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Hundreds attend popular Human Performance Lab open house

Around 600 sports science and sports medicine high school students, shepherded by 30 teachers, jammed into the HPL on Wednesday, taking in a variety of fun displays and hands-on demonstrations, ranging from molecular and cellular imaging of musculoskeletal tissues, to whole human movement analysis, to force platforms, pressure measurement systems, and instrumented sports equipment (e.g. cross-country skis). The high school open house, which ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., was followed by a public open house which saw over 250 visitors visiting the lab and taking in some standing-room-only lectures from HPL researchers Raylene Reimer, PhD, and Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, on Nutrition Myths and Exercise as Medicine.

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Walking on the moon

As it turns out, Sting was wrong, "Giant Steps" are in fact, not needed to walk on the moon. New research on locomoting in moon gravity, by KNES researcher Brent Edwards (PhD) shows you can walk and maybe even run on the moon. Find out more about why the researchers were examining "moon walking"with NASA, and how they tested moon gravity, without leaving the planet. 

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Happy?

New Kinesiology study focuses on exercise as a way to feel better and reduce stress. Can exercise really make you happier? A new study by the University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology is hoping to add to the growing body of literature that shows physical active may also improve your mental state along with your health. We need 100 first year students to take part in the study, you could receive a Garmin Vivo Fit wrist band! 

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Stride for Thrive a huge success! 

What a fantastic weekend for the Thrive Centre! The Centre's annual fun run, which was held yesterday set a new record for donations and for the number of participants.  The Thrive Centre is a free exercise facility for cancer patients and survivors, created by KNES researcher Nicole Culos-Reed (PhD). The race, like the lab is mostly run by Kinesiology student volunteers. 

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Chris Newell awarded Mitochondrial Disease scholarship.

Chris Newell, a PhD student in Kinesiology researcher Jane Shearer's (PhD) lab, was awarded the first Mitochondrial Disease PhD Scholarship funded by the MitoCanada foundation and is the only recipient for 2014.

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