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Congratulations, Dr. Awick!

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Congratulations to EPL graduate research assistant, Elizabeth A. Awick, on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation:

“Exercise Duration for Cognitive Health in Breast Cancer Survivors”

Click here to learn more about Elizabeth’s research interests.

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Many of the EPL alumni back together again for dinner at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine – sporting EPL t-shirts of course!

 

Ehlers Accepts New Position

Diane Ehlers, an American Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Fellow in the EPL, recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.

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Congratulations, Diane!

EPL Alum Takes New Position

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Curt Lox, an EPL Alumnus and currently the Dean of the School of Education, Health & Human Behavior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has accepted a new position.  He will become the Dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida in July.

Congratulations and the best of luck to Curt!

Presented to a current Undergraduate Research Assistant who has demonstrated the EDDIE qualities of Excellence, Dedication, Diligence, Integrity, and Efficiency in the Exercise Psychology Lab.

Students who have been chosen to be members of the EPL research team have already shown themselves to be exemplary students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.  The recipient of this award, presented on a regular basis throughout the academic year, has been chosen because actions demonstrated in recent weeks exemplify the EDDIE qualities that help make the EPL a success.

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The EDDIE Award goes to: Caroline Walsh

…for her enthusiasm, dedication and diligence with EPL protocols, and warmth and friendliness with all research participants

Keep up the great work, Caroline!

Congratulations to Susan Houseworth for receiving the Academic Professional Excellence Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences!

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Message from the Dean: “Providing high quality service and instruction to our undergraduate students is a point of particular pride in the College of AHS. We are proud of Susan’s commitment to excellence and are pleased to recognize her achievements in this area.  Her accomplishments are a positive reflection on all of us.”

Science Daily | Math learned best when children move

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Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies. Well-being and learning among school age children has a significant impact on how children fare later on in life. Therefore, frameworks for elementary school teaching and learning must be optimized.  Continue.

Move More & Be Happy

NYT Well | Get up and move. It may make you happier.

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When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to psychological health. Epidemiological studies have found, for example, that people who exercise or otherwise are active typically are less prone to depression and anxiety than sedentary people. Continue.

BBC Health | Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

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Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older. As people age, their cells age, causing DNA protectors to shorten and fray. But health and lifestyle factors may speed up the process, researchers from California said. Even in old age, it was important to keep active and avoid sitting for more than 10 hours a day, they said. Continue.

UIUC KCH | Elizabeth Awick accepted into the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

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Elizabeth Awick, a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, has been accepted to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Elizabeth, a graduate research assistant working under the direction of Dr. Edward McAuley, was one of a small pool of award recipients, selected from over 130 applicants. This prestigious program provides training for individuals in the field of cancer prevention and control. Continue.