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Cal State East Bay Students and Faculty to Present Research Studies at National Science Meeting

  • May 24, 2016 2:00pm

A Cal State East Bay research team will present two research studies at the 97th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, at the University of San Diego, June 14-17.

Using population-based data from the 2003-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the research team will present the results of two studies that analyze different factors associated with walking impairment in adults.

In one investigation, the researchers found that educational attainment helps to predict whether persons will suffer from a walking impairment, which is defined as difficulty walking one-quarter mile without equipment. Results from the other study showed that diabetes increases the chances that individuals will have difficulty walking one-quarter mile without equipment.

The research team formed in 2015 and has grown from two students, Ana Paula R. Bercot and Johnathan Burleson, and Dr. Stephen Morewitz, a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, to an interdisciplinary team of eight members that includes statistics and biostatistics graduate students Shikha K. Chugh and Ignacio P. Faria, and statistics and biostatistics professors Dr. Joshua Kerr, Dr. Eric Suess and Dr. Mitchell Watnik.

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