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UW College of Health Sciences Research Day April 14

April 13, 2017

Students in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences will showcase their research and hear from two experts on autism during the college’s annual Grand Rounds/Research Day Friday, April 14.

Students and faculty also will present posters illustrating their research. Posters will be on display in the Wyoming Union Family Room beginning at 8:30 a.m. until the presentation of the student and faculty research awards, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The public is invited to all of the day’s events.

The two keynote speakers are:

-- Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, a medical epidemiologist and chief of the developmental disabilities branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. She will discuss “The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder from a Public Health Perspective” at 11 a.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room. She also is an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University.

-- Eric Moody, an assistant professor of psychiatry for JFK Partners at the University of Colorado-Denver. His talk is “Autism in Rural and Frontier Communities: The Power of Engagement to Overcome Barriers” at 1:30 p.m., also in the Wyoming Union Family Room. He is the co-principal investigator on a grant that is developing and testing a parent-based mentoring program to improve well-being in families who have children newly diagnosed with autism.

Joe Steiner, UW College of Health Sciences dean, will give opening remarks at 8:45 a.m.

Student and faculty presentations are:

-- 9 a.m. -- “Efficacy of high-intensity resistance training for older adults,” Scarlett Barnes, Division of Kinesiology and Health master’s degree candidate.

-- 9:20 a.m. -- “Biomechanical comparison of isometric back and belt squats,” Jacob Layer, Division of Kinesiology and Health master’s degree candidate.

-- 9:40 a.m. -- “Biological and psychological factors associated with intense competition in Nordic skiing,” Kyle Bochanski, Division of Kinesiology and Health master’s degree candidate.

-- 10:30 a.m. -- “Jump-landing mechanics and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk,” Boyi Dai, Division of Kinesiology and Health assistant professor.

-- 2:30 p.m. -- “Dietary Fat: An impetus for maladaptive changes in the brain,” Travis Brown, UW School of Pharmacy assistant professor.

For more information about Grand Rounds/Research Day, call Qin (Arthur) Zhu, Division of Kinesiology and Health associate professor, at (307) 766-5752 or email

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