Kinesiology (KIN)

New overseas programs to help students engage in high-impact learning

Students in the College of Human Sciences will have four additional opportunities to study abroad next summer.

Apparel, events, and hospitality management will offer two programs: one in Taiwan and Japan, and another in the Czech Republic. Human development and family studies will offer a program in Denmark, and the School of Education faculty will offer a program in western Europe.

College of Human Sciences and departmental scholarship recipients recognized

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences celebrated student scholarship recipients and donors on Oct. 13 at the annual scholarship recognition event in the Scheman Building. 

Pitchford breaks barriers to exercise for youth with developmental disabilities

Andy Pitchford is improving the lives of youth with developmental disabilities by enhancing their physical activity inside and outside the classroom.

“I’ve always wanted to provide a public good for the people participating in my research,” said Pitchford, a new assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University. “Whether it’s learning about their body composition and health through DXA scan results, or riding a bicycle for the first time, it’s about picking up something they didn’t have before they participated in an intervention.”

Pease Family Scholar will discuss genetics of physical activity in ISU lecture Oct. 19

A federally funded scientist who now serves as the director of Texas A&M University’s Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance will speak at Iowa State University on Thursday, Oct. 19.

J. Timothy Lightfoot will present “Can You Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics of Physical Activity” at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Lightfoot is the Department of Kinesiology’s 2017-18 Pease Family Scholar. His talk is free and open to the public.

High-intensity workouts send the wrong message, says Iowa State professor

As high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has grown in popularity, so has the debate over whether it is an effective public health solution. Kinesiology professor Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis says the workouts are not sustainable for the majority of people who are trying to lose weight and move more.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Meyer leverages exercise studies to boost mental, physical health

Jacob Meyer is on a mission to bring the benefits of exercise to more Americans — including those who, due to chronic physical or mental conditions, have unique relationships with exercise routines.

“Learning about biological mechanisms can inform mental health treatment,” said Meyer, a new assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University.

Human scientists celebrate passion for helping people

A weeklong celebration of the College of Human Sciences will this year showcase how the college’s people and programs are joined by a common bond of helping others.

New hire in kinesiology enhances Iowa State’s relationship with Des Moines University

After several years of collaborating with Iowa State University, Jim Lang officially joins the faculty here this fall with a speciality in exercise physiology — or understanding the mechanics behind how the body responds to movement.

Iowa State boxing program powers through Parkinson’s disease

In the 1976 film "Rocky," boxer Rocky Balboa tells his girlfriend Adrian that he fights because he can’t sing or dance. Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University, is helping people with Parkinson’s disease do all three.

In her latest outreach effort, Stegemöller, a neuroscientist who leads Parkinson’s singing groups and music and movement groups, has formed a research partnership with Olivia Meyer, a National Collegiate Boxing Association national champion in 2014 and 2015.

Brain research aims to reduce effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

From music therapy to better nutrition and exercise, College of Human Sciences researchers are providing expertise in Iowa State University’s revolutionary brain initiative aimed at reducing effects of debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.