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ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions to Hold Research Day Activities March 13 in Boise and Pocatello

February, 19, 2009

The Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day 2009 will be held March 13 in Boise and Pocatello and features keynote speaker Anna Schwartz, Ph.D., author of the book “Cancer Fitness, Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors.”

The event’s theme is “Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing, and Interpreting.” It runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is required and can be done at

Health care providers, ISU faculty, students and the public are invited to the event that features work accomplished by health researchers across the state. It will be held in the Pond Student Union and the Oboler Library in Pocatello, and at ISU-Boise, 12301 W. Explorer Drive.

 Activities will be broadcast via two-way, interactive video from Pocatello to Boise and vice versa. In total, there will be 10 research study presentations.

Keynote speaker Schwartz will give her presentation “Significance of Patient Pacing: Cancer and Exercise” from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Schwartz, professor and chair at Scottsdale Health Care Research in Scottsdale, Ariz., focuses on improving the quality of life of cancer patients through physical activity and symptom management. Her program of research tests the effects of different exercise regimens on the physical and emotional health of survivors during and following cancer treatment.

Schwartz maintains a practice in a clinical setting at the Northern Arizona Cancer Center where she is Breast Center program coordinator and nurse practitioner. Her book, “Cancer Fitness,” was published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster and includes a forward by Lance Armstrong. “Cancer Fitness” takes the current research on exercise for cancer patients and makes this information available for survivors and their families. Schwartz is an avid cyclist and former world-class racer.

Sign-in for the event is from 8 to 8:30 a.m.; Linda Hatzenbuehler, dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions, will give a welcoming address at 8:30 a.m.; a research panel discussion will take place from 10 to 10:50 a.m., concurrent paper presentations will occur from 11 to 11:50 a.m.; and from noon to 1:30 p.m. there will be a luncheon with poster presentations.

Research Day topics and speakers include:

•  “Telepsychiatry: Increased Mental Health Access in Rural Idaho and Wyoming,” by Neil Piland, Ph.D., research professor and director of the ISU Institute of Rural Health;

• “The Effectiveness of Multimedia Instructions for Learning Psychomotor Skills,” by Kevin Helgeson, ISU instructor of physical and occupational therapy;

• “Responsible Conduct of Research: Data Management,” by Deb Easterly, Ph.D., Director of Research Development and Compliance, ISU Office of Research;

• “The Experience of Live Supervision,” by Rebecca Koltz;

• “The Brotherhood of Pain: The experience and management of persistent pain among college football players,” by Gesine Hearn, ISU associated professor of sociology and criminal justice;

• “Rape-accepting Attitudes of ISU Undergraduate Students,” by Kenneth Talbot;

• “Everyone Needs to Be Heard: The Phenomenology of Deafness in Rural Idaho,” by Kristy Buffinton, ISU associate professor of physician assistant studies;

• “’Virtual’ Anatomy & Physiology Lab: An Oxymoron?” by Bernadette Howlett, ISU associate professor of physician assistant studies;

• “What is the Impact of Spirituality on Health?” by Paula Phelps, ISU clinical coordinator physician assistant studies; and

• “Lifeflight Ventilator Project: Identifying Teaching Styles in a Critical Care Setting,” by Elizabeth Cartwright, ISU associate professor of anthropology.

ISU-Boise will have two podium presentations by graduate students:

• “Investigation of Vocabulary Acquisition for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing,” by Kristin Negilski and Julie Crandall; and

• “A Longitudinal Study: Comparing Receptive and Expressive Spoken Language Skills for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing,” by Kristin Negilski, Rick Tivis and Sydney Harris