Andrew Pitchford receives grant from the Healthy Weight Research Network for research on physicality of children with autism spectrum disorder
Andrew Pitchford, assistant professor in kinesiology, received $25,000 from the Healthy Weight Research Network for his research on interrelationships between balance, physical activity, weight, and motor skill competency in children 5-10 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Better understanding these relationships will help determine if traditional motor development and physical activity intervention approaches are applicable to children with ASD.
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.
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.
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.
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.