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Standing, Stretching and Soaking Up Sun: Healthy Office Habits Make a Major Difference

Dr. Esther Sternberg, director of research at the Center for Integrative Medicine and the UA's resident expert on workplace well-being, offers advice for staying healthy at the office – like standing, stretching and getting outside. "Add up every single day of your working life and these small, incremental improvements on a daily basis truly add up to a much happier, healthier life," she says. "You can even begin to think of your office as your new gym."

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BMJ OEM paper on workplace design impacts on activity and stress

Office environments have been causally linked to workplace-related illnesses and stress, yet little is known about how office workstation type is linked to objective metrics of physical activity and stress. We aimed to explore these associations among office workers in US federal office buildings.


UAIPW team part of IARPA MOSAIC program in partnership with Lockheed Martin

The MOSAIC program seeks to to use unobtrusive and passive sensing to predict an individual's work performance via wearable and environmental sensors.

MOSAIC aims to advance the Intelligence Community's multimodal sensing capabilities to evaluate and assess job performance of individuals throughout their career as well as shorten the time and effort typically required to process and integrate this information.


University of Arizona professor/engineer focuses on architecture's impact on humans

Altaf Engineer is a new University of Arizona assistant professor in — you guessed it — architecture.


UA Architect Aims to Build a Better World

Architect and assistant professor Altaf Engineer is on a mission to help people through innovative architecture and design.


Expert on Science of Place and Wellbeing Named Chair of National Library of Medicine Board of Regents

Esther Sternberg, MD, director of research at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, founding director of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing, and professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named chair of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Board of Regents.


Optimizing Workplace Design for Health: UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing at 'Greenbuild,' Nov. 9 in Boston

The health of millions of office workers—and the cost of lost time due to workplace-related illnesses—may be positively impacted by research that will be presented by the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing and the U.S. General Services Administration at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world's largest conference and expo for design-related industry professionals.


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UA IPWP Leadership and Core Faculty


Esther M. Sternberg MD,
Director Institute on Place, Wellbeing, and Performance
Research Director, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
Andrew Weil Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine

Research Faculty

Altaf Engineer, Ph.D., NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Professor, UA IPWP | School of Architecture, CAPLA

Omar Youssef
Research Associate, UA IPWP | Lecturer, School of Architecture, CAPLA

Erica Baranski, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, UA IPWP

Aletheia Ida, Ph.D., Architect
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, CAPLA

UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Robert Miller, AIA, Director, Architecture
Brooks Jeffery, MS, Professor

UA Department of Psychology, College of Science

Matthias Mehl, Ph.D., Professor, Director, Naturalistic Observation of Social Interaction Laboratory
Alexander Danvers, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate

UA IPWP Affiliates

Data7, Data Science Institute:
Nirav Merchant, Director, Information Technology – Arizona Research Labs Co-PI, CyVerse Image Informatics (Interim)
Susan Miller, Deputy Director for Research Cyberinfrastructure - Data7

Center for Biomedical Informatics & Biostatistics:
Dean Billheimer, Ph.D., Director, Statistics Consulting Laboratory (StatLab), Biostatistics Professor, Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC)

Sudha Ram, PhD, Director
Faiz Currim, PhD, Researcher
Karthik Srinivasan, MS

iCAMP Baylor College of Medicine (Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance):
Bijan Najafi, PhD, Director
Javad Razjouyan, PhD, M.BME, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Hung Nguyen, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate