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August 10, 2011

Gophers quarterback says Youth Studies class honed leadership skills

Marqueis GrayIn an interview in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Gophers football quarterback MarQueis Gray credits an internship program that was part of a Youth Studies class with helping to make him a better leader. Gray and teammates Brandon Green, Johnny Johnson, Eric Lair, Christyn Lewis, Da'Jon McKnight and Troy Stoudermire, all Youth Studies majors, took the Youthwork Internship class this summer.

The students spent three days a week in a supervised field learning experience working with the DeLaSalle High School football team. Youth Studies is part of the School of Social Work, and the class was instructed by Assistant Professsor Katie Johnston-Goodstar. Read the story in the Pioneer Press.

Professor McConnell appointed to governor's Early Learning Council

Scott McConnellScott McConnell, professor of Educational Psychology and director of community engagement in the Center for Early Education and Development, is one of 22 appointees who will serve on Governor Dayton's Early Learning Council. The council "will be responsible for advising the Governor, the Children's Cabinet, and the legislature on how to increase access to high quality state and federal early childhood care and education programs for all Minnesota learners -- including those who are part of underrepresented and special programs," according to an August 10 press release from the governor's office,

"Minnesota's future success depends upon building an education system that gives every child a chance to succeed," said Governor Dayton. "By starting early we can lay a strong foundation to ensure every learner has the tools to excel in the classroom, in our communities, and in life."

Read the full press release.

August 2, 2011

LaVoi featured in WCCO-TV segment on golf equipment

Nicole LaVoiDr. Nicole LaVoi, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, appeared with WCCO's Mark Rosen on a segment called "Practice, Not The Pro-Shop, Makes A Swing" at the Edinburgh Golf Course.

Watch the video:

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August 1, 2011

David W. Johnson receives National Register Award for Excellence

David JohnsonEducational Psychology emeritus professor David W. Johnson has been awarded the 2011 Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

The Wellner Award is the National Register's highest honor bestowed on a psychologist to commemorate numerous and significant contributions to psychology during a distinguished career. Dr. Johnson's nomination emphasized his contribution to the development and design of a series of psychology-based programs aimed at preventive mental health implemented in the schools (preschool through graduate school).

Hewitt new director of Research and Training Center on Community Living

Thumbnail image for Hewitt_Amy_140pixels_w.jpgAmy Hewitt, Ph.D., has been selected as the new director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) in the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI). She will assume the new role effective August 15, 2011, succeeding Charlie Lakin, Ph.D., who has been appointed director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education.

Hewitt has worked at the RTC for the past 20 years and has an extensive background of research, publishing, and training in the areas of services, supports, and policies impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has served as coordinator of the College of Education and Human Development's Certificate in Disability Policy and Services, jointly offered through ICI and the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and is also co-director of the Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities), a joint program of the Department of Pediatrics and ICI. She and her many colleagues within the RTC look forward to continuing to build upon the strong foundation for the center's internationally-respected work developed under Lakin's decades of leadership.

Kane takes on media portrayal of female athletes in The Nation

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Kinesiology professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is a featured columnist in a special issue of The Nation magazine devoted to the role and impact of sports in U.S. culture.

In this month's issue, titled "Views from Left Field," Kane's column presents a compelling critique of sport media related to the portrayal of female athletes and the notion of "sex sells," complete with a slide show illustrating her arguments. Kane's analysis is based on a research study she conducted with her advisee, Heather Maxwell (Ph.D. '09), and published in the Journal of Sport Management in May 2011.

Additional historical background and a slide show of media portrayals is available on the website of the Tucker Center.

July 29, 2011

Study on corporal punishment shows damage to kids' cognitive functions

CarlsonS-Pref.jpgA new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, and McGill University in Montreal indicates that children in schools that use corporal punishment perform worse in tasks involving executive functioning than those in schools relying on milder forms of discipline. Associate Professor Stephanie Carlson, one of the study's authors, followed 63 children in kindergarten or first grade at two West African private schools.

In one school, discipline in the form of beating with a stick, slapping of the head, and pinching was administered publicly and routinely for offenses ranging from forgetting a pencil to being disruptive in class. In the other school, children were disciplined for similar offenses with the use of time-outs and verbal reprimands. While overall performance on executive-functioning tasks--planning, abstract thinking, delayed gratification--was similar in the younger children from both schools, the 1st grade children in the non-punitive school scored significantly higher that those in the punitive school.

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July 28, 2011

Kinesiology students presenting posters at TRIO/McNair Scholars event August 2

Two Kinesiology B.S. students, Jordan Langen and Angela Ziemer, are presenting their research and posters at the U of M TRIO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program's Nineteenth Annual Poster Presentation and Reception. Jordan and Angela are two of twenty students from the U of M-Twin Cities and Carleton College who are conducting research this summer under the direction of distinguished faculty research mentors at the U of M. The gathering provides an excellent forum to display the research efforts of these exceptional McNair Scholars along with their faculty mentors.

Jordan, a senior, has been working with Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Jane Yank to present data from a marathon class offered in Kinesiology each spring. Angela, also a senior, is a pre-physical therapy student in the Clinical Movement Science subplan.

All are invited to attend the event on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union - Mississippi Room. Refreshments will be served.

July 27, 2011

Social Work Ph.D. student receives award from gerontology education group

Kilaberia-Rusudan.jpgSocial Work Ph.D. candidate Rusudan Kilaberia has received a Pre-Dissertation Initiative award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work. The association provides support each year for a cohort of 10 doctoral students who have completed the first year of doctoral studies. The goal is to support dissertation and career development in gerontological social work research and education. The students will receive more than 10 hours of programming delivered by nationally recognized experts in gerontological social work research and teaching prior to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in November in Boston.

July 26, 2011

Yolanda Majors to join C&I faculty as visiting professor

Yolanda J. Majors
Yolanda J. Majors, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), will join the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota as a visiting associate professor during the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. Majors will also hold a 50% appointment with the Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR) to enhance its work with K-12 schools to support teachers, particularly those who teach students of poverty, as they learn to effectively teach youth from diverse backgrounds to become competent readers and writers. She will also provide leadership throughout the College of Education and Human Development to support under-represented pre-tenured faculty members with structured mentoring opportunities and teach in the English education program area.

Edleson interviewed about violence and abuse case in St. Paul

Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson, director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, discussed the case of the 19-year-old who was nearly burned alive by his mother's boyfriend last week in St. Paul. Edleson told StarTribune columnist Gail Rosenblum that the young man's injuries could compel his mother to leave the abusive relationship. "Children are the reason women stay in abusive relationships. And children are the reason women leave abusive relationships," Edleson explained. Read the full article.

July 25, 2011

APAL members attend Progress in Motor Control VIII conference

APAL-Logo-02.gifMembers of Kinesiology's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) attended the Progress in Motor Control VIII conference, July 20-23, in Cincinnati. Those in attendance were PhD students Azizah Jor'dan, Sam Haag, Fu-Chen Chen, Yi-Chou Chen, and Yawen Yu; and Kinesiology movement science professors Tom Stoffregen and Michael Wade. Each of the attendees presented at least one poster, which are listed below:

Samuel Haag & Michael G. Wade. Changes in postural motion and heart rate responses in a gold putting competition

Azizah Jor'dan, Thomas A. Stoffregen, J. Riley Mccarten, & Michael G. Wade. Assessment of movement skills and perceptual judgment in older adults

Fu-Chen Chen & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural facilitation of a precision task at sea

Fu-Chen Chen, Michael G. Wade, Chia-Liang Tsai, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural Responses to suprapostural tasks in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder

Ken Yoshida & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Manual wielding and the dynamics of liquids

Yi-Chou Chen, Mitch Pajcic, Anthony M. Mayo, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Visual vigilance tasks influence stance width

Yi-Chou Chen, Jason Dong, Jens Hagstrom & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Control of a virtual avatar influences postural activity and motion sickness

Yawen Yu, Hyun-Chae Chung, Lauren A. Hemingway, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural sway and visual performance in women with and without morning sickness in pregnancy

Anthony M. Mayo, Michael G. Wade, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural effects of the horizon on land and at sea

Social work dual degree student receives fellowship for Uganda project

kaela picture.jpgKaela Glass, who is pursuing dual master's degrees in social work and public policy, has received a Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship for a project in Uganda. She will intern with WellShare International in Uganda, focusing on a monitoring and evaluation project with a community initiative that serves orphans and adults living with HIV/AIDS. She also will undertake community organizing activities to increase education and communication around sexual and reproductive health. In addition, she will work with local partners to draft a child protection policy to allow WellShare to better protect children with HIV from economic and sexual exploitation.

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July 22, 2011

Ingraham to teach course for American Physical Therapy Association

IngrahamS-2011.jpgStacy Ingraham, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, has been invited to present a day-long course September 24 for the Minnesota chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. The course, "Today's Athlete and the Science of Sports Performance Meet on the Field," will address issues related to the current culture of sport and how training of the athlete has changed, along with factors to consider to fully restore function and productivity to the injured competitive athlete and weekend warrior.

Dr. Lesley Scibora awarded postdoc in Kinesiology

Scibora-2011.JPGLesley Scibora, recent Ph.D. graduate in Kinesiology, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship for 2011-2012. Dr. Scibora will be working in collaboration with faculty and graduate students in three Kinesiology exercise science laboratories: Laboratory for Musculoskeletal Health, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science, and Human and Sport Performance Laboratory. A significant part of her assignment will be to conduct research with and for colleagues in the U of M Medical School on a number of NIH grants. She will also teach Kinesiology classes in the exercise science area.