researchers are working to understand the connection between childhood cognitive development and attitudes toward physical activity. Kinesiology professor Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis and graduate student Matthew Ladwig believe that the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls...

Hydration strategy key as high school athletes begin practiceThe 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...

Learn how to get more exposure for your research through The Conversation

An information session for College of Human Sciences researchers and scholars will be held at 11 a.m.-12
30 p.m., August 30 in the LeBaron Conference Room, 1009 LeBaron Hall, on the The Conversation" team's approach and communications platform for communicating research-based knowledge to the public. Iowa State University has recently begun working with The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website that draws expertise from academics whose essays are edited by journalists. Recent Iowa State University essays have run in Smithsonian Magazine and Science Alert. Potential authors and who would consider publishing essays about their expertise for broad distribution are encouraged to attend. Register online.

Plan to attend NSF I-CORP information session, August 29
The vice president for research office invites College of Human Sciences faculty members to an information session on I-CORPS, at 1 p.m., August 29, in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. I-CORP is an initiative designed to transition National Science Foundation-funded research from the laboratory into a marketplace product. Iowa State became an NSF I-Corps Site in the fall of 2017. Thirty Iowa State University teams will be selected each year through a competitive process to participate in I-CORPS and receive industry exposure, entrepreneurial training, advice, resources, networking opportunities, and infrastructure for exploring commercialization opportunities.

Greg Welk and an interdisciplinary research team receives new year of funding for SWITCH school wellness program
College of Human Sciences researchers Greg Welk, Spyridoula Vazou, and Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, as well as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences researcher Doug Gentile, received continuation funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for the expansion of the School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH) Project. The team of researchers are working closely with the 4H program run by ISU Extension and Outreach to disseminate the program across Iowa.
Motivation to move may start with being mindfulA meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher. Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is part of another study that found resistance training...