The plight of the modern coalminer

Open-​​pit coalminers who drive heavy-​​duty vehi­cles face a unique brand of whole-​​body vibra­tion caused by oper­ating this equip­ment. Backed by a new grant from the Alpha Foun­da­tion, phys­ical therapy pro­fessor Jack Den­ner­lein will explore its effect on the body.

The stressed-​​out brain

Heather Bren­house, an assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology, has received a grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to explore the con­nec­tion between child­hood trauma and ado­les­cent mental illness.

New research takes aim at heart’s ‘safe zone’

Backed by a $1.2 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health, physics pro­fessor Alain Karma is part of a research team studying how a par­tic­ular class of gene muta­tions in humans sig­nif­i­cantly increases the risk of sudden car­diac arrest by dis­turbing the heart’s elec­trical signaling.