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HEALTH & EXERCISE SCIENCE (CONT.)
Steve Messier was awarded nearly $6M from the NIH to conduct WE-CAN:
Weight loss and exercise for communities with arthritis in North Carolina.
Obesity is a modifiable risk factor for knee osteoarthritis (OA), and weight
loss is an effective nonpharmacologic treatment to reduce pain. Under ideal,
highly controlled circumstances, the WFU research team determined that a
10-percent diet-induced weight loss combined with exercise was twice as
effective at relieving pain as either intervention alone. This pragmatic com-
munity-based trial will determine if these benefits can be translated to real-
world settings. Results will provide a blueprint for clinicians and public
health officials in urban and rural communities to implement a much-needed
weight loss and exercise program designed to reduce knee pain and improve
other clinical outcomes in overweight and obese adults with knee OA.
PSYCHOLOGY
William Fleeson, R. Michael Furr, Eranda Jayawickreme, and Christian
Miller, PHILOSOPHY, have been awarded almost $4M by the Templeton
Religion Trust to conduct The Beacon Project: Founding a field of the morally
exceptional. The project aims (a) to develop a field that studies moral excel-
lence, equivalent in scope to the fields that study exceptional cognitive abil-
ity; (b) to integrate philosophical, theological, and psychological expertise to
characterize its sources and qualities; and (c) to answer major questions
about it, including how it can be inculcated. To achieve these aims, the team
is requesting and supporting proposals for research on the morally excep-
tional; hosting two research conferences and a summer seminar; and devel-
oping a relevant website and campus reading group and lecture series.
Outstanding Projects
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