2018 UWM Research features work at College of Health Sciences

David Cornell poses between two firetrucks parked in a firestation.

The 2018 edition of UWM Research has launched, celebrating the stories and work of nearly 100 UWM faculty members, students and staff… including several of the College of Health Sciences’ own.

Kinesiology and physical therapy graduate student David Cornell (pictured above) is researching a particular physiological indicator of a glitch in the body’s autonomic nervous system that can contribute to a sudden cardiac event after high-intensity activity… a No. 1 cause of death in firefighters.

Read more about Cornell and his work in “Exercise and the telltale heart.

College of Health Sciences Dean Ron Cisler and Assistant Professor Jennifer Fink, PhD, Department of Health Informatics & Administration, have each conducted studies about the effectiveness of employee wellness programs. They say successful employee wellness programs require more than cash incentives and good intentions.

Read more about Cisler and Fink in “Wellness programs worth the weight.

A blend of compassion and practicality has characterized the career of Professor Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow, Department of Occupational Science & Technology and director, Research Design & Disability (R2D2) Center. And his lifelong commitment to helping people with disabilities mirrors UWM’s even longer commitment to the same goal.

Read more about Smith in “Making anything possible.

Professor and Chair Ann Swartz, PhD, ACSM Fellow, Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion Unit, and graduate student Nathan Tokarek, explored whether the benefits of standing desks extend to elementary school kids. They found positive effects on two fronts: an increase in physical activity during waking hours and better concentration in the classroom for younger students.

Read more about Swartz and Tokarek in “Taking a stand helps students” and watch a video.

The 60-page UWM Research contains some 50 articles that showcase people from UWM’s other research-conducting schools and colleges. In addition to in-depth features, there are sections dedicated to spotlighting UWM’s research on energy, health and wellness. The magazine also devotes sections to the impressive work of UWM’s undergraduate and graduate researchers. Together, these stories show why UWM is one of America’s top research universities.