Former graduate student Liang Hu and six undergraduate students from Zhejiang University visited the EPL and the University of Illinois during their US visit, which also included a week at Iowa State University.
Dr. Hu is now an Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Sport Science at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.
Science Daily | Latin dancing may have health benefits for older adults
A four-month dance program helped older Latino adults walk faster and improved their physical fitness, which may reduce their risk for heart disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions. Continue.
The News Gazette | She does it again
University of Illinois alum Tatyana McFadden will be competing in next year’s Paralympic Games following her victory Sunday morning at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. McFadden captured her fifth consecutive victory in the women’s wheelchair race, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 41 minutes, 10 seconds. She broke her own course record of 1:42:35, set in 2013. “I have my ticket for Rio for next year,” she said following the race. “It was really challenging this year because the wind direction kept changing. I used the wind to my advantage.” Continue.
Business Insider | The 16 most beautiful and iconic American college quads
Although the college quad first became associated with academia on the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge, most of America’s great universities now feature a central space surrounded by residence halls and classrooms. Many of these collegiate spaces appear on the US National Register of Historic Places and are considered among the most iconic examples of American architecture and design.
The UIUC Main Quad houses Foellinger Auditorium, a concert space and lecture hall that can seat over 1,500 students. Continue.
Well | Does exercise really make us smarter?
Exercise seems to be good for the human brain, with many recent studies suggesting that regular exercise improves memory and thinking skills. But an interesting new study asks whether the apparent cognitive benefits from exercise are real or just a placebo effect — that is, if we think we will be “smarter” after exercise, do our brains respond accordingly? The answer has significant implications for any of us hoping to use exercise to keep our minds sharp throughout our lives. Continue.
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The Boston Globe | American Tatyana McFadden wins again
Tatyana McFadden made her 25th birthday a winning one, defending her women’s wheelchair title at the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday. McFadden won last year’s race in her Boston debut, and made it 2-for-2 in impressive fashion. Continue.
Science Daily | Child’s obesity, cognitive function linked, study finds
A University of Illinois study finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring. Continue.
News Bureau Illinois | New evidence shows increase in obesity may be slowing, but not by much
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referred to an August 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that showed a decline in the obesity rate among low-income preschool children, saying, “Michelle’s Let’s Move! partnership with schools, businesses and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years, and that’s an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come.” While the CDC report’s data is encouraging, a new study published by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An shows the notion that the American obesity epidemic has begun to reverse may be premature. Continue.
News Bureau Illinois | William T. Greenough, an early explorer of brain plasticity, dies at 69
William T. Greenough, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Illinois and a pioneer in studies of brain plasticity and development, died Dec. 18 in Seattle, of complications associated with Lewy Body Dementia. As a researcher at Illinois, Greenough explored the neural basis of learning and memory and the effects of aging, exercise, injury and environmental enrichment on the brain. “Bill was one of the towering figures in neuroscience, not only on this campus but around the world,” said Neal J. Cohen, a professor of psychology at Illinois and the director of the Neuroscience Program once led by Greenough. “His work led the way in illuminating experience-related plasticity in the mammalian brain, overcoming early views that sensory and motor systems of the brain were largely fixed very early in life, showing instead that the development of new synapses occurred in response to environmental enrichment and learning.” Continue.