The Physical Activity and Health Lab seeks children and adolescents 1.5-17 years old to be a part of a research study to assess physical activity measurements using accelerometer technology. Participants will be asked to conduct their normal, every day activities while wearing two activity trackers and being recorded by a video camera to track their physical activity levels.
Researchers in the Muscle Biology Laboratory in the kinesiology department are seeking participants for a study aimed at quantifying thigh muscle and fat content in healthy older adults (65-80 years old) who are not exercising heavily.
The Behavioral Medicine Lab is recruiting dog owners over the age of 21 for a study assessing the effects of obedience training on the dog-owner bond and human-health outcomes.
Vandenberg notes that the studies look “at several really important issues in environmental health,” adding that "over the past several decades, exposures to environmental chemicals—and estrogens in particular—have continued to rise."
The Dean's Message appears in the July 2017 SPHHS e-newsletter.
Jane Kent, Professor of Kinesiology, has been named Chair of the Department. She takes over for Professor Catrine Tudor-Locke, who assumed the position of Associate Dean of Research and Administration for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in March.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of the new SPHHS Center for Student Success (CSS). The CSS will provide enhanced coordination and programming for student academic and career advising, and co-curricular experiences. In addition to announcing the new CSS, Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, announced the appointment of Megan Griffin as its Director.
Associate Dean of Research Catrine Tudor-Locke announced the hiring of new research support staff. Joining Laura Bergantino, who continues to serve as Post Award Administrator, are Andressa Gutierrez in the role of Research and Development Award Specialist, and Jim Shea and Antoinette Uwamwiza as the office’s Grants and Contracts Administrators.
Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor of Community Health Education and a veteran researcher in Alaska Native youth suicide prevention, is leading part of a new five-year, $4.25 million grant from NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health to identify the most effective ways of preventing suicide among Alaska Native youth. The grant creating the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research was one of just three awarded nationwide; Wexler will receive $400,000 over the five years to support her time and travel for herself and a research assistant.
Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler is mentioned in an Alaska Dispatch News story about a program designed to help prevent youth suicide in Native communities in Alaska. The story notes a drop in youth suicide rates in the Northwest Artcic over the past five years, which she credits to the Maniilaq Association in Northwest Alaska for helping with community-based programs that focus on self-determination.
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