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The ICHR presents
3rd Thursday Seminar Series 2014-2015

Shawn Bearden’s career in exercise began as a collegiate, Olympic development program, and semi-professional soccer play. His degrees are in Sports Medicine (B.S., University of Virginia), Exercise Science & Health Promotion (M.S., George Mason University), and Exercise Physiology (Ph.D., Florida State University). Following postdoctoral training at the Yale School of Medicine, he joined the faculty at Idaho State University in 2004. His research spans cells to systems and includes both animal and human subjects. Funding has been provided by NIH, AHA, and NASA.

Physical inactivity is the leading risk factor for mortality in the United States, and fourth worldwide. The clinical community is in a process of change as organizations and health-care delivery teams begin to appreciate physical capacity as a vital sign. International initiatives such as the Exercise is Medicine ® campaign are leading the way toward patient education and engagement. There remains a significant need, however, to train clinicians in the central importance of exercise counseling and prescription and in their implementation in clinical practice. These topics will be reviewed in light of the speaker’s commitment to deliver exercise related teaching modules to all future health care providers at ISU. It is hoped that the presentation will include a lively conversation.

12:00 – 1:00 Meridian and Pocatello Campuses

March 19, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Pocatello: College of Pharmacy, LH 123 Meridian: Rm 735

Evaluating Middle Ear Function: New and Evolving Methods

Chris Sanford, PhD Associate Professor, Audiology Program, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Chris Sanford received his B.S. in Audiology and Psychology and his M.S. in Audiology from Brigham Young University and Ph.D. in Audiology from The University of Washington. He also completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha Nebraska. He joined Idaho State University in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Audiology Program. Chris teaches several graduate courses, is involved in research activities, and mentors students in the ISU Audiology Clinic. Chris' translational research interests focus mainly on the development of tools used for the assessment of middle ear function, with overarching goals of improving diagnosis and treatment of hearing-related disorders in pediatric populations.

At this 3rd Thursday Seminar, Dr. Sanford will share information about a new NIH funded study he and fellow colleagues have recently begun that is exploring how age-related changes in the middle ear influence new and innovative tests of middle ear function. Because the middle ear plays a vital role in transferring sound into the inner ear, and consequently, our ability to hear, it is important to know how this transfer of sound may altered via age-related changes in middle ear anatomy or through illness or injury. Advances in technology, relative to commonly used clinical tests, have allowed a more comprehensive and accurate analysis of middle ear function using measurements called wideband acoustic immittance (WAI). Chris will discuss some of the research surrounding these measurements and how research conducted at ISU will help enhance the clinical utility of these new tests.

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Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, her M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Social Health Psychology from Stony Brook University, and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Xu conducts research in neuroscience, cardiovascular behavioral medicine, and social psychology, as well as the intersections between these fields. She joined Idaho State University in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology.

At this 3rd Thursday Seminar, Dr. Xu will discuss how self-expansion can inform understanding of health behaviors and adherence. The self-expansion model states that people are intrinsically motivated to enhance their abilities to achieve goals by increasing their perspectives, identities, and resources. Self-expanding activities are characterized by novelty, excitement, and interest or challenge with examples including new hobbies, establishing relationships, and engaging in intellectual pursuits. Dr. Xu will discuss recent projects that show a link between self-expansion and improved outcomes including smoking cessation, reduced cigarette cue-reactivity (via fMRI neuroimaging studies), weight loss, greater physical activity, and greater self-monitoring adherence.

3rd Thursday Spring 2015

Feb 19 Mona Xu, PhD, Department of Psychology
March 19 Chris Sanford, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
April 16 Shawn Bearden, PhD, Department of Biology

Please contact Beth with questions and rsvp at or x 4177. If you would like to present your research, please contact Dr Rex Force at or x 3836.

Hope to see you there!