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New interdisciplinary initiative on women's health awarded grant

Three professors' interdisciplinary initiative, the Women's Health Integrative Research Lab (WHIRL), has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Gertrude R. Shiely Charitable Trust.

Professor Marcella Myers (biology), Associate Professor Cort Cieminski (doctorate of physical therapy), and Associate Professor Mark Blegen (exercise and sports science) have collaborated to create a new human performance lab.

About WHIRL
Focusing on healthy living and healthy body image, the new lab will be housed in Fontbonne Hall on the St. Kate's St. Paul campus. It will provide both research and practical application opportunities for students studying women’s health issues across a number of disciplines.

For example, a proposed research project studying the impact of massage on weight loss in women will give students in psychology, nutrition, exercise and sports science and biology a multi-disciplinary research team opportunity.

Other team projects will give students and faculty from a variety of health-related disciplines, including physical therapy, opportunities to test their theories.

In addition, the new lab will give the St. Kate’s Athletic Department access to tools designed to test an athlete’s progress toward both physical and performance goals, while providing exercise science majors with a professional setting in which to put theoretical knowledge into hands-on practice.

Aug. 20, 2010 by Julie Michener

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