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Wellness Series 1: Health-Enhancing Environments and Citizen Science | Abby King

Today’s episode is the first in a three-part series looking at wellness through the lenses of movement, sleep, and mindset. For today’s conversation, Melissa and Hannah invite Professor Abby King to discuss movement. Abby is an award-winning Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Her research focuses on the development, evaluation, and translation of public health intervention to reduce chronic disease in the US and globally. Through her research, Abby has found that one of the main barriers to healthy movement practices is environment. Thus, her research centers not only on individuals, but individuals within given contexts. Abby explains what it can look like for an environment to foster movement, encourages simple queues and social support, and describes different forms of healthy movement. They end the conversation with a discussion about the intersection of human and planetary and what Abby is most excited about in her field.

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– HARTS Lab website: https://med.stanford.edu/healthyaging.html
– Our Voice: Citizen Science for Health Equity: https://med.stanford.edu/ourvoice.html

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Today we are talking with Professor Jacob Goodin. Jacob is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, and was previously the head strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist for Eastern Tennessee State University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams. We learn more about Jacob’s work in the lab and as a biomechanics teacher for many students around the world through his fantastic YouTube channel. His videos spanning movement science – from at-home workouts to statistics in kinesiology, all taught in a free, accessible, and exciting way – so much to learn from!

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Connect with Jacob Goodin!
Jacob’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrJacobGoodin/
Jacob’s faculty profile: https://www.pointloma.edu/faculty/jacob-goodin-phd-cscs-isak-ii

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Other resources:
The Biomechanics of Movement course on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3vG2068

We had a great conversation with Professor Nadia Azar, an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor. For the first time on BOOM, we learn about the biomechanics of drumming and playing other musical instruments. Nadia shares her findings on the mechanics of how playing-related injuries occur and how to prevent them, along with her own journey through biomechanics and music, and how learnings from each can inform the other. One of our favorite takeaways was from Nadia is where she talks about her quest to be an imperfectionist, and learns that at some point you just have to say, “F*** it, the essence is there.”

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Connect with Nadia!
Bio: https://www.uwindsor.ca/kinesiology/455/dr-nadia-azar
Twitter: @DrNadiaAzar

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Additional resources:
– TED Ed animation from Bit of BOOM “How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng
– Music Education and the Brain: What Does It Take to Make a Change? – Anita Collins, 2014: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/8755123313502346

We talked with Professor Hamid Charkhkar from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Anna Smith, a former Case Western student and research assistant in Professor Charkhkar’s neuroprosthesis group. We discussed the importance of being open to feedback from all stakeholders for human-centered research, how to translate that into holistic treatment strategies personalized to individual users, and about the impactful neuroprostheses that integrate sensory abilities being developed by Hamid’s lab. Anna highlights her experience learning that “I don’t know” is a valid answer in research while Hamid reminds us that things not going according to plan is an expectation in human research.

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Connect with Hamid!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charkhkar/

Profile: https://www.aptcenter.research.va.gov/staff/investigators/charkhkar/

Connect with Anna!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aks174/

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Resources Bit of BOOM: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-021-00966-9

This Student Voices episode is hosted by Michael Rose, a former clinical research coordinator and soon-to-be PhD student. In the episode Michael interviews three friends and colleagues – Ophelie Herve from UCLA, Gabi Diaz from CU Boulder, and Garrett Weidig from Michigan State University – on their experiences starting their PhD programs in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics range from integrating into new environments under lockdown measures and the pandemic’s impact on early research progress to how expectations were managed and advice for future graduate students.

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