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June 16, 2014

College of Human Ecology funds four research projects

Submitted by Jane P. Marshall

Four faculty projects have been funded by the College of Human Ecology for up to $5,000 each. They are:

  • Annika Linde, research assistant professor of human nutrition, for "Effect of the Nationally Occurring Antimicrobial Peptides LL37 and K9CATH on Lung Cell Health." Linde and colleagues will evaluate the effect of cathelicidin co-treatment on pulmonary epithelial cell health in an effort to develop new measures against the life-threatening complications of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
  • Minyoung Suh and Ji Hye Kang for "Functional and Emotional Impact of Breast Size and a Sports Bra on Exercise-Induced Discomfort." The assistant professors of apparel and textiles expect to understand functional and emotional demands of sports bra users and to produce information leading to a better engineered sports bra for increased physical activity and improved health.
  • Joyce Baptist for "Advancing evidence-based practice for depression by using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to Treat Depression." The associate professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services will identify changes in neurological functioning throughout the duration of EMDR therapy. The therapy, an evidence-based treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, has shown promising results in treating other forms of mental health issues.
  • Bryan D. Orthel for "Identity, Community History and Place: Oral Histories, 2014-2015." The assistant professor of interior design will extend his research into how individuals understand their physical communities. In this branch of the project, he will record interviews with residents of a rural Idaho community.