Research Topic/Purpose of the study: The purpose of this study is to determine whether pre and post tongue muscle performance measures differ following a six-week stretching protocol of skeletal muscles.

Procedures: Participants will complete two testing sessions (pre and post), six weeks apart, assessing tongue strength and endurance using the IOPI device and assessing flexibility using the DARI MotionCapture system.

Time: Participation will include two, 45 minute-one hour testing sessions (pre/post).

  • Stretching group: will also include self-conducted stretching sessions three times per week for six weeks.
  • Control group: will maintain current activity level throughout the study.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Participants must be age 18 or older
  • Currently not engaged in moderate to high-intensity exercise four+ days per week
  • No known neurological disorder or recent oral surgery
  • No known muscular, orthopedic or functional movement disorder
  • Not under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol

Location: 210 Heskett Center, Human Performance Laboratory

Sign-up: Those interested in volunteering for the study can schedule a time online.

For any questions or concerns, contact Jennifer Fernandez at jxfernandez2@shockers.wichita.edu, Zainab Khan at zfkhan@shockers.wichita.edu or Dr. Heidi Bell at heidi.bell@wichita.edu, or call 316.978.5150.

Wichita State University Spring 2024 Commencement. Volunteers Needed May 11. Three shifts available. Learn more at wichita.edu/commencement

Volunteers are needed May 11 at Charles Koch Arena for Wichita State’s spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony. Three volunteer shifts are available: 7:30-11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Volunteers will welcome guests and graduates at the event, and food will be provided.

The 2024 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) is seeking faculty, staff and community volunteers to judge during the poster session April 12 in the Rhatigan Student Center.

The URCAF Committee is counting on volunteers to serve as judges. This is a great opportunity to engage with Wichita State undergraduate students and learn about the exciting research students are engaging in across campus.

Science Olympiad logo

The Kansas Science Olympiad state tournament will be at WSU Saturday, April 6. Science Olympiad is a team competition for middle schools and high schools in which students compete in several different STEM events throughout the day.

The tournament needs many volunteers to help with various administrative tasks throughout the day or assist with the events. No science background is needed to help.

The Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors the Kansas Science Olympiad program, with the state tournament hosted at Wichita State each spring.

Contact Jill Fisher for more information at jill.fisher@wichita.edu or sign up to volunteer online.

Community Service Board logo

Would you like to get more involved and volunteer with your fellow shockers this spring? The Community Service Board has several upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer opportunities include serving a meal at the Lord’s Diner, cleaning-up the areas around the Arkansas River, volunteering with the United Way, Kansas Food Bank Warehouse, tree planting, helping with the Child Development Center’s Easter egg hunt and carnival and more.

For questions, email CSB@wichita.edu or call 316-978-3022.

A Doctor of Audiology student is conducting a study on different procedures of a clinical test evaluating the function of the inner ear.

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, have normal hearing, have not had an ear infection in the past three months or have not had a cold or flu in the past two weeks.

Participants will receive a no-cost comprehensive hearing evaluation and ear examination prior to testing. The testing will take about an hour in 106 Hubbard Hall. Those interested in volunteering can contact Edie Reese at emreese@shockers.wichita.edu or 316-680-5047 or Xiao-Ming Sun, professor of audiology, at xiao-ming.sun@wichita.edu.

The Department of Public Health Science, along with the Biomedical Engineering Department and School of Nursing, are conducting an interdisciplinary research project centered on developing a fetal heart rate monitor that would be more comfortable, non-invasive and practical for pregnant women.

This project involves non-invasive, external data collection of maternal and fetal heart rate during a data collection session that will take place at the WSU campus.

The data collection will take approximately 40 minutes and can be scheduled at a time that works for you. If you are interested in participating and feel that you meet the criteria listed, complete the survey at the link below. Also, if you know someone who would be interested in participating, feel free to share the link with them.

Inclusion criteria: Women who are 37-40 weeks pregnant

Participants in the data collection will also be able to receive $50 compensation for their time.

Contact head researcher Dr. Keene Woods at nikki.keenewoods@wichita.edu or student researcher Anna Brake at axbrake@shockers.wichita.edu with any questions regarding the study.  

The College of Engineering is looking for volunteers for this years’ third annual Wichita State Engineering 5k Saturday, Feb. 24.

Several volunteers are needed to help outline the race route where barricades will be placed. Volunteers will need to be at the John Bardo Center lobby by 8:15 a.m. on event day and will finish by 10:15 a.m., the race starts at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be provided a free T-shirt and breakfast.

Email Jacob Mendez at jacob.mendez@wichita.edu for any questions.

Research topic/purpose for the study: To assess what muscle(s) or muscle groups activate and how an individual’s physiological measures (heart rate, blood pressure, muscle oxygen saturation, cardiorespiratory) respond in different position settings (i.e., Power Climb, Power Stairs, Power Sled) while engaging in physical activity on the Challenger.

Procedures: Participants will perform physical activity (e.g., movement of arms and/or legs through a full range of motion) in different body position settings on Challenger, a new fitness device. During the assessment, you will be fitted with electromyography (EMG) electrodes to record muscle response and muscle activity during movement on the device. Heart rate, blood pressure, muscle oxygen saturation and rate of perceived exertion will also be measured. Physical activity in each body position setting will last at least two minutes and no more than 15 minutes while maintaining a heart rate between 60-75% estimated heart rate max.

Time: Participation is expected to last about 45-60 minutes.

Inclusion/exclusion criteria: 

  • Participants must be age 18 or older
  • No known neuromuscular, orthopedic disorder that may negatively impact body movement
  • No known cardiorespiratory or metabolic health condition(s)
  • No history of previous or current injuries that would impair movement

Location: Human Performance Laboratory, 210 Heskett Center

For any questions or concerns, email Dr. Heidi Bell at heidi.bell@wichita.edu or call 316-978-5150.

A Doctor of Audiology student is conducting a study on different procedures of a clinical test evaluating the function of the inner ear.

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, have normal hearing, have not had an ear infection in the past three months or have not had a cold or flu in the past two weeks.

Participants will receive a no-cost comprehensive hearing evaluation and ear examination prior to testing. The testing will take about an hour in 106 Hubbard Hall. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Edie Reese at emreese@shockers.wichita.edu or 316-680-5047 or Xiao-Ming Sun, professor of audiology, at xiao-ming.sun@wichita.edu.