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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:

August 1, 2011

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 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 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

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.

July 20, 2011

Tucker Center affiliated scholar participates in panel forum

Kent Kaiser.jpgTucker Center Affiliated Scholar Kent Kaiser, Ph.D., participated in a panel forum entitled "Your Personal Brand" at the Minneapolis Hyatt on July 15. This was a special event sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Minnesota Chapter. Kaiser talked about how individuals and organizations (like the Tucker Center) can and should communicate through social media and become "experts" in specific academic and professional topics thereby filling a niche, spreading knowledge, and attracting followers.

July 19, 2011

Kane quoted in Nation article

KaneMJ-2005.jpgMary Jo Kane, professor of sport sociology in Kinesiology, was interviewed by Dave Zirin for an article in The Nation on "raunch culture" and the Women's World Cup soccer games. The term refers to women athletes appearing in seductive poses in men's magazines to "sell" their sport.

July 14, 2011

Kinesiology Ph.D. student Ayanna Franklin awarded the Dorothy McNeill Tucker Fellowship for 2011-12

Ayanna - 2011.JPGCongratulations to Ms. Ayanna Franklin, Kinesiology Ph.D. student in Sport Psychology, who has been awarded the Dorothy McNeill Tucker Fellowship for 2011-2012. The Dorothy McNeill Tucker Fellowship Fund provides graduate fellowships for students working with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Ms. Franklin's research interests focus on the psychological responses of athletes to sport injury, and her doctoral dissertation will examine the role of personality in athletes' sport injury responses and rehabilitation adherence. She is advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal.

Ms. Franklin said, "The Fellowship gives me the opportunity to attend conferences and be involved with professional organizations that otherwise would not have been available to me. Dr. Tucker has accomplished great feats on behalf of women, sports, and education and her accomplishments have been an inspiration to many. I am hopeful that I can be an inspiration to young scholars just as I have been inspired by others."

Tucker Center Director Professor Mary Jo Kane added, "We are grateful for the ongoing support of Dr. Tucker. Because of her commitment and generosity, students like Ms. Franklin will have the financial support they need to conduct first-rate scholarship that will truly make a difference."

Leon to present at Heart-Brain Connection educational symposium

LeonA-2005.jpgArthur Leon, M.D., Kinesiology professor in exercise science, will be presenting at the 4th Annual Institute of Engineering in Medicine Educational Symposium, The Heart-Brain Connection, on July 27. His session, "Exercise and Heart Health," will be held from 10:05 to 10:50 a.m. at Mayo Auditorium.

The symposium will cover the topics of basic and applied research, clinical symptoms of heart/brain interactions, prevention and clinical management, and surgical treatments and resuscitation. It is open to members of the University community and representatives of local industry. The U of M community may attend for free.

Registration and additional information

July 12, 2011

Tucker Center expert discusses Team USA win on FOX-9 News

Jennifer BhallaKinesiology's Dr. Jennifer Bhalla, lecturer in sport and exercise psychology and Tucker Center affiliated scholar, was interviewed in the FOX-9 studios Monday on the thrilling win by Team USA over Brazil in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament July 10. Bhalla's training is in sport psychology with an emphasis in youth development through sport.

See her four-minute interview with anchor Jeff Passolt about why this win was so remarkable:

Doctor Dishes on US Womens' Soccer Win: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com

July 8, 2011

Stoffregen and visiting scholar Hyun-Chae Chung to publish

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Thomas Stoffregen, Kinesiology professor, and visiting scholar Hyun-Chae Chung have had an article accepted for publication in the journal, Research in Developmental Disabilities: "Postural responses to a moving room in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder," by Hyun-Chae Chung and Thomas A. Stoffregen.

Professor Chung, lead author of the article, is from Kunsan National University in the Republic of Korea and has been working with Prof. Stoffregen in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) during the past academic year.

LaVoi quoted in Time Business

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, lecturer in kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is quoted in a Time Business article, "Game, sex, and match: The perils of female sports advertising." LaVoi questions whether such advertising campaigns as the new Women's Tennis Association's "Strong is Beautiful" ads are promoting the sport or selling sex.

July 7, 2011

Wade receives award for scholarship on motor development, ergonomics

WadeM-2009.jpgProfessor Michael Wade, School of Kinesiology, was recognized with the prestigious President's Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) at its recent annual conference in Burlington, VT. NASPSPA is a renowned international society dedicated to the scientific study of motor behavior and sport/exercise psychology. The President's Award is given to scholars who have made a significant impact on the field of kinesiology and especially the NASPSPA organization.

"Mike has been a cornerstone of NASPSPA's longevity and stability, said Jody Jensen, president of NASPSPA. "Mike served the society as president in 1987-1988. He was the senior lecturer in 2002 for Motor Development. Mike worked alongside Rainer Martens, Jack Keogh, and Dick Schmidt in creating NASPSPA's first independent conference held in 1973, and regularly served as program area chair for Motor Development (1984, 1989, 1997). He has been a great mentor to many of us in NASPSPA."

Wade is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of motor development and ergonomics and has been the keynote speaker at conferences from Turkey to Australia, from Taiwan to Egypt. He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and other professional organizations.

June 30, 2011

Researcher explains why it's so hard to lose the last 10 pounds

IngrahamS-2011.jpgKinesiology lecturer Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., was interviewed recently on the Good Question segment of WCCO-TV news. Answering the question "Why Are the Last 10 Pounds So Hard to Lose?", Ingraham described the difficulty in losing weight as we grow older and strategies for compensating for our slowing metabolism.

Watch the segment below.

June 29, 2011

Kane quoted in Pioneer Press article on President Bruininks' legacy

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School of Kinesiology professor and director Mary Jo Kane was quoted in a June 26 St. Paul Pioneer Press article on President Robert Bruininks' accomplishments over his 9-year tenure as U of M president. He will step down from the presidency on Thursday, June 30.

http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_18355767?source=rss

LaVoi and Barr-Anderson publish in Health Education Research

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Dr. Nicole LaVoi, sport sociology lecturer in Kinesiology, and Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in behavioral aspects of physical activity in Kinesiology, have an article in press in the journal Health Education Research: Interventions to promote physical activity among young and adolescent girls: a systematic review. Maria J. Camacho-Minano; Nicole M. LaVoi; Daheia J. Barr-Anderson. Health Education Research, 2011

LaVoi and Barr-Anderson published with Maria J. Camacho-Minano, who was a visiting scholar in the Tucker Center in summer, 2009.

Advance access to the article is available at http://her.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/06/16/her.cyr040.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=zzE4YYkUmZeZuhu

Kinesiology's Diane Wiese-Bjornstal uses research to improve sport safety

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology associate professor in sport psychology, is profiled on the College of Education and Human Development's home page in a feature article, "Protecting Young Athletes: Kinesiology associate professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal uses research to improve sport safety."

June 28, 2011

Kihl appointed to JSM Editorial Board

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Dr. Lisa Kihl, associate professor of sport management in Kinesiology, was recently appointed to the editorial board for the Journal of Sport Management, which is the premier journal in the field.

June 27, 2011

Yu, Kinesiology doctoral candidate, awarded scholarship from Progress in Motor Control VIII organizers

YY_Jan2011.jpg Yawen Yu, a Kinesiology doctoral candidate in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), has been awarded a scholarship from the organizers of Progress in Motor Control VIII, which will enable her to attend the conference to present a poster. The conference will be held in Cincinnati July 21-23 2011.  Lauren Hemingway, a co-author on the poster, is a UROP scholar in APAL.  Dr. Hyun-Chae Chung, also a co-author, is an APAL Visiting Scholar for 2010-2011 from Kunsan National University, Korea.

Yu, Y., Hemingway, L., Chung, H.-C., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2011, July). Postural sway and visual performance in women with and without morning sickness in pregnancy.  Poster presented at Progress in Motor Control VIII, Cincinnati.

Chen, Stoffregen and Wade to publish in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

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Fu-Chen (Kidd) Chen, a 2011 Kinesiology PhD graduate, along with Kinesiology professors Dr. Michael Wade, Dr. Tom Stoffregen and Dr. C.L. Tsai (Professor at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan) have an article accepted for publication in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. The article, "Postural adaptations to a suprapostural memory task among children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder", completes the publication of Dr. Chen's doctoral dissertation research.

June 16, 2011

U invests in Multi-Sensory Perception research facility

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Juergen Konczak and Thomas Stoffregen, professors in the School of Kinesiology, are among the recipients of an award from the Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) Infrastructure Investment Initiative.

Working in collaboration with the University's academic leadership, OVPR identified 11 key infrastructure projects in support of research and scholarship at the University. "This funding will help support high-end research and scholarly needs that will benefit the entire University community [and] will provide fiscally stable infrastructure that will have a long-term impact," said Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy.

The award supports the creation of a new Multi-Sensory Perception research facility "to allow researchers to present visual, auditory and haptic stimuli to human subjects in an acoustically and electrically shielded environment, and to measure responses via behavioral (body and eye movement tracking), physiological (heart rate, skin conductance, ECG), and neural responses (EEG techniques).This facility extends the uni-modal capabilities of individual investigators to permit multi-modal experiments, support existing collaborations, and lead to new initiatives."

The award includes the Principal Investigator, Andrew Oxenham, College of Liberal Arts, and 25 co-investigators including Yuhong Jiang, Psychology; Hubert Lim, Biomedical Engineering; Peggy Nelson, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences; and Stergios Roumeliotis, Computer Science and Engineering.

Weiss recognized with The First Tee Founders Award

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was chosen as the 2011 recipient of The First Tee Founders Award for her "extraordinary contributions that have allowed The First Tee initiative to grow and flourish into one of America's premier youth development organizations." The First Tee is a physical activity-based youth development program, wherein golf is used as a vehicle for teaching children and adolescents life skills and core values. Over 250 Chapters of The First Tee exist in the United States and many others are established in Asia, Canada, and Europe.

Weiss and her graduate students conducted a four-year evaluation study of The First Tee that demonstrated how the life skills curriculum and coach training program were making a positive impact on youth development. Findings from the study were also translated to strengthen curricular lessons and their delivery in order to further "impact the lives of young people in a meaningful way."

June 13, 2011

Ph.D. graduate publishes as lead author in Research in Developmental Disabilities

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Fu-Chen (Kidd) Chen, Kinesiology Ph.D. graduate, has published an article as lead author. Dr. Chen is an advisee of Dr. Michael Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen and graduated in May with an emphasis in Motor Learning/Motor Development.

Chen, F.-C., Stoffregen, T. A., & Wade, M. G. (2011). Postural responses to a suprapostural visual task among children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1948-1956.

June 8, 2011

Leon to present invited paper at symposium in Finland

LeonA-2005[2].jpgDr. Arthur Leon, Kinesiology professor in exercise science, will be presenting at the International 21st Puijo Symposium to be held in Kuopio, Finland, June 29 to July 2. His invited paper is entitled "Interaction of exercise and natural aging on the cardiovascular system of healthy adults."

Kinesiology graduate students present at ASCM

Three Kinesiology graduate students traveled to Denver, Colorado last week for the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting held May 31-June 4. Justin Geijer, Ph.D., Kara Marlatt, M.S., and Meghan McCue, Ph.D., gave presentations at the conference. All are advised by Dr. Don Dengel.

Mr. Geijer and Ms. Marlatt gave their poster presentations on June 1. Mr. Geijer's was on "Comparison of Bone Density Measures in Adults with Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, and Non-Disabled Adults." Ms. Marlatt's thematic poster was on, "Endothelium-Independent Dilation in Children and Adolescents." Ms. McCue presented her poster titled "Evaluation of Endothelium-Independent Dilation Using Peripheral Arterial Tonometry" on June 3.

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Dengel gives spring conference presentations

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May and June have been busy for Dr. Don Dengel, associate professor in Kinesiology, who has been giving presentations in Minnesota and Colorado:

"Monitoring Bone Density Preoperatively: Is It Practical?" 7th Annual Bariatric Education, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 25, 2011.

"Longitudinal Effects of Screen Time and Physical Activity on Blood Pressure in Adolescents," American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, June 1, 2011.

"New Frontiers in Adolescent Obesity and Vascular Function," invited seminar, Integrated Vascular Biology Laboratory, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, June 3, 2011.

Leon to publish centerpiece article in Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

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Dr. Arthur Leon, exercise science professor in Kinesiology, has had an article accepted for publication by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. The article, "Interaction of Aging and Exercise on the Cardiovascular System of Healthy Adults," will be the centerpiece for a themed issue on Lifestyle Medicine and the Physiology of Aging. The journal representative commented to Dr. Leon, "This is the best review that I have read on the physiology of exercise in aging individuals."

June 7, 2011

Kinesiology professor Dr. Juergen Konczak awarded NIH grant

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Dr. Juergen Konczak, biomechanics professor in Kinesiology, and Dr. Peter Watson, associate professor in the Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, were recently informed that their grant proposal, "Kinasesthetic Loss as a Marker for Spasmodic Dysphonia," will be funded by the NIH. The project will examine if patients with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder, have a generalized deficit in their sense of body awareness. If verified, kinaesthetic testing could be used to differentiate between this disease and other voice disorders with similar symptoms that require a different treatment. Much of the testing will be done in Dr. Konczak's Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory. The two professors are co-PIs on the grant, which has a funding level of $376,000.

Greg Rhodes, Kin PhD, blogs on physiology testing for cyclists

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Greg Rhodes, Kinesiology PhD, contributed last month to the TRIA Orthopaedic Center blog, Your Cycling, with an entry on physiology testing. To read Greg's discussion of the types of physiology testing to develop and assess cyclists' training programs, go to this link:

http://triablog.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com/2011/05/physiology-testing-is-not-only-for-the-pros/

Greg does testing in the School's Human and Sport Performance Laboratory under the guidance of lab director Dr. Stacy Ingraham.

June 6, 2011

Lindsay Kipp, Kinesiology PhD, awarded NASPSPA research grant

Kipp20080710.jpgLindsay Kipp, doctoral student in Kinesiology, has been awarded a competitive research grant from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). The grant will help support her research entitled, "Social Influences and Psychological and Physical Well-Being of Female Adolescents." Her study explores coach and peer influence of female gymnasts' well-being, including physical activity, self-esteem, affect, and eating attitudes. Gymnasts are of interest because they endure rigorous training, evaluative judging, and pressure to maintain a lean body, putting them at risk for stress and disordered eating. At the same time, supportive coaching behaviors and teammate interactions can enhance gymnasts' feelings of competence, autonomy, and relatedness, and ultimately promote well-being.

Lindsay is pursuing her doctoral degree with a specialization in sport and exercise psychology under the advisement of Maureen Weiss.

June 1, 2011

Stoffregen's research mentioned in Consumer Reports on Health

The research of Dr. Tom Stoffregen, professor of movement science in Kinesiology, has been mentioned in the May 2011 edition of Consumer Reports on Health. In the column "Say yes? Say no?", Dr. Stoffregen's research was referred to in an item about experiencing motion sickness on boats: "Try staring at the horizon from the deck. A small study of sailors found that it kept them steadier than focusing on a nearer object." The item was based on Dr. Stoffregen's study on motion sickness, which was published in Psychological Science last January.

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May 27, 2011

Kinesiology M.A. graduate receives national Student Diversity Award

alyssa_norris.jpgAlyssa Norris, kinesiology M.A. graduate in sport and exercise psychology, has been awarded the prestigious Student Diversity Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). The award recognizes and honors the achievements of students involved in research, service, or applied experiences that focus on diversity issues such as race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, or disability.

The award will be presented to Norris at the AASP annual conference in September in Honolulu, HI. Norris is graduating this spring and is advised by Nicole LaVoi, lecturer and associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport.

Tucker Center announces winner of Edith Mueller Grad Fellowship Award

emily-h1.jpgEmily Houghton, School of Kinesiology doctoral student, has been awarded a fellowship for 2011-12 from the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. The award was established in the Tucker Center to honor Edie Mueller, daughter of Drs. Van and Mildred "Mike" Mueller. Dr. Van Mueller is professor emeritus in the former Department of Educational Policy and Administration; Dr. Mike Mueller is a CEHD alumna and a retired faculty member from Augsburg College. The Muellers have been major supporters of the Tucker Center since the early 1990s in large measure because they are deeply committed to research, education, and outreach that make a difference in people's lives.

Houghton will use the award to support her collaborative research project, "(In)visible Pioneers: Exploring the Experiences of African American Female Athletes during the Civil Rights Era." Her research examines the sporting experiences of six pioneering African American female athletes who participated in either high school or collegiate sports in the Twin Cities during the latter part of the civil rights movement. The critical question which guides her study is: What role did sports play in the lives of African American female athletes who grew up during the 1960s and 1970s? As part of this question, the investigation will identify the benefits of and barriers to sports participation for African American females, as well as the social processes that contributed to their relationships which have lasted over 40 years.

"Emily's commitment to social justice and giving voice to those who have typically been silenced is commendable. We are pleased to support her important work," says Tucker Center Associate Director Dr. Nicole LaVoi.

May 20, 2011

Kin lecturer Dr. Jen Bhalla accepted into MPH program

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Dr. Jennifer Bhalla, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Kinesiology, has been accepted into the Masters of Public Health program for Fall 2011. Dr. Bhalla feels that the MPH will complement her research and professional goals in the areas of prevention and intervention strategies related to obesity on community, societal, and potentially global levels. She says, "Additionally, I am eager to learn from and work collaboratively with individuals in the School of Public Health to help provide youth with physical activity settings that are physically and psychologically safe for sustained participation." Congratulations, Dr. Bhalla!

May 18, 2011

Konczak receives 2011 Faculty and Staff Summer Research Award

Juergen KonczakDr. Jürgen Konczak, professor of biomechanics in Kinesiology, has been selected to receive a 2011 Faculty and Staff Summer Research Award from CEHD for his project, "Improving motor function in cerebellar patients by exploiting explicit memory mechanisms." The $5000 award was made by the Office of Research and Policy.

Sarah Norgren, Kinesiology B.S. major, awarded UROP grant

A Kinesiology B.S. student will be working with Dr. Jürgen Konczak, biomechanics professor, on a UROP program award next year. Beginning in the Fall, Sarah Norgren will be working in Dr. Konczak's lab on her project, "Effect of Muscle Vibration on Proprioception." Congratulations and welcome, Sarah!

Ingraham offers tips for getting fit efficiently on WCCO-TV

Stacy IngrahamDr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in Kinesiology, discussed the positive outcomes related to exercise and the effectiveness of high intensity training in two interviews that appeared on WCCO-TV evening news segments on May 17. To watch the interviews, go to the links below:

Eastview High School (Apple Valley) students tested at the Human & Sports Performance Laboratory:
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/05/17/eastview-high-students-work-to-fight-childhood-obesity/

Dr. Ingraham interviewed on high intensity training:
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/05/17/high-intensity-training-a-full-workout-in-20-minutes/

May 16, 2011

Konczak meets with visiting German delegation, president of the Bundestag

Dr. Jürgen Konczak, professor of biomechanics in the School of Kinesiology, had the honor of meeting with Germany's current President of the Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, on Thursday, May 5. Prof. Dr. Lammert's position in the German Parliament is equivalent to that of Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The German delegation visited Minnesota last week as part of a mission to promote international relations between Germany and Minnesota.

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Dr. Konczak spoke to Dr. Lammert in his role as a member of the board of the Twin Cities German Immersion School (TCGIS). They discussed the international mission of the school and its unique way of introducing German language and culture to American children. The school will receive a new teaching position next year that is fully funded through a German government grant, which was secured largely through efforts of the school's Grants and External Relations Committee chaired by Dr. Konczak.

The German delegation was honored at a gala of the German-American Chamber of Commerce at the Windows of Minnesota in the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Dr. Lammert gave the keynote addresses in front of 200 guests, who were entertained by the German Immersion School's string ensemble. Dr. Konczak's son, Till, plays violin in the ensemble.

In above photo, from left to right: Dr. Konczak, Prof. Dr. Lammert, Dr. Andrew Oxenham, U of M Dept. of Psychology

May 6, 2011

Lewis presents at meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Beth Lewis, assistant professor in Kinesiology, gave a presentation at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Washington DC, April, 2011. Dr. Lewis's Ph.D. advisee, Katie Schuver, was a co-author on the presentation titled "Innovative Methods for Recruiting Pregnant and Postpartum Women for Behavioral Intervention Trials" by Lewis, B.A., Avery, M., Gjerdingen, D., Sirard, J. Schuver, K. & Marcus, B.H

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May 3, 2011

Lewis to speak at Women's Health Lecture Series

Dr. Beth Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, is to be one of four featured panelists for a Lecture Series on Interdisciplinary Women's Health.

Along with Dr. Lewis, featured panelists will include Dr. Patricia Harrison of the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, Dwenda Gjerdingen, M.D., M.S., of the University of Minnesota Medical School, and Michelle Wiersgalla, M.D., also of the University of Minnesota Medical School.The lecture will cover topics on perinatal issues and women's mental health from an interdisciplinary behavioral and medical approach. The objectives of the lecture series seek to understand the importance of prenatal and postpartum depression, to understand the practices and treatments of these conditions, and to share the benefits for being screened within the context of other psychosocial risk-factors.

The event will take place on Monday, May 9 from 4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. in room 5-125 of Moos Tower on the University of Minnesota campus. Refreshments will be provided. For further information on this event, email wmhealth@umn.edu, or call (626) 626-1125.

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May 2, 2011

Article on interventions and physical activity to be published in Health Education Research

Tucker Center visiting scholar Maria Miñano Camacho, professor at the University of Madrid, Spain, Tucker Center associate director Dr. Nicole LaVoi, and assistant professor of Kinesiology Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson have a manuscript accepted for publication in Health Education Research. The article is titled "Interventions to promote physical activity among adolescent girls: A systematic review." This work was in part completed during Dr. Camacho's tenure with the Tucker Center during the summer of 2009.

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Weiss and Bolter publish chapter in child development text

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with co-author Nicole Bolter, former doctoral student and now faculty member at San Francisco State University, published a chapter titled, "Moral and Motor Development" in a textbook edited by Payne and Isaacs, Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach. In their chapter, Weiss and Bolter highlight physical activity as a context that provides frequent opportunities to experience and resolve moral dilemmas that naturally arise on the playground, in physical education class, or during organized sport. They discuss theory and research on moral development through physical activity and practical ways in which teachers and coaches can promote character development and fair play behaviors among youth as they engage in sports and physical activities.

April 29, 2011

LaVoi, Calhoun, and Johnson have article accepted to International Journal of Sport Communications

Nicole M. LaVoi, lecturer in Kinesiology and associate director for the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, Austin Stair Calhoun, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, and Alicia Johnson, former Tucker Center intern, recently had their article accepted to the International Journal of Sport Communication (IJSC).

The paper, "Framing with family: Examining online coaching biographies for heteronormative and heterosexist narratives," examined over 1,800 online coaching biographies of Division I & III NCAA head coaches for textual representations of heteronormativity and heterosexism. The data demonstrates a near absence of GLBT coaches, suggesting digital content of intercollegiate athletic department web sites reproduce dominant gender ideologies and are plagued by homophobia in overt and subtle ways.

The article is set to be published in Volume 4 (Issue 3) of the IJSC.

Stoffregen presents at Brimhall Elementary School

Dr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, gave a talk at Brimhall Elementary School, in Roseville, on April 27. His topic, "Video games make me sick", focused on postural prediction of motion sickness and was presented to the 4th grade class.

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April 27, 2011

Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture celebrates 20 years with The Neuroscience of Play

"The Neuroscience of Play" is the theme of this spring's Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture, May 16-17, 2011, presented by the Center for Spirituality and Healing and co-sponsored by the Henry L. Taylor Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement. Dr. Arthur Leon, MD, holds the Taylor Professorship in the School of Kinesiology.

Stuart Brown, MD, prolific author and executive producer of the three-part PBS series, The Promise of Play, will deliver two lectures. Dr. Brown first recognized the importance of play by discovering its absence in the life stories of murderers and felony drunk drivers. His independent scholarship and exploration of play led to the establishment of the National Institute for Play.

The Neuroscience of Play lecture will be held Monday, May 16, from 12-1:30 p.m. in Mayo Memorial Auditorium, $15 general admission, $10 students. The Power of Play lecture will be held Tuesday, May 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Marsh, 15000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN. Register online for the U of M lecture at www.tickets.umn.edu. Contact The Marsh at http://www.themarsh.com/ for more information about the second lecture.

Two School of Kinesiology Ph.D. students receive AKA award

Mr. Tony Mayo, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, and Ms. Ya-wen Yu, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, recently received awards from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA).

Tony_Mayo.jpgMr. Mayo was nominated by the School's Graduate Programs Committee in February, and has been selected to receive one of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Student Writing Awards for 2011. His paper, "Postural Effects of the Horizon on Land and at Sea," co-authored by Dr. Michael Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen, was published in Psychological Science in January, 2011. It was judged by the AKA Review Committee "to merit national recognition and to serve as an exemplar of graduate student research or scholarship." The committee noted that the article will make a significant contribution to the literature in the field of kinesiology.

Ms. Yu has been selected as an American Kinesiology Association (AKA) National Graduate Scholar for 2011. The award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. These students, who were nominated by faculty, have demonstrated an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology by undertaking independent or guided research, assuming leadership positions, and having the potential for making a significant impact on the field. Ms. Yu's work with functional impact of postural control on visual performance in diverse situations is highly innovative and in each case she has assumed primary responsibility for conduct of the research.

This is the first year the AKA Graduate Student Writing and Scholar Awards have been presented. Recipients will receive a certificate and will be listed in AKA's archive of awardees on www.americankinesiology.org. A full listing of all award winners is available on the AKA Web site.

Both Mayo and Yu are studying Motor Learning/Motor Development and are advised by Dr. Tom Stoffregen.

Dengel receives prestigious CEHD award

Congratulations to Dr. Don Dengel, associate professor of exercise physiology in the School of Kinesiology, who has received the prestigious CEHD Marty and Jack Rossman Award, which recognizes a tenured faculty member who has "demonstrated a truly exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service, and who shows great promise of continuing such achievement."

Dr. Dengel will receive an $8,000 award over two years to support research, travel, or professional development. The award was presented at the CEHD Annual Spring Assembly and Recognition Event yesterday.

Congratulations, Dr. Dengel!

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Dengel gives invited presentations

Dr. Donald Dengel, associate professor of exercise physiology, has been busy giving lectures across the map this semester.

His most recent presentation on "Imaging The Effects of Cancer Treatments in Peripheral and Cerebral Vascular Beds" took place at the University of Iowa's Institute for Biomedical Imaging on April 21.

On March 17, Professor Dengel traveled to Liverpool John Moores University in England to present "Childhood Obesity: Vascular Consequences and Solutions" at a seminar with the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The University of Minnesota hosted a Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship Program seminar on March 7. Dengel presented "The Effects Of Chemotherapy And Radiation On Vascular Function: From Peripheral To Cerebral."

The University of Minnesota's Department of Neurology invited Professor Dengel to present "The Effects of Obesity on Vascular Function: From Peripheral to Cerebral" at the Neurology Grand Rounds seminar on February 3.

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April 22, 2011

Kane and Maxwell article accepted for publication in Journal of Sport Management

Dr. Mary Jo Kane and Dr. Heather Maxwell have had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Sport Management. "Expanding the Boundaries of Sport Media Research: Using Critical Theory to Explore Consumer Responses to Representations of Women's Sports" is due to appear in May 2011.

Dr. Kane is professor and director of the School of Kinesiology. Dr. Maxwell is a former advisee of Dr. Kane, and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 2009.

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April 21, 2011

Kin PhD student Yi-Chou Chen will publish in Encyclopedia of Sports and Physical Education

Yi-Chou Chen, School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student, has had a chapter accepted for publication in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Sports and Physical Education. Chen has served as editor-in-chief for the Sports of Boxing section of the publication.

Chen and university faculties, scientists, and sport leaders, have been developing the encyclopedia for the past two years. The encyclopedia contains an estimated 9,000 terms from fifteen different scientific disciplines. The finished publication is to be presented by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan by December 2011, and is targeted at K-12 coaches, physical education instructors, university students, and general populations.

Yi-Chou is in his second year of his graduate program with an emphasis on Human Factors/Ergonomics, and is advised by Dr. Thomas Stoffregen.

Congratulations!

April 20, 2011

Star Tribune op-ed article cites Dr. Ancel Keys' groundbreaking research

An editorial on the U of M's historical breakthroughs in treating heart disease in the Star Tribune on Thursday, April 14, cites research by Dr. Ancel Keys and associates that defined the relationship between dietary fat and serum cholesterol, which linked cholesterol to heart disease. Dr. Keys founded the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene, which is today the School of Kinesiology's Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science directed by Dr. Arthur Leon, Kinesiology professor.

For the text of the article, see http://www.startribune.com/opinion/otherviews/119803084.html

April 19, 2011

Stoffregen and two doctoral students have article accepted in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Dr. Thomas Stoffregen, Kinesiology Professor and Director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), and two doctoral students, have had an article accepted for publication. Control of a Virtual Vehicle Influences Postural Activity and Motion Sickness by Xiao Dong, Ken Yoshida, and Thomas A. Stoffregen, was accepted by The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Xiao Dong is a graduate student in Industrial Engineering, and Ken Yoshida is a Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology. Both are members of APAL.

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DeWitt's team wins NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship

Under the coaching of David DeWitt, adjunct instructor for the School of Kinesiology, Anoka Ramsey Community College won its seventh national championship in NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball on March 12.

DeWitt, who teaches Basketball Coaching and Theory for the School's coaching program, has served as the head coach for Anoka Ramsey for the past four years, making this his second championship.

Congratulations, David!

Bhalla and Rhodes compete in Boston Marathon

Kudos to Jennifer Bhalla, Ph.D, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Kinesiology, and Greg Rhodes, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, for going the distance along with 26,907 others in the Boston Marathon on April 18.

Rhodes completed the race with a time of 3 hours, 10 minutes, followed by Bhalla with a time of 3 hours, 41 minutes.

April 15, 2011

Konczak gives invited presentation at UW-Madison

Dr. Juergen Konczak, professor in Kinesiology, gave an invited presentation on body awareness and motor control at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 1. His talk was part of the festivities around the Centennial Celebration of the Wisconsin Department of Kinesiology. KonczakJ-2003.jpg

Stoffregen presents at Houston symposium

StoffregenT-2007.jpgDr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, gave a talk at the 8th Symposium on the Role of the Vestibular Organs in Space Exploration, in Houston, TX on April 9th. His topic was "Postural prediction of motion sickness." The symposium was sponsored by NASA and featured panels with several Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronauts.

Fox 9 News interviews Tucker Center lecture participants

The Tucker Center's Spring Distinguished Lecture, "The Female Athlete and Concussions: The Untold and Unexamined Story," is featured in "Concussion Symptoms in Women Could be Different" article and video on the Fox 9 News Web site. Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, Kelly Blankenship, former U of M Gopher Women's Hockey star, and Dr. Jill Books, lecture panelist and a clinical neuoropsychologist in private practice in New Jersey and on the Medical Advisory Board for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, all spoke on the dangers of concussions, especially among female athletes.

Concussion Symptoms in Women Could Be Different: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com

April 13, 2011

Tucker Center Distinguished Lecture:
"The Female Athlete and Concussions"

Female athletes and concussions will be the hot topic of discussion during the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport spring distinguished lecture, tomorrow Thursday, April 14.

"Female Athletes and Concussions: The Untold and Unexamined Story," will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center, West Bank Campus, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Tucker Center at 612.625.7327.

Research findings on the rising incidence of sport-related concussions have ignited a national conversation about this injury, but for the most part, the discussion and research focuses on male athletes at the professional level. The Tucker Center aims to change that by raising awareness of the realities about female athletes and concussions.

The April discussion will address questions such as: Do gender differences exist in sport-related concussion risk, symptoms, outcomes, and recovery? To address these critical issues, nationally recognized experts will discuss the latest research about what is known and not known regarding the impact of concussions on female athletes. Strategies for future research, as well as educational and prevention efforts will also be examined.

April 5, 2011

Kinesiology student earns Fulbright Scholarship to study in Norway

Kristin Garland.jpgKristin Garland, master's degree student in sport management, has been named a prestigious Fulbright Scholar and is the 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Garland is advised by Eric Brownlee, lecturer in sport management.

Frode Moen, leader of the Olympic Training Center in Trondheim, has invited Garland to travel to Norway to examine the differences between the school-sponsored model of athletics and club cross-country ski teams, focusing on the experiences of elite skiers by evaluating the relationship between achievement and the integration of sport into the academic model. In addition, Garland will explore how collegiate athletic teams can provide greater support to international student-athletes, which would ensure a more meaningful experience and will hopefully encourage more international student-athletes to study abroad.

April 1, 2011

Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship is recipient of bequest

The estate of Dr. Mary Ost has bequeathed a gift of $106,000 to the Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Dr. Ost, a U of M alum, received her B.S. (1962), M.A .(1967), and Ph.D. (1973) in Physical Education. She taught school for several years before launching a successful computer programming career with Abbott Laboratories in Illinois.

Dr. Ost's gift will greatly enhance the Eloise M. Jaeger fund, which annually awards a scholarship to qualified undergraduate or graduate Kinesiology students. Dr. Jaeger was a preeminent educator and administrator at the U of M. She taught women's physical education for many years and was named the Director of the School of Physical Education (now Kinesiology) in 1971, becoming the first woman in a U.S. college or university to preside over both men's and women's physical education programs. She was a staunch promoter of opportunities for girls and women to participate in sports and physical activity.

March 31, 2011

Kin PhD candidate Azizah Jor'dan awarded Minnesota Gerontological Society scholarship

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Azizah Jor'dan, PhD candidate in Kinesiology, has received the 2011-2012 Bloedow Scholarship Award from the Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS). The $1,000 award will be presented to Ms. Jor'dan at the MGS Spring Conference on Friday, April 29th, at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Ms. Jor'dan is one of two recipients of the scholarship. She is advised by Prof. Michael G. Wade. Congratulations!

Dengel wins CEHD Marty and Jack Rossman Award

Congratulations to Dr. Don Dengel, associate professor of exercise physiology in the School of Kinesiology, who has received the prestigious CEHD Marty and Jack Rossman Award, which recognizes a tenured faculty member who has "demonstrated a truly exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service, and who shows great promise of continuing such achievement." Dr. Dengel will receive an $8,000 award over two years to support research, travel, or professional development. The award was presented at the CEHD Annual Spring Assembly and Recognition Event on April 26.

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Kane quoted in NYTimes article on skydiver Roberta Mancino

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Dr. Mary Jo Kane, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in a March 30, 2010, New York Times article on Roberta Mancino, ace sky diver and model. The article examines the attention that Ms. Mancino has garnered as a beautiful model vs. as one of the world's best divers. Read the article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/fashion/31mancino.html?ref=style

March 29, 2011

Bhalla, Weiss win AAHPERD's Research Writing Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Bhalla, Kinesiology lecturer, and TC Co-Director and Professor Maureen Weiss, who won the Research Writing Award from the AAHPERD Research Consortium for their paper, "A cross-cultural perspective of parental influence on achievement beliefs and behaviors in sport and school domains." This award identifies outstanding contributions of scholarship from papers published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. It was published in the December 2010 issue of the journal.

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March 26, 2011

Weiss publishes in National Academy of Kinesiology Papers

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, published in the National Academy of Kinesiology Papers on Bridging Kinesiology and Society. In Weiss's paper, "Teach the Children Well: A Holistic Approach to Developing Psychosocial and Behavioral Competencies through Physical Education," she argues that school physical education is an important context for promoting both motor skill development and health and fitness outcomes, rather than having to adopt an either/or approach. To accomplish both objectives, Weiss contends that a positive youth development approach, featuring supportive teacher behaviors, a positive classroom climate, and skill-building activities, is optimal to helping students acquire psychosocial and behavioral competencies that can transfer to other life domains currently and with increasing age.

The full reference is: Weiss, M.R. (2011). Teach the children well: A holistic approach to developing psychosocial and behavioral competencies through physical education. Quest, 63, 55-65.

March 24, 2011

Fox 9 features Kinesiology's LaVoi on the Lingerie Football League

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Dr. Nicole LaVoi, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, will be on Fox 9 News at 5:00 P.M. tonight discussing the new Lingerie Football League franchise just awarded to Minneapolis.

Link to Fox 9 News piece:
http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/sports/doc%3A-lingerie-football-downplays-sport-mar-24-2011

March 23, 2011

LaVoi awarded AAHPERD Research Consortium grant

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Dr. Nicole LaVoi, lecturer in Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, and Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, have been awarded a research grant from the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Research Consortium for their collaborative longitudinal project, "Females in Positions of Power within Interscholastic U.S. Sports."


Uganda soccer coaches to visit campus, give public presentation

Uganda soccer picture.JPGFour soccer coaches from Uganda, including the current Women's National Team coach, Majidah Nantanda, will visit the University of Minnesota March 30-April 5 as part of the International Sport Connection (ISC) Coach Training/Cultural Exchange Program, which is funded by the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, and former advisee Jens Omli, assistant professor at Texas Tech University, are two of the partners in ISC. Last spring they hosted several Ugandan coaches in a training program in the Twin Cities designed to develop coaching curriculum for children and youth. Last May, Omli, Wiese-Bjornstal, lecturer Stacy Ingraham, and others traveled to Kampala, Uganda to provide training to 181 youth coaches in the area.

Coach Nantanda, along with Elsie Namagambe, Martin Mugabi, and Daniel Kiwanuka, will tour U of M athletic facilities, meet with kinesiology students and faculty members, and share their experiences with the community. All are invited to their public presentation on Friday, April 1, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in 206 Cooke Hall, to hear the coaches discuss sport in Uganda and their unique approaches to coaching youth soccer players.

In the photo above, taken in Kampala, are (l to r) Northern Illinois University coach Carrie Barker, Lisa Berg (former Gopher), Nantanda, Ingraham, and Wiese-Bjornstal.

March 17, 2011

Brownlee comments on Joe Mauer's shampoo endorsement

Many have wondered why All-Star, multiple batting champ and celebrity Joe Mauer was growing his hair longer these days. It turns out that the Twins catcher will become the latest athlete to endorse Head & Shoulders shampoo. Eric Brownlee, Sport Management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, says the shampoo is a perfect fit for Mauer's all-American image. To watch, go to:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/entertainment/mauer-shampoo-head-shoulders-feb-22-2011


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March 10, 2011

LaVoi quoted in The Sputnik

Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, is quoted in a recent article in The Sputnik, "Selling sex doesn't sell sports." The article discusses the notion that media still tries to use sex to sell women's sports, despite the lack of empirical evidenceto support this notion. LaVoi discusses why this is a problematic assumption.

To read the full article, please click here.

March 8, 2011

Motion effects research gets more press

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http://www.forum.fishgame.com/showthread.php?t=1048

Wiese-Bjornstal offers insight on Minnesota Wild goalie's knee injury

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology associate professor, was quoted in a March 6 St. Paul Pioneer Press article on Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding, who is rehabilitating from a serious knee injury. Wiese-Bjornstal discusses the psychological aspects of recovering from sport injury based on findings from her collaborative research with Dr. Aynsley Smith of the Mayo Clinic.

Read the article at this link: http://www.twincities.com/ci_17547937?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com&nclick_check=1

RPLS instructor is one of "Eleven Who Care"

Susie Miller, an adjunct instructor in the RPLS program, is one of this year's recipients of the "Eleven Who Care" award from KARE 11. Susie began the MN Special Hockey Association for kids with autism, epilepsy, and Down syndrome who wanted to play hockey. The league has grown from 27 players to 83 players in the last few years, and, since the news story aired, has acquired six new players!

The idea for the Association began with one special needs child who wanted to play hockey. Read this inspiring story at:

http://www.kare11.com/community/11whocare/article/907722/454/Eleven-Who-Care-winner-adds-much-needed-league-in-State-of-Hockey

and

http://www.kare11.com/today/article/912514/449/Eleven-Who-Care-winner-forms-league-to-help-children-with-special-needs

March 4, 2011

Calvin Mai, Kinesiology major, profiled in CEHD article

Calvin Mai transferred to the U of M from UW-Milwaukee in 2008 because he was looking for just the right program (and also to be closer to home). He found it in Kinesiology. Calvin combines his hockey and soccer talents with an interest in a career in health care, possibly physical therapy. He'll graduate this spring with a B.S. Read his story, featured on the CEHD Web site, at:

http://www.cehd.umn.edu/people/profiles/Mai/

March 3, 2011

Kinesiology M.Ed. graduate featured in Chronicle article

Justine Chatterton, Kinesiology M.Ed. (2009) and doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas, was featured in an article titled, "Do Male Athletes Have Body-Image Problems?" published in the March 3 Chronicle of Higher Education.

Read the article here: http://chronicle.com/blogs/players/do-male-athletes-have-body-image-problems/28130

Justine writes to her former adviser, Dr. Nicole LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center: "I thought I would share a recent article about my research.... The Tucker Center makes an appearance! The article reminded me to thank you for all that you taught me about thinking critically and learning more about gender roles and sport. Thanks for everything."

March 2, 2011

Wiese-Bjornstal to present at clinical symposium

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, School of Kinesiology associate professor, will be giving the invited presentation "Psychosocial aspects of athletic training" to the student membership at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Annual Clinical Symposium on March 11 at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis.

U of M Moment features motion effects research

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Research by Dr. Tom Stoffregen, Kinesiology professor, and his associates, Ph.D. student Tony Mayo and Professor Michael Wade, has been garnering a lot of attention nationally and internationally over the past few months. See the local story on the research that is the first to prove scientifically the thousands of years of sailing advice at the U of M Moment link: http://www1.umn.edu/news/multimedia/2011/UR_CONTENT_305540.html

Do ice baths result in weight loss? Ingraham interviewed on WCCO-TV

Stacy IngrahamDr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in Kinesiology, was interviewed by WCCO-TV on the efficacy of ice baths for losing weight. Watch the video of the interview below that appeared on the 10 p.m. newscast March 1, 2011. (Hint: be sure to watch through the end of the interview!) See the story here.

February 23, 2011

Human and Sport Performance Laboratory provides exercise testing, training services

The Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL) has officially launched its new Web site with details on how the lab provides sports performance testing to enhance outcome measures for athletes. Since its launch last summer, HSPL has tested athletes from the NHL as well as professional athletes in endurance sports.

HSPL, a lab within the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science in the School of Kinesiology, is also working on potential projects with elite speed skaters, University athletes, public schools, and club sport teams around the Twin Cities.

One goal of HSPL is to provide coaches who work with athletes in training the opportunity to evaluate performance outcomes as well as nutritional effects on their athletes. In addition, the lab will provide outreach opportunities to bridge the gap between experts studying the ever-changing scientific basis of performance and the public, including parents, coaches, athletic trainers, sports medicine practitioners, and the weekend warrior.

February 18, 2011

Stoffregen interviewed by South Carolina newspaper

Stoffregen1T-2007.jpgDr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, continues to attract attention with his study on the effects of motion created by ships at sea on humans. The article below appeared recently in the Charleston, SC, newspaper, The Post and Courier:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/feb/07/scientist-explores-sea-legs/

Listen to professor Stoffregen discuss his research on this U of M Moment:










Barr-Anderson to publish in Preventing Chronic Disease

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Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in Kinesiology, has had a manuscript accepted for publication in Preventing Chronic Disease, an online, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Barr-Anderson DJ, Fulkerson JA, Smyth M, Himes JH, Hannan PJ, Holy Rock B, Story M. Parental perceptions, role modeling and media-related resources within the home are associated with screen-time behavior in American Indian children. Preventing Chronic Disease. In press.

Buysse, Hoffman receive CPAC Professional Development Awards

Congratulations to Brandi Hoffman, coordinator, and Dr. Jo Ann Buysse, lecturer, both from the School of Kinesiology, for receiving a CEHD CPAC Professional Development Award. The $300 awards will be used for a professional development activity. Ms. Hoffman will be attending the StrengthQuest Educator Seminar April 12-13 in Minneapolis. Dr Buysse will be using her award for international travel.

The call for proposals attracted 59 entries, and forty proposals were randomly selected for funding. The awards were sponsored by the CEHD Professional and Administrative Council (CPAC).

Ingraham interviewed on exercise equipment gimmicks

Stacy IngrahamStacy Ingraham, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed by KARE-11 recently on the gimmicks surrounding some types of exercise equipment and marketing. Read the story here:

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=907138mp

See the broadcast video:

February 6, 2011

Peer leadership associated with cohesion, confidence in girls' teams

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with former doctoral student Melissa Price, currently head women's soccer coach at University of Nevada, published a research paper exploring peer leadership in female high school soccer teams. The study asked: What qualities and attributes do players identify as effective leadership among their team members? And what types of leader behaviors are associated with team cohesiveness and efficacy?

Effective peer leaders were rated high in perceived soccer competence, social acceptance, behavioral conduct, and intrinsic motivation. In addition, peer leaders who exhibited greater instrumental and prosocial behaviors were associated with teammates who reported greater task and social cohesion within their teams and a higher degree of confidence in their team's ability, unity, effort, and preparation.

The full reference of the article is: Price, M.S., & Weiss, M.R. (2011). Peer leadership in sport: Relationships among personal characteristics, leader behaviors, and team outcomes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 49-64.

February 4, 2011

Kane to contribute to special issue of The Nation

Mary Jo KaneDr. Mary Jo Kane, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, has been asked to write an article for a special edition of The Nation magazine. Dave Zirin, author of several books and sports editor for the magazine, contacted Dr. Kane last month about writing an article on the sexualization of female athletes.

Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN, and Democracy Now. He also hosts his own weekly Sirius XM show, Edge of Sports Radio. He was named one of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World."

January 28, 2011

Recent presentations, publications from Dr. Juergen Konczak

Juergen KonczakDr. Juergen Konczak, Kinesiology professor, recently gave an invited presentation to the U of M Wellstone Center for Muscular Dystrophy entitled "Altered Proprioception in Focal Dystonia: A Window for Understanding the Disease?"

Dr. Konczak also wrote an invited book chapter on "The Evolution and Development of Human Hand Function" which will appear in a German clinical physiology textbook entitled Brain and Hand: Clinical Diagnosis and Rehabilitation of Hand Dysfunctions published by Springer Verlag.

RPLS undergrads study abroad in Costa Rica

Connie MagnusonDr. Connie Magnuson, lecturer and coordinator of the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies program, spent the winter break in Costa Rica with RPLS undergraduates on a Study Abroad experience. You can see Costa Rica through their eyes in the video link below: (For best effect, select full screen!)

http://animoto.com/play/4UqLfMT7DvVQ8Z1CD1UIbw

Kinesiology researchers make waves

Michael Wade Stoffregen1T-2007.jpgProfessor Tom Stoffregen has been researching motion sickness and body sway in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory for many years, and on location on ships in various oceans and waterways most recently. His latest article, published with Professor Michael Wade and Ph.D. student Tony Mayo, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science this month, has been attracting a lot of attention around the world.

A recent article in Science Daily, "Centuries of Sailors Weren't Wrong: Looking at the Horizon Stabilizes Posture," notes that "Everybody who has been aboard a ship has heard the advice: if you feel unsteady, look at the horizon ... Thomas A. Stoffregen of the University of Minnesota has been studying how much people rock back and forth in different situations, and what this has to do with motion sickness." More stories on their research have appeared recently in Daily News & Analysis, Science News, and India Talkies.

Kane and Maxwell publish in the Journal of Sport Management

Mary Jo KaneDr. Mary Jo Kane, Kinesiology professor and director, and advisee Dr. Heather Maxwell (PhD Kinesiology, 2009), have published an article related to their ongoing research on gender and sport media in the Journal of Sport Management. The article, "Expanding the boundaries of sport media research: Using critical theory to explore consumer responses to representations of women's sports" can be previewed now at JSM In Press:

http://journals.humankinetics.com/jsm-in-press/jsm-in-press/expanding-the-boundaries-of-sport-media-research-using-critical-theory-to-explore-consumer-responses-to-representations-of-womens-sports

January 23, 2011

Danish sport literature book reprints Kane chapter

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, has had her research on media, sport and gender reprinted in a forthcoming book on Scandinativen sport literature entitled, Literary tales of sport in Scandinavia: Heroes, memories and identity (edited by Vicki Bjerre and Susan Bandy). Kane's article&emdash;Fictional denials of female empowerment: A feminist analysis of young adult sports fiction&emdash;examines "lone girl" novels in young adult sport fiction and the various ways in which female adolescents engaged in sport are portrayed. Kane found that lone girl novels characterized female protagonists as going against their "true nature" when they engaged in organized, competitive sports, and that when females played team sports the novels' narratives focused more on their heterosexual desire than on their bonds with their female teammates. Kane argues that these results constitute a fictional denial of sport as a site of resistance and empowerment for athletic females.

January 17, 2011

Research shows link between regular physical activity and healthy lifestyle

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with her co-author Lynn Barnett, University of Illinois, published a book chapter in Leisure, Health, and Wellness: Making the Connections. The title of their chapter is "Children's physical activity and healthy development: Physical, social, emotional, and cognitive benefits."

The purpose of the book was to pair scholars in physical activity/health with scholars in recreation/leisure to produce a set of papers on how varying physical activity contexts can promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles in children through older adults. In their chapter, Weiss and Barnett review the literature on psychosocial and behavioral benefits afforded children and youth by participating in contexts such as free play, recreation/outdoor leisure, organized sports, and motor development programs.

Using the tagline, "Get up and play an hour a day," promoted by the Ladies Professional Golf Association for getting children more active, the authors offer take-home messages to parents, educators, and professionals working with children in physical activity contexts. These include providing optimal skill challenges, making sure physical activity experiences are enjoyable, creating a mastery motivational climate, maximizing social support, being a positive physical activity role model, and helping children help themselves by teaching them self-regulating skills and behaviors.

January 14, 2011

Kinesiology graduate student participates in head football coach search

Claud Allaire, Kinesiology Ph.D. student in sport management, had the opportunity to be involved in the hiring of new Gophers Head Football Coach Jerry Kill last month. Mr. Allaire, a member of the executive committee of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association and former Simley co-head coach, was one of six current and former high school coaches who met with the U of M's athletic leadership in November to discuss the transition and search process for a new U of M head coach. Athletic Director Joel Maturi invited the group to participate in the process and help identify the qualities desirable in a new Gophers head coach.

"It was clear that we were invited to this meeting because the university's leadership recognizes the importance of the relationship between the Gophers staff and the high school coaches," stated Mr. Allaire. "We had a very productive discussion and were able to highlight what the next Gopher coach should bring to the program."

Coach Jerry Kill was named the new Gophers head coach on December 6 and the committee was invited to meet with him the next day at TCF stadium. "I'm convinced that Coach Kill brings the strong vision, depth of character, and ability to relate to people that we need for the Gophers program to compete at the Big Ten level," commented Mr. Allaire.

Dengel publishes with graduate students in two journals

Donald Dengel Dr. Don Dengel, associate professor in Kinesiology, has published two articles recently with current and former graduate students:

Draheim, C. C., Geijer, J. R., & Dengel, D. R. Comparison of Intima-media thickness of the carotid artery and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults with vs. without the Down syndrome. American Journal of Cardiology, published October, 2010

Templeton, D.A., Kelly, A.S., Steinberger, J., and Dengel, D. R. Lower relative bone mineral content in obese adolescents: Role of non-weight bearing exercise. Pediatric Exercise Science, 22, 2010.

Dr. Dengel's advisees are Aaron Kelly (Ph.D. 2004), Danielle Templeton (Ph.D. 2011), and Justin Geiger, second-year Ph.D.

Kinesiology researchers publish in Psychological Science

Anthony Mayo, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, is the first author on an article published in Psychological Science released January 11. "Postural effects of the horizon on land and sea" examines the effects of looking at the horizon as a way to reduce the body's instability while at sea. Mr. Mayo published the article along with Dr. Michael Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen, his adviser:

Postural Effects of the Horizon on Land and at Sea
Anthony M. Mayo, Michael G. Wade, and Thomas A. Stoffregen
Being aboard a ship swaying in the water can result in feelings of instability and can lead to sea sickness. Sea travelers have been told for generations to look at the horizon to help overcome the feelings of instability, but is there any truth to that advice? During a cruise in Mexico, crew members' body sway was measured as they stood on a platform, both at the dock and on the moving ship, and focused on a near target, a far target, or the horizon. On land, standing body sway was greater when participants looked at the horizon than when they looked at a nearby target. On the moving ship, body sway was the smallest when participants looked at the horizon, thus confirming the advice to look at the horizon to stabilize body posture while at sea.

Stoffregen named to scientific committee for international symposium

<a href= Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, has been named to the International Scientific Committee for the 3rd International Symposium on Visual Image Safety. The symposium will be held in Las Vegas, NV, in September 2011.

Wade discusses child mobility in parenting.com article

Michael WadeMichael Wade, professor in the School of Kinesiology, talks about the physics of a child's first steps in a parenting.com article, "Up, Up and Away!," by Dana Sulivan. Wade, an expert in motor learning and performance, human factors, and lifespan development, with research interests in gerontology, disability studies, and human factors, comments on early pediatric physical development relative to ambulatory potential.

January 13, 2011

Kinesiology's Stacy Ingraham publishes chapter on body composition in "FitWell" textbook

FitWell cover Stacy IngrahamDr. Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, is co-author of a chapter, "Body Composition," in a 2011 edited student textbook, "FitWell: Questions and Answers," by Gary Liguori and Sandra Carroll-Cobb.

January 3, 2011

Kinesiology's LaVoi and Kane publish chapter

Mary Jo KaneNicole LaVoiTwo Kinesiology professors, Mary Jo Kane, professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, have published a chapter, "Sociological Aspects of Sport," in "Contemporary Sport Management" (4th ed; Pederson, P. M., Parks, J. B., Quarterman, J., & Thibault, L., Eds) 2011 Human Kinetics: Champaign IL.

Nicole LaVoi interviewed on Zirin's 'Edge of Sports' radio show

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed on sports columnist Dave Zirin's "Edge of Sports" radio show on December 17. LaVoi talked to Zirin about the newly launched espnW. Listen to her interview at http://www.edgeofsports.com/audio/media/12-17-10_segment2.mp3

December 23, 2010

Dr. Diane Treat-Jacobson receives Best PAD Research Award in Vascular Medicine

Dr. Diane Treat-Jacobson, School of Nursing, who has been working on various research projects with Dr. Arthur Leon in the School of Kinesiology and his former Ph.D. student, Dr. Ulf Bronas, also of the School of Nursing, was presented with a prestigious award at the 2010 Vascular Disease Foundation Annual Meeting last fall. Dr. Treat-Jacobson was awarded the Best PAD Research Award in Vascular Medicine for work in the creation of new clinical research relevant to the understanding and treatment of PAD (peripheral artery disease) published in 2009. The research article, "Efficacy of arm-ergometry versus treadmill exercise training to improve walking distance in patients with claudication" was published with Dr. Leon and Dr. Bronas.

Beth Lewis quoted in Star Tribune article on Zumba

Beth LewisBeth Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed for a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article on the popular aerobic dance workout Zumba. "For someone who's physically fit, probably going for a run is going to provide a better workout, but for people who work out rarely, this is a fabulous gateway exercise because it encourages all kinds of people to just start moving their bodies to music," Lewis said. Read the complete article here.

December 15, 2010

Kinesiology's LaVoi interviewed on Zirin's "Edge of Sports" radio show

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be on sports columnist Dave Zirin's Edge of Sports radio show Thursday, December 16, at around 10:30 a.m. Dr. LaVoi will be talking to Zirin about the newly launched espnW.

December 13, 2010

NIH extends CLEVER grant; co-investigator is Beth Lewis

Dr. Beth Lewis, assistant professor in Kinesiology and co-investigator on the CLEVER (Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal Revascularation) study funded by the NIH, has learned that the grant will be extended for 1.5 years. Dr. Lewis is co-investigator on the grant with Timothy P. Murphy, M.D., of Brown Medication Center.

The CLEVER study is a multicenter randomized clinical trial that tests the hypothesis that stent placement results in improved exercise treadmill test performance compared with supervised exercise rehabilitation for people with claudication due to aortoiliac insufficiency.

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December 10, 2010

Stephanie Motiff receives UROP

Stephanie Motiff, pursuing her B.S. in Kinesiology and an undergraduate research assistant in the Affordance Perception Action Laboratory (APAL), has received a UROP award, which will support her research relating movement kinematics to the perception of multiple affordances. She is working with Prof.Tom Stoffregen, director of APAL.

LaVoi blogs on the scarcity of female coaches, commenting on demotion of U of M's women's golf coach Katie Brenny

In her occasional blog, Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, comments on the breaking story of the demotion of U of M women's golf coach Katie Brenny. LaVoi says more broadly that female coaches are fewer at all levels and that homophobia and a climate of intolerance are contributing factors.

The Star Tribune also has a story out today on Brenny's lawsuit.

December 6, 2010

Stoffregen gives Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility talk

<a href= School of Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen, director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, gave a talk December 3 at the University of Nebraska Omaha's Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility (NBCF) entitled, "Postural Variability: Performance and Exploration."

December 1, 2010

Kihl publishes in Journal of Sport Policy

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, associate professor in kinesiology, recently published an article titled "Democratization and governance in international sport: Addressing issues with athlete involvement in organizational policy" in the International Journal of Sport Policy. Co-authors are Dr. Lucie Thibault and Dr. Kathy Babiak.

Brownlee comments on public funding for Vikings stadium

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, sport management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, comments on the current climate for potential public funding of the Vikings stadium in the Star Tribune article, "Hail Mary pass or timeout for Vikes stadium?"

November 22, 2010

Dengel publishes a book chapter and an article in proceedings

Kinesiology associate professor Don Dengel, Ph.D., has recently published a book chapter and an article in a proceedings:

Dengel DR, Hearst MO, Harmon JH, Forsyth A, Lytle LA: Impact of the built environment on metabolic syndrome and other physiology variables. In: Baquet G, Berthoin S (eds.), Children and Exercise XXV: The Proceedings of the 25th Pediatric Work Physiology Meeting. Oxon, England: Routledge, pp. 59-64, 2011.

Dengel DR, Jacobs DR, Jr, Steinberger J, Moran AM, Sinaiko AR: Vascular function and structure in young adults: differences between males and females. Clinical Science 120(4):153-160, 2011.
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November 17, 2010

Tony Mayo, Kinesiology Ph.D., will give CCMS colloquium

Kinesiology Ph.D. student Tony Mayo, advised by Prof. Tom Stoffregen, will give a colloquium on "Postural Effects of the Horizon on Land and at Sea" on Monday, November 22, at 4 p.m. in 405 Walter Library. The colloquium is sponsored by the Center for Clinical Movement Science.

November 16, 2010

LaVoi participates in U of M panel on hazing

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is participating on a panel on hazing, "The Pros and Cons of Hazing," as part of the U of M's Hazing Prevention Week. The panel takes place today in the Coffman Memorial Union's President's Room, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

November 15, 2010

Recent publications from the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology

Donald DengelProf. Don Dengel, exercise physiologist in the School of Kinesiology, has had some recent publications with colleagues and students:

Dengel, D.R., & Bronas U.G.The role of endothelial dysfunction on development and progression of atherosclerosis and methods to assess vascular function and structure. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 4(6):445-456, 2010. Dr. Bronas is a former Kineisology Ph.D. student who studied with Dr. Arthur Leon.

Dengel, D.R., Hearst, M.O., Harmon, J.H., Sirard, J., Heitzler, C.D., & Lytle, L.A. Association of the home environment with cardiovascular and metabolic biomarkers in youth. Preventive Medicine, 51: 259-261, 2010. PMCID: PMC2939178. Mr. Harmon is a technician in the lab.

Scott, A.T., Metzig, A.M., Hames, R.K., Schwarzenberg, S.J., Dengel, D.R., Biltz, G.R., & Kelly, A.S. Acanthosis nigricans and oral glucose tolerance in obese children. Clinical Pediatrics,49(1):69-71, 2010. Dr. Biltz is a lecturer in Kinesiology; Dr. Scott and Dr. Metzig are former students of Prof. Dengel; Mr. Hames is a Kinesiology M.A. student advised by Prof. Dengel.

Chelsey Thul, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, awarded Thesis Research Grant

Chelsey Thul
Kinesiology doctoral student Chelsey Thul has received a $2,500 Thesis Research Grant from the Graduate School to support her research on overcoming barriers to physical activity for adolescent girls. Ms. Thul is working with Somali adolescent girls living in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood to study the social, environmental, cultural, and motivational challenges they experience in pursuing physical activity.

Ms. Thul is a graduate assistant in Kinesiology and in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

November 12, 2010

Graduate student gives advice in Runner's World

Laura Polikowky, M.A. student in Kinesiology and advised by Prof. Beth Lewis, was quoted in the November issue of Runner's World. Ms. Polikowsky, who also is a running coach, was the consulted expert in the Challenge Q&A section of the magazine on whether pushing a stroller while running counts for extra miles. Ms. Polikowsky responded that while you don't earn extra miles, there are other benefits of pushing a stroller, such as burning more calories. "The effort of pushing a stroller can also strengthen your deltoids, pectorals, and biceps," she added.

Stoffregen gives invited address in Seattle

<a href= School of Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen gave an invited address on Monday, November 8, at the University of Washington School of Oceanography in Seattle. His talk was titled, "Getting your sea legs: Body posture and visual performance at sea."

November 9, 2010

Kinesiology receives donation from fitness equipment manufacturer for physical activity research

FreeMotion Fitness™, a global manufacturer of fitness equipment, has donated six pieces of fitness equipment to the School of Kinesiology's new research facility, the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL).

The donation will enable Kinesiology researchers and students to use specialized equipment to conduct their studies in strength and cardiovascular training and interventions; metabolism and bioenergetics (how fat and carbohydrates in food enable human movement); kinetic chain recruitment patterns (how muscles work in unison); the use of vibration in exercise warm-up and recovery; and functional movement patterns related to balance, gait, and preventing falls.

Eric Statt, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, contacted FreeMotion Fitness for information about a specific piece of equipment, the Incline Trainer, to use in his dissertation research on bioenergetics. Mr. Statt's initial contact with the company led to the donation, which includes an incline trainer; a vibration plate used in muscle activation and recovery; and four pieces of strength equipment. All equipment will be used in research related to human performance and movement.

"The donation from FreeMotion will allow us to develop our sports performance research with state-of-the-art equipment," says Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Kinesiology lecturer and one of the lead scholars in the HSPL. "The donation facilitates our lab and our graduate students to pursue important questions specific to human and sports performance, which will contribute to the body of knowledge in the very visible world of athletics and the science of physiology related to sports performance."

November 5, 2010

Stoffregen explains how movies can make you sick

<a href=ABC News/Entertainment.com has bestowed Dr. Tom Stoffregen, movement science professor in the School of Kinesiology, an additional 15 minutes of fame.

Stoffregen was contacted by ABC to comment on "movies that make you ill." He was interviewed as part of an article on the upcoming movie "127 Hours," a true story about a hiker in Utah whose arm became trapped by a boulder, forcing him to amputate it to free himself. The scene was so difficult to watch that six film goers collapsed during the screening. Stoffregen, who was cited for his expertise in motion sickness, discussed the effects on audiences of movies such as "The Blair Witch Project," "Cloverfield," and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Kinesiology undergraduate awarded UROP

Kinesiology major Lauren Hemingway has received an award from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). She will be working on projects with Prof. Tom Stoffregen in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL).

Vikings players visit Cooke Hall to swim with kids

This past Tuesday three Minnesota Vikings players came to Cooke Hall to swim with a group of children in a program sponsored by the Vikings Children's Fund and run by the Department of Pediatrics (Dr. Aaron S. Kelly) and the School of Kinesiology (Drs. Don Dengel & George Biltz). The three-year project—Vikings Fitness Playbook: A Weight Management and Physical Fitness Program to Improve Heart Health and Quality of Life for Children—pairs School of Kinesiology undergraduate and graduate students with children from the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital Pediatric Weight Management Clinic. Every Tuesday night for 12 weeks, the children and their parents come to Mariucci Arena where a meal is provided and a dietician helps families learn about making changes for a healthier lifestyle. After dinner, the children participate in physical activity with the Kinesiology students who act as their personal trainer. Between weekly sessions, students follow up with the families via telephone to check in and provide support. After the 12-week supervised phase, children and their families will be followed for another six months and encouraged to continue with the new diet and physical activity behaviors that they learned during the course of this program. The program will start with another group of children and their families in the fall of 2011. This week Minnesota Vikings Colt Anderson, Freddie Brown, and Hank Baskett joined the kids in the pool for a little fun and education about the benefits of physical activity. For more on this event, tune into Vikings Weekly on Fox Sports North.

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November 4, 2010

First Gopher Adventure Race is a success

On October 22, under an unseasonably warm sun, scores of University students, faculty, and staff participated in the U of M's first Gopher Adventure Race. The race, conceived and organized by Dr. Connie Magnuson, Kinesiology lecturer in recreation, park and leisure studies program, was so successful that plans are already being made for the GAR 2011.

For more details, check out the Gopher Adventure Race Web page (http://www.cehd.umn.edu/kin/adventure/) and watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKdEf38EXfo.

November 3, 2010

Kinesiology Ph.D. student to present poster at COSP symposium

Jessica Galvan, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology, has been selected to present her research poster at the Research Poster Symposium sponsored by the Community of Scholars Program this Friday, November 5, at the Campus Club in Coffman Memorial Union.

Ms. Galvan's poster is titled "Analysis of Aerobic Capacity Prediction Equations for the Shuttle Run Test in Hispanic Elementary School-Aged Children." Eighteen posters were chosen for the symposium from departments across the University. The poster presentations will be held from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and roundtable discussions from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Ms. Galvan is advised by Prof. Daheia Barr-Anderson.

November 2, 2010

Kinesiology Ph.D. student wins Best Student Paper at SMA conference

Megan Shreffler, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport management, won Best Student Paper at the 8th Annual Sport Marketing Association Conference last week in New Orleans, LA. The paper, entitled "The Socialization of Chicagoans into Baseball Fandom," won this prestigious award, which is the association's highest honor for graduate students. Ms. Shreffler is advised by Prof. Stephen Ross.

November 1, 2010

Kinesiology's Magnuson presents at Saturday Scholars

Dr. Connie Magnuson, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology's recreation and outdoor education programs, is giving a presentation on "The Gopher Adventure Race: An academic experience" at this year's Saturday Scholars program at Coffman Memorial Union on Saturday, November 6.

October 28, 2010

Karate instructor Robert Fusaro awarded 8th Degree Black Belt

Robert Fusaro, instructor for PE 1035, Karate, and PE 1135, Intermediate Karate, has been awarded the level of 8th Degree Black Belt by the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF). Mr. Fusaro, who has been teaching Karate at the U of M since 1965, is 77. He began his training in 1955 while stationed in Japan during the Korean War and obtained his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1959. This award makes Fusaro one of the highest ranking non-Japanese to achieve this black belt level.

"Sensei Fusaro has been a mentor to thousands of Traditional Karate students throughout the years," said Richard Jorgensen, chair of the ITKF. "He is an outstanding instructor and role model."

Robert Fusaro

Fusaro was the first to propose that women should be allowed to compete in Kumite (sparring) tournaments. Until the late 1960s, women were allowed only to take karate classes. Fusaro trained Nina Chenault, the first woman to compete in tournaments in the United States. Along with his many other activities related to karate, he is an instructor for the Shotokan Karate Sport Club at the U of M Recreation Center.


October 25, 2010

Weiss publishes in American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with former doctoral student Cheryl Stuntz, St. Lawrence University, published a state-of-the-art review that highlights the psychological and social predictors of physical activity among youth. The pathways to enhancing physical activity motivation and positive health outcomes include four ingredients: perceptions of competence, sense of choice or autonomy, supportive relationships, and enjoyment of participation. The full reference of the article is: Stuntz, C.P., & Weiss, M.R. (2010). Motivating children and adolescents to sustain a physically active lifestyle. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 4(5), 433-444.

October 20, 2010

The Tucker Center's Fall 2010 Distinguished Lecture Archived

An archive of the Tucker Center's Fall 2010 Distinguished Lecture is available online.

The lecture, "Reducing Obesity among Minority Females: The Critical Role of Physical Activity", featured three U of M scholars: Beth Lewis, Ph.D., Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Excitement builds for Gopher Adventure Race

The Gopher Adventure Race, conceived and organized by Dr. Connie Magnuson, lecturer in recreation and outdoor education, is featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press today. Read about how this adventure race, the first at the U of M, is different from others, and the excitement it's generated over the last few weeks. The race will be held this Friday, October 21, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. It starts on the U of M's East Bank.

http://www.twincities.com/ci_16381619?source=email

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Konczak inducted as Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, professor of biomechanics in the School of Kinesiology, was inducted October 9 as a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (formerly the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education) at the organization's 80th annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA.

The National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) is an honorary organization composed of Fellows who have made significant contributions to the field through scholarship and professional service. Konczak joins School of Kinesiology colleagues Mary Jo Kane, Arthur S. Leon, Tom Stoffregen, Michael G. Wade, and Maureen Weiss, who are also NAK Fellows. Congratulations, Professor Konczak!

Prof. Stephen Ross discusses Brett Favre off the field on Fox 9

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in sport management in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed for Fox 9 News by Maury Glover regarding the recent news of Brett Favre's off-the-field incidents and the allegations that he sent inappropriate text messages. Ross discussed the impact that the allegations might have upon the endorsement power of Favre, and the effects of the incident related to marketing the athlete's future.

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/favre-endorsements-in-jeopardy-oct-19-2010

Dr. Jo Ann Buysse publishes with graduate student Bria Borcherding

Jo Ann Buysse Dr. Jo Ann Buysse, lecturer in Kinesiology, has published a journal article with Kinesiology master's student Bria Borcherding:

Buysse, Jo Ann M., & Borcherding, Bria. Framing Gender and Disability: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Photographs From the 2008 Paralympic Games. Full Text Available. International Journal of Sport Communication, Sep2010, Vol. 3, Issue 3, p308.


October 15, 2010

Kane quoted in New York Times article on new espnW network

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in "ESPN Introducing a Digital Presence for Women," an article on ESPN's new brand marketed to female sports fans. Kane and others comment on the challenges facing the coverage the media platform promises.

Stoffregen, doctoral advisee publishing in Journal of Motor Behavior

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Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen, along with his graduate student, Yawen Yu, and colleague Benoit Bardy, has had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Motor Behavior: The paper is titled "Influences of head and torso movement before and during affordance perception" and Ms. Yu is the lead author. The article is based on a study that is part of Ms. Yu's doctoral dissertation project.

October 12, 2010

Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture will address obesity and physical activity

The annual Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center on the West Bank. The lecture, sponsored each year by the Tucker Center for Research in Girls & Women in Sport, will address the topic, "Reducing Obesity among Minority Females: The Critical Role of Physical Activity." Three U of M scholars will present: Beth Lewis, Ph.D., Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. The lecture is free and open to the public. To learn more about the Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture, go to http://www.cehd.umn.edu/tuckercenter/lecture/default.html.

See the press release.

October 11, 2010

Maureen Weiss inducted as president of the National Academy of Kinesiology

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was inducted as president of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK; formerly American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE)) on October 9 at its annual meeting held in Williamsburg, VA. The National Academy of Kinesiology is an honorary organization composed of Fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of kinesiology through scholarship and professional service.

The dual purpose of the National Academy of Kinesiology is to encourage and promote the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity and to honor by election to Fellow those individuals who have contributed significantly to this purpose.

September 30, 2010

Kinesiology faculty publish with former doctoral advisee

Kinesiology movement science professors Dr. Michael G. Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen have published an article with Dr. Wade's former advisee, Dr. Chih-Hui Chang (Ph.D. Kinesiology, 2006), who is also the lead author:

Chang, C.-H., Wade, M. G., Stoffregen, T. A., Hsu, C.-Y., & Pan, C.-Y. (2010). Visual tasks and postural sway in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31, 1536-1542.

September 29, 2010

Kinesiology doctoral student to publish in International Journal of Sport Management

Clinton Warren, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, and his adviser, Prof. Stephen Ross, have had an article accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sport Management. Mr. Warren is the lead author. "Beyond Beckham: The designated player rule in major league soccer" looks at the impact highly paid designated players have had on spectator attendance. The article will be published in 2011.

Ice Hockey Summit on concussion to be held at Mayo Clinic in October

The Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center is hosting a collaborative "Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussion" in Rochester, MN, October 19-20, 2010. The summit will bring together top scientists, trainers, coaches, officials and manufacturers from across the United States and Canada to discuss concussion-related issues, including the science of concussions, their impact, return to play guidelines, equipment manufacturing, rules and regulations such as body checking, and the challenges of officiating and enforcement.

Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Dr. Nicole LaVoi from Kinesiology will be attending. Participants will develop an "Action Plan: Integrating Action Items into the Strategic Plan" and a strategy to share the plan with the hockey community. While the summit will focus on hockey, concussion-related topics will apply to all sports.

The summit is jointly sponsored by USA Hockey, the International Ice Hockey Federation, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, The Hockey Equipment Certification Council and supported by Team Wendy and the Johannson-Gund endowment.

The summit is offering a reduced registration rate of $25 for students or media representatives who are unable to afford the standard rate.

More information is available at www.mayo.edu/cme/sports-medicine.html

Wiese-Bjornstal publishes in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport

Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor in Kinesiology, has had an article published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. The paper, which provides a review and consensus statement on sport injury psychology and socioculture, appears in the October 2010 Special Issue: Performance in Top Sports Involving Intense Exercise.

Wiese-Bjornstal, D.M. (2010). Psychology and socioculture affect injury risk, response, and recovery in high intensity athletes: A consensus statement. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 20 (Suppl. 2), 103-111.

September 28, 2010

Alum and women's sports pioneer Linda Wells honored

Over 100 friends, admiring fans, and dignitaries gathered Sept. 27 on a brilliant autumn afternoon to watch Linda Wells, kinesiology master's graduate, receive the University's Outstanding Achievement Award.
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The highest non-academic honor presented to a University of Minnesota graduate, the award acknowledged Wells' groundbreaking accomplishments in women's intercollegiate sports. In 1974, at the age of 21, she became the University's first full-time head coach in three women's sports: basketball, softball, and volleyball. From the start, she was a passionate advocate who challenged athletic directors and school presidents to get what she needed for her teams. She coached 15 years at the U before taking over the women's softball program at Arizona State University. She has coached at the international level, overseeing Olympic softball teams in the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympics, played professional softball, and founded her own business, Wells Sports Corporation, which specializes in coaching clinics, speaking engagements, and products and services for youth sports.

Wells retired in 2005 with a collegiate coaching overall winning record of 884-653, numerous conference championships, All-American awards, and an array of medals and national tournament berths. Over the course of her career, Wells empowered countless girls and women through her willingness to challenge the status quo.

Speakers at the ceremony included Regina Sullivan, senior associate athletics director, Kathryn F. Brown, vice president and chief of staff in the President's Office, Jean K. Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Mary Jo Kane, director of the School of Kinesiology, and Deborah Wilson, Ramsey County judge. Rayla Allison, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and Wells's teammate when both played for the women's professional softball team, the Chicago Ravens, told the crowd, "Lots of people talk about injustice. The difference is that Linda time and again worked courageously--even when it took a personal and professional toll--to correct it."

Linda Wells's name will be engraved on the Alumni Wall of Honor adjacent to the McNamara Alumni Center.

September 20, 2010

Barr-Anderson publishes in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Daheia Barr-Anderson

Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in Kinesiology, has had an article accepted for publication in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The article on the systematic review of the effects of short (15 minutes or less) bouts of physical activity will be published with colleagues from UCLA and Gramercy Research Center in Winston Salem, NC.

Barr-Anderson DJ, AuYoung M, Whitt-Glover MC, Glenn BA, Yancey AK. Structural re-integration of short bouts of physical activity in organizational routine: a systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In press.

Barr-Anderson is PI on grant from General Mills Foundation

Daheia Barr-Anderson

Along with colleagues from the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health, Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in Kinesiology, received a grant for $38,651 from the General Mills Foundation to disseminate PALA+Peers and PALA+Parents program materials. The PALA+ programs (Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, part of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign) are interventions that enhance the already established PALA. The enhanced interventions were designed with a peer and a parent component to increase the impact of the PALA program. Dr. Barr-Anderson is PI for this award.

The dissemination project is a collaboration with General Mills and the program materials for both PALA+Peers and PALA+Parents will be available through the General Mills Box Top program.

Kihl presents at European Association of Sport Management Conference

Lisa Kihl Dr. Lisa Kihl, associate professor in Sport Management, is attending the European Association of Sport Management Conference in Prague, Czech Republic this week. She presented a paper with co-authors Lucie Thibault (Brock University-Canada) and Kathy Babiak (University of Michigan) titled "Athlete involvement in the governance of international sport."

September 17, 2010

Doctoral student competes in World Mountain Running Championships

lundstrom.jpgChris Lundstrom, kinesiology Ph.D. student and elite marathoner, was a proud member of Team USA in the World Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia recently. Lundstrom competed in the national qualifying race in June. He finished 8th, but one runner dropped out and another was injured, so Lundstrom was next on the list to run in Slovenia during the Labor Day weekend. He ran the 12-kilometer race, which involves a 4,400-foot climb in the Alps, in 1 hour, 4 minutes, finishing sixth out of six USA runners, but he still made a contribution to the silver medal-winning men's open division team.

Read the Star Tribune article on Lundstrom's experience and training regimen.

Lundstrom is the advisee of Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Arthur Leon.


Leon to be published in Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health

Art LeonDr. Arthur Leon, professor in kinesiology, has had his article, "Dyslipedmia and Risk of CHD: Role of Lifestyle Approaches for Management," selected for publication in the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health, which will be published by Sage Publications in 2011. Leon's article was recently published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. The editor of the encyclopedia says, "We went through a rigorous process to choose the best and most relevant articles to share with this wider audience and have only selected a handful of articles from AJLM to serve this dual purpose. Your article is one of the most important ones that we have published in AJLM and for this reason we have selected it to also be included in the Encyclopedia."

LaVoi comments on Sainz' locker room treatment

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, offers comment live on Fox 9 News regarding a recent incident with Mexican reporter Ines Sainz when footballs were thrown at her in a professional football team locker room.


September 15, 2010

Leon presenting at AHA, international conferences

Art Leon
An abstract submitted by Dr. Arthur Leon, professor in Kinesiology, and Dr. Ulf Bronas and Dr. Diane Treat-Jacobson, School of Nursing, entitled" Effects of arm-ergometry exercise training on vascular function in patients with severe peripheral arterial disease" has been accepted for presentation at the National Annual Meeting of the American Heart Association this November in Chicago. Dr. Leon has also been invited to present at two international meetings: The EPS Global International Cardiovascular Forum, Oct 2010, in Nha Trang, Vietnam, on the topic, "Exercise following myocardial infarction: Current recommendations" and the 21st International Puijo Symposium in June in Kuopio, Finland. His presentation in Finland will be "Physical Exercise, Aging, and Disability-Current Evidence" with the assigned presentation topic, "Exercise medicine for older people."

Barr-Anderson is named a 2010 BIRCWH scholar

Daheia Barr-Anderson
The University's Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health has announced that Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in kinesiology, has been chosen as a 2010 BIRCWH scholar.

BIRCWH, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health, is a grant program from the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health designed to foster the career development of junior faculty members. The grant supports four junior faculty members in developing their research in women's health for up to three years or until they have received further federal funding. BIRCWH scholars must engage in basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, or health services research in an area relevant to women's health, with an emphasis on sex and gender factors.

"I am really excited to have been selected as a BIRCWH scholar," says Barr-Anderson. "My proposed BIRCWH research plan builds on the research agenda I have started developing as a Powell Center Scholar and from foundation grants I have received. This BIRCWH award will provide necessary mentoring, training, and research funds to support my research agenda and academic career and prepare me to develop and submit a competitive NIH R-series grant within the next 12-18 months."

Congratulations, Dr. Barr-Anderson!

September 13, 2010

Barr-Anderson to give keynote at 2010 TC Health Summit

Daheia Barr-Anderson
The American Cancer Society, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are hosting the 2010 TC Health Summit: Improving your Health with Practical & Innovative Tips - Fitness & Nutrition and Breast & Prostate Cancer. Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in Kinesiology, has been invited to give the key note speech about fitness and nutrition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept 25 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC). RSVP to Keith Allen (keith.allen@cancer.org) by Sept 17.

September 10, 2010

Konczak and colleagues publish study in journal Stroke

In collaboration with German colleagues from the University Medical Center in Essen, Prof. Juergen Konczak and researchers from the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory analyzed the motor performance of patients within days after a cerebellar stroke and then measured their rate of recovery over the next three months. The study revealed that the prognosis for recovery was clearly better when the deeper structures of the cerebellum were spared from stroke - a finding that has important implications for post-stroke treatment.

The results are published in the journal Stroke, which is considered the world's No.1 clinical journal related to stroke research (impact factor 7.04). To freely access the paper visit: http://stroke.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/STROKEAHA.110.583641?ijkey=PlrxCexYhfpUbxh&keytype=ref

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Kin graduate student Claud Allaire mentioned in Xtra Point

Kinesiology doctoral student Claud Allaire was recognized in the last issue of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) quarterly publication Xtra Point for his contributions to the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. The AFCA is the national professional organization for all football coaches.

Wade invited to present keynote address at University of Leeds

Michael WadeDr. Michael Wade, professor in Kinesiology, will be traveling to England this October to deliver the keynote address for retiring colleague David Sugden, professor of special needs in education in the School of Education, University of Leeds. Dr. Wade and Dr. Sugden have collaborated on numerous projects related to motor development and motor impairment in children. Ten other speakers have been invited to present at the Festschrift ceremony.

Wade invited to serve on editorial review board

Michael WadeDr. Micheal Wade, professor in Kineisology, has been invited to serve on the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, which is a specialty section of the publication Frontiers in Psychology.

September 1, 2010

Fox 9 News interviews LaVoi on Elk River hazing incident

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed live on Fox 9 News by Jeff Passolt regarding a recent hazing incident that led to suspension of students on the Elk River high school football team. LaVoi emphasized the importance of having strong policies regarding hazing and of imposing consequences for such behavior.

See the interview below:

August 27, 2010

Abstract coauthored by Leon accepted for presentation at Heart-Brain Summit 2010

An abstract entitled, "The Lite HEARTEN Study: How exercise and relaxation techniques affect subclinical markers of heart disease in women," authored by Dr. Arthur Leon, professor in Kinesiology, and Dr. Ulf Bronas and Prof. and Associate Dean Ruth Lindquist, both of the School of Nursing, has been accepted for presentation at the Heart-Brain Summit 2010 hosted by the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, NV, in September. Dr. Bronas is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing and was advised by Dr. Leon. LeonA-2005[2].jpg | | Comments (0)

Stoffregen and students publish in prestigious journal

<a href=Dr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, has published two articles with students/colleagues in the prestigious journal, Ecological Psychology:

Stoffregen, T. A., Yoshida, K., Villard, S., Scibora, L., & Bardy, B. G. (2010). Stance width influences postural stability and motion sickness. Ecological Psychology, 22, 169-191.

Mantel, B., Bardy, B. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Locomotor assessment of whether an object is reachable. Ecological Psychology, 22, 192-211.

Ken Yoshida and Lesley Scibora are doctoral candidates in Kinesiology. Dr. Villard is a Visiting Scholar in Dr. Stoffregen's lab, Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory. Dr. Mantel received the PhD in Sport Science from the Universite de Montpellier-1 (France); Dr. Stoffregen was a member of his PhD committee.

August 23, 2010

Ross delivers keynote at international symposium in Seoul

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology, delivered the invited keynote address, "Developing global brand equity in the sport event industry," at the Brain Korea 21 International Symposium at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, on August 21. The symposium focused on international perspectives on strategic sport management.

August 20, 2010

Magnuson to present Gopher Adventure Race at U of M, Colorado this fall

Connie MagnusonDr. Connie Magnuson, lecturer in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies in the School of Kinesiology, watched Adventure Racing, made popular by the television show Amazing Race, take off in colleges around the country, and thought, Why not at the U of M? This November, Dr. Magnuson, who has collaborated with U of M student programs, the Center for Outdoor Education, and community partners to create a unique, challenging course event, will present the Gopher Adventure Race (GAR) at CEHD's Saturday Scholars. She was also invited to present GAR at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education National Conference in Keystone, CO. For more information on this University-wide event, go to:

http://www.cehd.umn.edu/kin/recreation/gopher-race.asp

July 28, 2010

Tucker Center director's new role with ESPN featured on MinnPost

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is profiled on her appointment to the espnW advisory panel in a story by MinnPost's Jay Weiner. The story, "Media critic and women's sports advocate Mary Jo Kane is about to step into the belly of the ESPN beast," discusses Kane's expertise on sports, media, and gender issues and her opportunity to make a difference as ESPN launches its new business and digital platform for women, espnW.

Dateline July 30: This story has now been picked up by the online magazine Salon.com's Broadsheet with the provocative title "The woman who could save ESPN."

July 26, 2010

LaVoi quoted in Salt Lake Times' article on youth sport

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in a Salt Lake Times article ("What happened to Utah's beloved 'Sandlot'?" by Bill Oram) regarding the rise of organized youth sport and the lack of free play for kids.

July 20, 2010

LaVoi participates in ShiftN think tank hosted by Nike

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, traveled to London on July 8 to participate in a think tank workshop run by ShiftN and hosted by Nike. LaVoi and experts from a variety of industries and academic disciplines discussed how Nike could best leverage current research, their resources, and brand to promote and sustain physical activity. This initiative is a project of the new Nike Social Innovation team.

July 9, 2010

Alumni Association CEO and CEHD alumnus Phil Esten develops playbook for building organization

As the University of Minnesota’'s associate athletics director, Phil Esten helped the University raise funds for and complete one of its most ambitious building projects in years, the $288.5 million TCF Bank Stadium.

Now, he's tackling a different type of building project: growing the University's 60,000-member alumni association. For Esten, who was named CEO of the association in April, the word "growth" isn't simply about increasing membership numbers.

Read more about his ideas and background in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

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Photographer: Nancy Kuehn | Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

July 7, 2010

Kane named to espnW Advisory Panel

Mary Jo KaneDr. Mary Jo Kane, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, has been named to the Advisory Panel of espnW, a new source of sports information for girls and women that will officially debut next spring. espnW marks an expansion of the ESPN brand that will appeal to girls in high school sports and to female athletes who want to continue their sports involvement after college.

The Advisory Panel is made up of 29 of the most prominent women and men in sports around the country. The panel will hold a two-day retreat in September to explore ideas for the new female sports agenda.

June 30, 2010

Kipp, Bolter, Bhalla, and Weiss give research presentations at NASPSPA conference

Lindsay Kipp and Nicole Bolter (doctoral students) and Jennifer Bhalla and Maureen Weiss (faculty), all in the School of Kinesiology, presented three research papers on positive youth development through sport at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity earlier this month in Tucson, AZ. Papers included studies on adult and peer influences on sportsmanlike attitudes in youth hockey, mechanisms of coaching behaviors that promote sportsmanship among adolescent athletes, and coaches and parents as sources of developmental sport experiences among adolescent girls.

June 25, 2010

CEHD students climb a mountain and more in Learning Abroad trip to Kenya

Connie MagnusonDr. Connie Magnuson, School of Kinesiology lecturer, led a group of 13 CEHD students on a U of M Learning Abroad course to Kenya in May. While climbing Mt. Kenya (the second highest mountain on the continent), students, faculty, and expert guides presented lessons on topics such as the impact of global climate change, wildlife preservation, political involvement in wilderness management, wilderness and minority cultures and more. The students stayed for a few days in the village of Kambi, living with families in the village and preparing a newly built classroom for 6th grade students at Kambi Primary School. The students' many life-changing experiences are captured in an inspiring video created by Dr. Magnuson:

http://animoto.com/play/Wnlao7QWOinShwGW54Iuww?utm_content=main_link

June 15, 2010

Kinesiology M.Ed. student shares time, talent with aspiring athletes

In addition to his full-time career and his graduate studies,Tony Yazbeck, an M.Ed. student in applied kinesiology, is committed to helping and mentoring young people in education and athletics. WCCO-TV features him in a "Life to the Max" segment. Watch his inspiring story.

Kinesiology graduate drafted by Minnesota Twins

Kyle Knudson.jpgKinesiology graduate Kyle Knudson has been drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Knudson was a catcher for the Golden Gophers baseball team and graduated this spring with his B.S. in sport management. Read more at GopherSports and USA Today.

Knudson was featured in the story "More than a game" on athletes and academics in the fall 2009 issue of Connect.

International Sport Connection featured on SportsUnited Web site

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has featured the International Sport Connection (ISC) on their SportsUnited website . The University of Minnesota and Macalester College are partnering with the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) to administer the ISC program in Uganda. School of Kinesiology associate professor Diane Weise-Bjornstal, lecturer Dr. Stacy Ingraham, and Dr. Jens Omli traveled to Uganda in May as part of the U of M delegation to train, teach, and mentor Ugandan youth soccer coaches.

Kinesiology doctoral student to participate in social media panel

Austin Stair CalhounSchool of Kinesiology third-year sport sociology doctoral student and Tucker Center research assistant Austin Stair Calhoun will take part in a panel on Social Media in Sport on Friday, June 18, at the Target Center at 7:30 am. Minnesota Lynx's Candice Wiggins, Greg Litman (WCCO), Matt Teske (@StPaulSaints), and Scott Spiridigliozzi (Minnesota Timberwolves) will join Calhoun at the 27th Social Media Breakfast in Minneapolis & St. Paul.

Admission to the event is free and a limited number of tickets are still available.

June 11, 2010

Sport Management undergraduate minor approved

A new undergraduate minor in Sport Management has received University approval and is available to students beginning this fall.The free-standing minor requires 17 credits and "provides students from different disciplines the opportunity to explore interest in the sport industry, while combining their passion for sport with sport management concepts and practices."

A description and list of requirements is available in the Twin Cities Undergraduate Catalog at this link: https://webapps-prd.oit.umn.edu/programCatalog/viewCatalogProgram.do?programID=4456&strm=1109&campus=UMNTC

June 9, 2010

Kinesiology doctoral student appears on Fox 9 on Chris Pronger controversy

Austin Stair CalhounSchool of Kinesiology third-year sport sociology doctoral student and Tucker Center research assistant Austin Stair Calhoun appeared on Fox 9 June 9 to talk about the Chris Pronger controversy. Pronger, the Philadelphia Flyers' star defenseman, is portrayed in a recent issue of the Chicago Tribune in a skirt with the headline of "Chrissy Pronger: Looks Like Tarzan, Skates Like Jane." Click here to watch the video ...

Wade, Stoffregen publish with former student

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The article "Visual tasks and postural sway in children with and without autism spectrum disorders" by Chih-Hui Chang, Michael G. Wade, and Thomas A. Stoffregen, has been accepted for publication in Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Chang received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the U of M. Dr. Wade was her adviser and Dr. Stoffregen was on her committee.

June 8, 2010

Kinesiology doctoral student featured on Driven to Discover: The Research Series

Kinesiology Ph.D. student Austin Stair Calhoun, sport sociology, is a featured researcher in the University's latest Driven to Discover: The Research Series. She describes her dissertation research on "Examining Homophobia in Sports and New Media," explaining how she became interested in the topic and her methods of research. Professor Mary Jo Kane, her adviser, is also interviewed in the video feature.

June 4, 2010

Tucker Center's LaVoi, Calhoun, & Houghton Attending Blogs with Balls Conference

bwb3_PG_500c.png Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, third-year sport sociology doctoral student, research assistant, and information technology fellow Austin Stair Calhoun, and third-year sport sociology doctoral student Emily Houghton are attending "Blogs with Balls 3", a sports blogging conference in Chicago on June 4th and 5th. LaVoi will be participating in a panel presentation, "You've Gotta Fight For Your Right...to Blog?: A Legal and Ethical Primer to Sports Media in 2010". LaVoi will be joined on the panel by Jonah Keri, Alana Nguyen (Yardbarker), Josh Zerkle (With Leather), and moderated by Jason McIntyre (The Big Lead). The entire conference will be livestreamed on Justin.tv, beginning Saturday at 10am.

June 3, 2010

Kane comments in LA Times article on Supreme Court nominee photo

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times article "Photo raises issue of sexual orientation in softball" regarding Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. In the article Kane discusses the misconceptions associated with sexual orientation for women in sports in relation to a highly publicized photo of Kagan playing softball.

June 2, 2010

Kinesiology's Bolter and Weiss present at NASPSPA 2010

Nicole Bolter, Ph.D. candidate, and Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., both of the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, are attending the 2010 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity's (NASPSPA) annual conference, June 10-12, 2010, in Tucson, AZ. They are giving a presentation entitled, "Coaching for character: Development and initial validation for a measure of coaching behaviors focused on sportsmanship."

June 1, 2010

Soccer coach training program in Uganda attracts national attention

<aDr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal (right) and <aDr. Stacy Ingraham returned last week from Africa where they delivered a youth soccer coaching education program to over 160 men and women coaches from across Uganda. They and several other academics and professionals from the Twin Cities area are involved in this ongoing project funded by an International Sports Programming Initiative grant from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Dr. Jens Omli, ICD, another member of the group, will return from Uganda on Saturday. The group was featured in a Ugandan news story: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/30/719937

May 27, 2010

Kinesiology professor awarded grant for obesity research

Donald DengelDon Dengel, kinesiology professor in exercise physiology, has been awarded a grant-in-aid from the Graduate School for his research on obesity and its impact on cognition and cerebral structure and function. The amount of the award is $30,518. Dengel is also the director the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, which studies the effect of various diseases (e.g., obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome) on vascular and cardiac systems.

Leon featured in historic video project

Art LeonProfessor Art Leon, M.D., is featured in the American College of Sports Medicine's Distinguished Leaders in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science historic video project. The DVD is being offered at ACSM's Annual Meeting in Baltimore next week.

Stoffregen publishes with advisees, post-doc

<a href=Professor Tom Stoffregen's most recent publication is with Ph.D. candidate Yawen Yu, recent Ph.D. graduate Jane Yank, and former NIH-supported post-doc Sebastien Villard:

Yu, Y., Yank, J. R., Villard, S., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2010). Postural activity and visual vigilance performance during rough seas. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.


Carol Nielsen elected CS representative to University Senate

Congratulations to Carol Nielsen, Executive Secretary in the Academic Office, for being elected to a three-year term to the University Senate. Ms. Nielsen will be a Civil Service representative in the Academic Affairs area. Her term will start July 1 and end June 30, 2013.

Ph.D. candidate Lesley Scibora awarded 2010-11 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Lesley Scibora, Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School for 2010-2011. This prestigious and highly competitive fellowship will support Ms.Scibora in her research and dissertation preparation during the the 2010-11 academic year. Ms. Scibora is advised by Prof. Moira Petit.

Danielle Templeton awarded 3-year postdoc fellowship

Danielle Templeton, Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology with an exercise physiology emphasis, has been offered a three-year Cardiology T32 PostDoctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She'll be working with Dr. Christopher DeSouza and Dr. Brian Stauffer on a study titled, "Dietary Linoleic Acid, Cardiovascular Function and Heart Failure."

The fellowship begins this August. Congratulations, Danielle!

May 21, 2010

Wade awarded 2010 Faculty and Staff Research Award for project on autism

Michael WadeProf. Michael Wade, Kinesiology, has been presented a 2010 Faculty and Staff Research Award for his project, "Sensitivity to biological motion in children with autism spectrum disorder." The $5,000 award is from the CEHD Office of Research and Policy. Dr. David R. Johnson, senior associate dean for research and policy, commented, "This is a great accomplishment given the very competitive set of proposals."


Kin undergrad Sigrid Casey featured in Rec Sports Member Newsletter

Sigrid Casey, Kinesiology B.S. student, is featured in the Recreational Sports Member Newsletter for April. Read about Sigrid's interests and aspirations, download the Member Newsletter PDF.

Konczak publishes with doctoral students Aman and Lu

Prof. Juergen Konczak, Kinesiology professor, has published an article with graduate students Joshua Aman and Chiahao Lu titled "The integration of vision and haptic sensing: a computational and neural perspective." It will appear online this month in the journal Cognitive Critique. This is the first review paper to be published by students Aman and Lu, who are Prof. Konczak's assistants in the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab.

May 19, 2010

LaVoi attending International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG)

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is in Sydney, Australia, attending the International Working Group on Women and Sport's (IWG) World Conference on Women with over 500 delegates from around the world. She is presenting her abstracts, "Developing and Empowering Physically Active Girls: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach" and "The Occupational Sex Segregation of Female Youth Soccer Coaches."

Kinesiology faculty blog from Uganda soccer coach training program

Jens OmliDiane M. Wiese-BjornstalStacy IngrahamJens Omli, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, and Stacy Ingraham of the School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota; former Gopher soccer player and Arkansas State assistant soccer coach Lisa Berg, Macalester College soccer coach Ian Barker; University of Northern Illinois soccer coach Carrie Barker; and Wheaton College soccer coach Michael Guiliano are blogging from Africa as they deliver a youth soccer coaching education program to over 160 men and women coaches from across Uganda. Check out their blog.

May 15, 2010

Kinesiology Ph.D. student's research featured on Chicago Public Radio

Chelsey ThulDoctoral student Chelsey Thul, research assistant in the Tucker Center and graduate assistant in the physical activity social and behavioral science area of the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed this week by Chicago Public Radio for the Worldview segment about her work with East African girls and physical inactivity.

The work of Thul and many others in the college to promote the physical activity and well-being of youth was featured in the fall 2009 issue of Connect.

May 13, 2010

Kinesiology Ph.D. student recognized by World Record winners

KARE 11 reporters Eric Perkins and Dave Watkins played singles tennis for 36 hours at Gustavus Adolphus College to break the current World Record for continuous singles tennis earlier this month. Part of their goal in taking on a tennis marathon was to raise money for the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life to support former Gustavus tennis coach Steve Wilkinson, who is battling cancer. The players thanked current Gustavus coach, Kinesiology Ph.D. student Tommy Valentini, and Wilkinson for the opportunity. Valentini and Wilkinson made Perkins and Watkins honorary members of the Gustavus team. Valentini is studying sport sociology and is advised by Dr. Nicole LaVoi. Read more about the story at:

http://www.kare11.com/sports/sports_article.aspx?storyid=849465&catid=24

May 11, 2010

Stoffregen publishes in Ecological Psychology

Tom StoffregenDr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, announces a new publication:

Stoffregen, T. A., Yoshida, K., Villard, S., Scibora, L., & Bardy, B. G. (2010). Stance width influences postural stability and motion sickness. Ecological Psychology, in press.

Publication authors Ken Yoshida and Lesley Scibora are School of Kinesiology Ph.D. candidates. Sebastien Villard held a postdoctoral position with Dr. Stoffregen from 2006-08.

May 10, 2010

Barr-Anderson discusses research on obesity in African American children

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in kinesiology, and her research study on how factors in the home environment contribute to obesity in African American children, adolescents, and their families, were featured last week in an article in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Three Kinesiology students are among Honors Program graduates

Three Kinesiology undergraduates from the Honors Program will be celebrated at CEHD Commencement this Thursday:

Matt Moore is graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University Honors Program and will enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the U of M next Fall.

Audra Ragan is also graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University Honors Program and will enter the physical therapy program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chris Reiff started his undergraduate career in the Kinesiology Honors program. He will enter Medical School at UW-Madison next Fall.

Congratulations, Honors graduates!

Weiss publishes in American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with her co-author Cheryl Stuntz, St. Lawrence University, published an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine titled "Motivating Children and Adolescents to Sustain a Physically Active Lifestyle." In this review, the authors contend that knowing children's and adolescents' physical activity should be increased is not enough to enhance activity frequency, intensity, and duration. An understanding of psychological and social predictors of physical activity behaviors is essential to contributing to active lifestyles. Adults in children's lives can structure everyday environments in ways that enhance motivation for physical activity. The pathways to enhancing youths' physical activity motivation and behaviors, and positive health outcomes, include four common ingredients: feelings of competence, perceptions of choice or autonomy, supportive relationships, and enjoyment of activity participation.

May 7, 2010

Thul awarded Hauge Fellowship

Chelsey ThulChelsey Thul, research assistant in the Tucker Center and graduate assistant in the Physical Activity Social and Behavioral Science area of the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded this year's Hauge Fellowship in the amount of $1,000. CEHD awarded a total of 15 student scholarships this year from over 175 applications. Congratulations, Chelsey!

May 5, 2010

Prof. Stoffregen welcomes visiting scholar from Korea

Hyun Chae Chung, Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Kunsan National University in Korea, will be a Visiting Scholar in Kinesiology professor <a href=Tom Stoffregen's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory for one year, beginning this summer. Professor Chung will be working with Professor Stoffregen and Professor Michael Wade on issues relating to the dynamics of perceptual-motor coordination and control.

April 30, 2010

Juergen Konczak honored by American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Juergen KonczakProfessor Juergen Konczak, School of Kinesiology, has been elected as an Active Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE). He will be inducted at the Annual Academy Meeting, October 7-9, 2010, in Williamsburg, VA.

With Konczak's election, the School of Kinesiology has six Active Fellows in AAKPE: Professors Mary Jo Kane, Arthur Leon, M.D., Tom Stoffregen, Michael Wade, and Maureen Weiss.

Graduate Garrett Brown is free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs

garrett brown.jpgGarrett Brown, sport management B.S. student who graduated last fall, was signed recently as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs to play in the NFL. Garrett was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and captain for the Golden Gophers with 99 tackles during his four-years on the team.

Konczak presents at CCE's LearningLife Fest, publishes in Cerebellum

Juergen KonczakProf. Juergen Konczak, Kinesiology, gave a lecture on "The Brain and Physical Activity" to an audience of over 200 people on Saturday, April 17, on the St. Paul campus as part of the LearningLife Fest organized by the College of Continuing Education.

In other activity, and in Prof. Konczak's ongoing international academic collaborations, he and a group of neurologists and neurosurgeons from Germany published the following paper:

Schoch B, Hogan A, Gizewski ER, Timmann D, & Konczak J. Balance control in sitting and standing in children and young adults with benign cerebellar tumors. Cerebellum. 2010 Mar 30. [Epub ahead of print]

April 28, 2010

Weiss publishes on female athletes' commitment to sport participation

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with co-authors Windee Weiss and Anthony Amorose, recently published an article in the Journal of Sports Sciences titled, "Sport commitment among competitive female athletes: Test of an expanded model." In this study, female athletes who reported greater enjoyment, involvement opportunities, and personal investments, and fewer perceived costs and attractive alternative activities, showed greater desire and resolve to continue their sport participation and greater effort and persistence in their training sessions.

April 26, 2010

Are there differences in coaching boy and girl athletes?

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology discusses research on coaching boys versus coaching girls in a recent Post Crescent News article.

April 23, 2010

Kinesiology's Rayla Allison talks about recent athlete behavior on Fox 9 News

<a href=Rayla Allison, J.D., sport management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sport Business Institute, was interviewed in a Fox 9 news video "Digging Deeper: NFL Player Personal Conduct Policy" on the issue of player conduct off the field.

April 20, 2010

Kinesiology's Austin Calhoun wins 2010-11 Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award

Austin Stair CalhounSchool of Kinesiology second-year sport sociology doctoral student and Tucker Center research assistant Austin Stair Calhoun has been selected to receive a Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award for 2010 in the amount of $2,000. She was selected from a large pool of highly qualified and very impressive female graduate students to receive this prestigious award. The WPLC will be holding its annual awards celebration to honor Austin and other of the Circle's award recipients on June 15 in St Paul.

April 19, 2010

Alum succeeds where innovation meets education

Thomas Jandris Thomas Jandris (Ph.D. '78) built a successful career at the intersection of entrepreneurship and education. His accomplishments include 16 for-profit ventures and successively more responsible roles in K-12 and higher education. Now he's dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs at Concordia University Chicago.

Jandris acknowledges the influence of CEHD faculty including Bob Keller and Eloise Jaeger in the trajectory of his life and career. Find out more in "Educator meets entrepreneur," in the latest issue of Connect.

April 16, 2010

Patrick Reese awarded 2010-11 Edith Mueller Parks & Recreation Memorial Award

Patrick Reese, undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology's Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies program, has been awarded the 2010-11 Edith Mueller Parks & Recreation Award in the amount of $1500. The award seeks to reward participation and enthusiasm of undergraduate students pursuing a program in recreation, park, and leisure studies, and to encourage students to further their involvement and deepen their commitment to this discipline. The fund was established in the Tucker Center by Van and Mildred Mueller in loving memory of their daughter Edith. Mr. Reese will be presented with the award certificate prior to the Tucker Center's Spring Distinguished Lecture on the evening of April 21.

Dengel quoted in Star Tribune article on aging and exercise

Donald DengelDon Dengel, professor of exercise science in the School of Kinesiology and director, Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, is quoted in an April 15 Minneapolis Star Tribune article, "Grace and Maturity: Athletes in their 50s and 60s are still working up a sweat on the ice," by Megan Hanson.

Tilsner awarded 2010 Larry Wilson Alumni Award

Donna TilsnerDonna Tilsner, an instructor for REC 3541W Recreation Programming in the School of Kinesiology, has been named the recipient of the College of Education and Human Development's 2010 Larry Wilson Alumni Award. The Larry Wilson Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in educational achievement outside the traditional school environment.

April 15, 2010

Leon, Bronas collaborate on study on heart disease in women

Art LeonDr. Arthur Leon in the School of Kinesiology and Dr. Ulf Bronas, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing are collaborators on the LiteHEARTEN study.

The current issue of Minnesota Nursing features a story, Building Healthy Hearts which tells about the 12-week study examining the relationship of stress and exercise on women with heart disease. Conducted through Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Women's Health Program, the LiteHEARTEN study compares the effects of stress management vs. exercise training on cardiovascular functions and quality of life in women with known heart disease. Researchers hope this project will be a pilot for a larger study.

Barr-Anderson to be inducted into Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, will be inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (Mu Chapter) at the University of South Carolina on May 5. Dr. Barr-Anderson is being recognized as an alumna who is actively engaged in public health work.

Delta Omega was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, and currently has 65 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Membership in the organization reflects the dedication of an individual to quality in the field of public health and to protection and advancement of the health of all people.

Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Kristen Pickett offered postdoc at Washington U

Kristen PickettKristen Pickett, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology, has accepted a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis beginning next fall. Pickett will be working with Dr. Gammon Earhart and Dr. Joel Perlmutter at Washington University through a joint appointment in Movement Science, the Department of Physical Therapy, and the Department of Neuroscience in the Medical School.

As part of her fellowship, she will be working on an MRI/Parkinson's disease study that will look at patients' gait function and brain function in the pathology group. Pickett will be traveling to a conference in Glasgow, Scotland next fall with her WU research team to present her work. She is an advisee of Dr. Juergen Konczak.

April 14, 2010

Kipp awarded Eloise Jaeger Scholarship

Lindsay KippLindsay Kipp, School of Kinesiology PhD student in Physical Activity Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded the 2010-11 Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship for Students in the Tucker Center award in the amount of $2,000. The Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship was established to ensure that the best female and male students in the nation are able to participate in significant education and research initiatives designed to improve the lives of girls and women.

This scholarship provides an opportunity for promising young students to meet their educational and career goals, especially those who might not otherwise have the financial means to further their aspirations. Kipp will use the funds to support her project titled, "Predictors of Well-being in Female Adolescent Athletes," researching determinants of female adolescent athletes' physical and psychological well-being. The research intersects the areas of gender, adolescent psychology, and prevention science and explores a series of relationships among mechanisms of coaching influence, psychological need, satisfaction, and indices of physical and psychological well-being. Findings from the study will be used to design an intervention study to promote positive coaching behaviors in an effort to improve perceptions of competence, autonomy, and relatedness, and ultimately indices of subjective well-being.

April 9, 2010

Center For Clinical Movement Science will host CCMS Research Day 2010 on April 16

The Center for Clinical Movement Science invites faculty and students to its second annual 2010 Research Day on Friday, April 16. CCMS Research Day is an opportunity for faculty, medical and allied health professionals, and graduate students to interact in an interdisciplinary forum and to learn more about each others' work.

April 16
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
400 Walter Library
Free lunch buffet for Research Day participants

Keynote Address at 2 p.m.: "The Representation of Space and Time Through Sensory-Motor Learning"
Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi is an international expert on motor learning and control.

For more information, contact John Anderson, 612-626-0685, anders00@umn.edu.

April 2, 2010

In memorium: Renowned U of M alumnus Dr. Elsworth Buskirk

Dr. Elsworth Buskirk, pioneering exercise physiologist and U of M graduate, died Sunday, March 31, at the age of 85. After receiving his M.A. in Physical Education and Physiological Hygiene from the U of M in 1951, Dr. Buskirk entered the U's Physiological Hygiene Ph.D. program. As a graduate student, he was appointed laboratory and teaching assistant in the renowned Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene under the leadership of Dr. Ancel Keys. Dr. Buskirk was the first Ph.D. student of Dr. Henry L. Taylor, internationally prominent exercise physiologist.Throughout his career, Dr. Buskirk did research in many different areas of applied physiology and human nutrition, including a brief period in which he studied the physiological effects of high altitude on athletes. Dr. Buskirk was a close friend and associate of Dr. Arthur Leon, School of Kinesiology's Henry R. Taylor Professor of Exercise Science and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science.

April 1, 2010

Kinesiology M.A. student speaks out on supplements

Patrick Wilson, Kinesiology M.A., was featured in an article on supplements in the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Wilson, who is a registered dietitian, commented on the prevalent use of supplements, often in very high doses, that many weight lifters take to increase performance. "When you talk about these high doses, it is alarming," said Wilson. "I think it's ludicrous to think you can take as much as you want and not have any harmful effects."

The complete article is available at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/03/30/raising-bar. Wilson is the advisee of Dr. Stacy Ingraham.

LaVoi comments on new women-focused ESPN initiative

Nicole LaVoiAs Laura Gentile and fellow ESPN executives batted around ideas for pockets of expansion inside the sprawling company, there appeared to be an opportunity to target female athletes more extensively. High school sports would be an important part... "Nobody's done this right yet, and they have a real opportunity," said Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology. Female sports receiving focus on the revamped ESPNRise.com include basketball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Read more at Media Post News ...

March 26, 2010

Rayla Allison sums up Mauer's salary on WCCO's "Good Question"

<a href=Rayla Allison, J.D., sport management lecturer in Kinesiology and director of the Sport Business Institute, was interviewed last night on WCCO-TV's 10 p.m. news about Joe Mauer's salary. With his agent's cut and annual taxes and fees, the Twins catcher won't take home quite as much as his multimillion contract might suggest--only $14 million a year. Read the whole story here: http://wcco.com/goodquestion/can.states.sue.2.1590405.html

March 25, 2010

John Anderson to coach first-ever game at Target Field

anderson.jpgAlumnus John Anderson (B.S., '77) will lead the University of Minnesota baseball team in the first-ever baseball game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 27, against Louisiana Tech. Anderson, who has more wins than any other baseball coach in Big Ten history, is featured in a UMNews story and in the fall 2009 issue of Connect for his expertise in working with student-athletes.

Wade delivers keynote at AAHPERD

Michael WadeMichael Wade, Ph.D., professor of movement science in the School of Kinesiology, delivered a keynote address to the Motor Learning and Development Academy of the Research Consortium at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) annual convention in Indianapolis on March 17. The title of the address was "Lifespan Motor Development: Movement by Design and Movement that Informs."

Sports business expert talks to media about Target Field opening, Mauer signing

<aEric Brownlee, sport management lecturer in kinesiology, was courted extensively by local media recently after catcher Joe Mauer signed an eight-year contract with the Twins. Brownlee talked about the economics of Mauer's signing and the new Twins stadium in interviews with KSTP-TV, KARE-11, and the Minnesota News Network.

See Brownlee's KSPT interview at http://bit.ly/93COnX. The U of M News Service also interviewed him recently about Target Field: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMlt2zN9e8M

Kinesiology alum receives prestigious award at AAHPERD

School of Kinesiology sport psychology alumnus Dr. Jin Wang (Ph.D. 1992) received the R. Tait McKenzie Award from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) last week during the annual convention. This award is bestowed by AAHPERD in recognition of distinguished service by members who reflect prestige, honor and dignity in their work. Dr. Wang is a professor and coordinator of coaching education at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where he specializes in sport psychology and motor learning.

Dr. Wang was advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Prof. Michael Wade.

March 20, 2010

New York Times article on violence in women's sport quotes Kane

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., chair of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in a March 21, 2010, New York Times article, "In Women's Sports, Pushing Back at Stereotypes," by Jeré Longman. The article is an analysis of recent aggressive behavior by female athletes in a college sports culture that may be fostering an increase in violence and dirty tactics.

March 18, 2010

International exchange program hosts Ugandan soccer coaches

Flag_of_UgandaLike music and art, sports is a universal language. A unique opportunity for sports to bring people together across continents will take place in the Twin Cities from March 22-March 30, when four Ugandan soccer (football) coaches will travel to Minneapolis to work with partners from the University of Minnesota and Macalester College to learn advanced coach training and collaborate on a new coaching curriculum to take back to children and youth soccer players in Uganda.

The week-long coaching program is part of an exchange program through the International Sport Connection (ISC), a partnership of University of Minnesota educators in Kinesiology and the Institute of Child Development, a former Gopher soccer player, the Macalester College Men's Soccer head coach, and the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA). Funded by an International Sports Programming Initiative grant from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the ISC will help Ugandan coaches prepare their young players for future responsibilities along with teaching soccer skills and promoting community development. The visiting Ugandan coaches will engage in a core training of coaching techniques and observation sessions held around the Twin Cities, led by Dr. Jens Omli, Institute of Child Development; Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Dr. Stacy Ingraham, School of Kinesiology; Lisa Berg, former Gopher Soccer player; and Ian Barker, Men's Soccer head coach at Macalester College.

The coach-training program is modeled after a style of coaching that Dr. Omli, then a Kinesiology Ph.D. student, studied three years ago when he visited Uganda on an Eloise Jaeger Scholarship. He spent time with Ugandan soccer coach Stone Kyambadde and his Wolves Football Program in Kampala, Uganda, observing how Coach Stone mentored his players and taught them both life and soccer skills. Coach Stone has successfully used his methods with children from difficult backgrounds for the past 25 years. He sums up his philosophy this way: "Some of these boys will grow up and earn a living playing football, some will be painters, but all of them will be husbands. What kind of husbands will they be? That is what I am concerned with."

In May, the Minnesota educators will travel to Kampala, Uganda to collaborate with FUFA in educating 160 coaches in teaching, training, managing, and mentoring. These coaches will in turn pass along their new skills to at least seven coaches in their districts. The objective of the ISC program over the next two years is to train over 2,500 Ugandan soccer coaches, who will ultimately mentor over 50,000 young people in life skills while teaching them how to play and compete in soccer.

"We are using soccer to bring nations and communities together," Dr. Omli explained. "Why soccer? Because in East Africa, a soccer ball is a powerful magnate, which attracts children to a place where they can receive consistent contact with caring adult mentors. Why train coaches? Because as the leader of a soccer team, coaches have an opportunity to teach skills and strategies that will prepare children for future responsibilities that they will face, on and off of the field. And this is as true here in the Twin Cities as it is in Uganda."

March 15, 2010

Ingraham quoted in publications, presents at State High School Football Coaches Association

Stacy IngrahamStacy Ingraham, Ph.D., Kinesiology lecturer and exercise physiologist, has been quoted in two publications this month. She wrote an article for the Centennial Soccer Association's newsletter on running and soccer and was interviewed for the online publication Healthy Women on the positive effects of bike riding .

On March 26, Ingraham will be presenting to the Minnesota State High School Football Coaches Association on "Nutrition & Hydration Considerations for Football Players" and "The SEC Football Model: The Research Based Speed Model."

Kinesiology alum Linda Wells receives U of M Outstanding Achievement Award

Linda Wells, Kinesiology master's graduate, has recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award by the U of M Board of Regents. This prestigious award is the highest non-academic honor that can be conferred on University graduates for their exceptional accomplishments in their chosen fields with respect to public service, or outstanding leadership and achievement on a community, state, national or international level.


Wells' groundbreaking achievements in women's intercollegiate sports began in 1974 at age 21, when she became the U of M's first full-time head coach in three women's sports: basketball, softball, and volleyball. During her tenure at the U of M she obtained her master's degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) and coached Gopher women student-athletes until 1989, when she took over the softball program at Arizona State University. Wells played professional softball from 1975 to 1979, earning a Hall of Fame induction with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She retired in 2005, having achieved international acclaim and respect for her unfailing commitment to creating and supporting opportunities for all women in sport.

Mary Jo Kane, Director of the School of Kinesiology, co-wrote a letter of support for Ms. Wells' nomination with Joel Maturi, Director of U of M Athletics. Rayla Allison, Kinesiology lecturer and long-time colleague and friend of Linda Wells, was also instrumental in securing support for her award. Professor Kane commented, "In addition to being a legendary coach, Linda Wells has been a pioneering role model and inspiring mentor to countless women and girls. She has transformed individual lives and opened avenues in society that would not have been possible except for her courage and effort. We are all in her debt."

For more information about Linda Wells and the University's prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award, read Alumni Larkin, Wells earn regents' most prestigious award.

March 12, 2010

Kinesiology student Ruggeiro elected to International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission

Kinesiology M.Ed. student and Women's Sports Foundation Board of Trustee member Angela Ruggiero was recently elected to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission. Ruggeiro, who was elected by her peers, will serve an eight-year term representing Olympic athletes to the IOC. Commission members also take part in evaluating cities competing to host the Olympic Games, reviewing sports programs for the Games, and anti-doping efforts.

Ruggiero, a star player on the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team, recently participated in her fourth Winter Olympic Games.

Konczak presents on iCub, Parkinson's disease

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., biomechanics professor in Kinesiology, gave a talk on "iCub, computational modeling and the motor development of humans" on January 18 at the European Workshop on iCub Robotics. The iCub is a small humanoid robot being designed by the RobotCub Consortium, a group of several European universities that are using the robot to study cognition through the implementation of biological motivated algorithms.

Konczak also presented February 16 at a workshop held at McNamara Center on "Parkinson's Disease in Minnesota and Beyond: From Awareness to Action," sponsored by the Parkinson's Association of Minnesota. The workshop drew a large number of patients and clinicians from around the area. Konczak's presentation was titled, "Problems of body awareness in Parkinson's disease and what can be done about it."

March 5, 2010

Study on physical activity in the classroom draws NY Times attention

Beth LewisBeth Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, continues to attract attention for her study on the relationship between students' physical activity in the classroom and their academic performance. Elementary students in a Minnesota classroom who stand at their specially designed desks instead of sitting in traditional ones are being monitored for their physical activity and academic performance. Dr. Lewis's study, and the standing desks designed by elementary school teacher Abby Brown, wife of Tony Brown, associate director of Recreational Sports, were discussed recently in the New York Times and the GreatSchools newsletter.

Kinesiology student bowls to success

Azizah Jor'dan, Kinesiology Ph.D student in the Movement Science emphasis, has been splitting her teaching assistantship responsibilities between supporting faculty and teaching bowling in the Physical Education program. Now students will be getting their bowling lessons from a coach certified by the US Bowling Congress. Ms. Jor'dan was awarded Level 1 Certification on February 24. Congratulations!

Kinesiology Ph.D. student, undergrad offer tips on hockey success

Jim Winges, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, and Sarah Erickson, U of M Communication Studies undergrad, co-authored an article on guidelines for parents and coaches to help their young hockey players achieve their best. The article appeared in Minnesota Hockey HEP Newsletter.

March 1, 2010

LaVoi to present at University of Nevada Soccer Coaching Symposium

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will give two presentations at the inaugural University of Nevada Soccer Coaching Symposium on March 6: "Fact vs. Fiction: Differences in Coaching Males & Females," and "Evidence-based Tips for Parents and Coaches in Creating the Optimal Youth Soccer Experience."

February 24, 2010

On the fringe: pulling in marginalized athletes

Jo Ann BuysseMarginalization in athletics has been central to the work and study of Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology. She studies media portrayals of minority athletes and advocates for athletes with disabilities or other restrictions that hinder them from participating in sport.

For more than 12 years, she and her kinesiology students have been involved with Courage Center, a nationally known, Minneapolis-based rehabilitation and resource center for people with spinal cord injuries. Many Paralympic athletes from Courage Center have achieved national recognition in their sports. Its wheelchair basketball team, led by coach Mike Bauler, has won four junior wheelchair basketball championships. Students from the University sports management program have interned at the center as well as volunteered at practices and tournaments.

Currently, local student-athletes with disabilities are recruited to other colleges with special programming and intercollegiate teams. Buysse hopes the University will establish a wheelchair basketball program to keep some of the local talented athletes who currently move away to be collegiate athletes. As a step toward the goal of providing more physical activity options for people with disabilities on campus, Buysse is pushing for the addition of a basketball wheelchair activity course. Already, the Department of Recreational Sports has procured ten basketball wheelchairs that are available for use.

Another marginalized athletic population that Buysse has worked with is Muslim women in the Twin Cities. The Bryan Coyle Center has been the location of a weekly basketball program for women only. Buysse has coached in this program and is also working to find a place on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus where Muslim women can exercise more frequently and more comfortably.

February 19, 2010

On a roll: programming for soccer coaches in Uganda

JensOmli.jpgJens Omli, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development, is building on the understanding of sports psychology he gained during his doctoral program in kinesiology and his understanding of child development gained as a postdoctoral student at the Institute of Child Development, to coordinate the training of more than 2,000 soccer coaches in Uganda.

The International Sport Connection Soccer Coach Education program that Omli and Kinesiology associate professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, developed, has received a two-year $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in support of international diplomacy and outreach.

Omli, who is mentored by professors Dante Cicchetti and Nicki Crick, will be working with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations to promote a style of coaching already successfully used by Ugandan soccer coach Stone Kyambadde with his Wolves Football Program that serves young players who have grown up on the streets in Kampala, Uganda.

When Omli first traveled on a project to Uganda three years ago on a Eloise Jaegger Scholarship, he spent time with the Wolves and observed first-hand the way Kymbadde mentored players and taught them both life and soccer skills. The training Omli developed is modeled after what Kymbadde has done with his teams of players over the past 25 years. Omli will travel to Uganda this summer along with Wiese-Bjornstal and Stacy Ingraham, coordinator of the coaching program in the School of Kinesiology, to launch the coach-training program.

Omli says in Uganda organizations often fail, but good ideas spread like wildfire. He is confident the ideas promoted in the training will take hold in Uganda and hopes that the network of coaches can be expanded to neighboring African countries and urban areas within the United States.

February 18, 2010

LaVoi to discuss benefits of sport for girls on WTIP radio

Nicole LaVoiOn Friday, February 19, at 5:45pm, Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be a guest on The Roadhouse Radio Show on WTIP, a community radio station broadcasting on the North Shore of Lake Superior. LaVoi will discuss the benefits of sport participation for girls.

February 17, 2010

Star athlete and student Angela Ruggiero in her 4th Winter Olympics

Angela Ruggiero, known to the world as a star player on the Olympics women's ice hockey team (and a contestant fired on "The Apprentice" who was later offered a job by Donald Trump), has a U of M connection. She is pursuing her M.Ed. degree in Sport Management from CEHD/School of Kinesiology. Her adviser is Brandi Hoffman, coordinator in the School of Kinesiology.

Ruggiero was featured last week in an online article for Team USA Ice Hockey.

PE Marathon class featured in MN Daily

Stacy IngrahamThe Minnesota Daily published a feature on a popular PE course last week offered through the School of Kinesiology.

PE 1262 Marathon Training, offered each Spring Semester, prepares students for running a marathon by the end of the semester. What's unusual about this course is that students are logging data as they are training which may contribute to the research on the physical effects of long-distance running.

The class is taught by adjunct instructor Chris Lundstrom. Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., Kinesiology lecturer and exercise physiologist, heads up the research component of the class.

Leon named a top cardiologist in Minneapolis by the International Association of Cardiologists

LeonA-2005[2].jpgDr. Arthur Leon, exercise physiology professor in kinesiology, this month was named a "Top Cardiologist in Minneapolis, MN" by the International Association of Cardiologists (IAC). The IAC highlights and profiles the world's top cardiologists who have demonstrated success and leadership in their profession. Dr. Leon will be spotlighted in The Leading Physicians of the World. This publication is considered a prime resource for potential patients who are looking for a top cardiologist in their area.

Congratulations, Dr. Leon!

February 16, 2010

LaVoi quoted in New York Times on benefit of sports to girls

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in the New York Times in an article on the benefit of sports to girls entitled "As Girls Become Women, Sports Pay Dividends," by Tara Parker-Pope.

Kinesiology's LaVoi interviewed on FoxTV on basketball fight

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed by FoxTV on a fight that broke out among parents at a recent Burnsville, MN, 6th grade basketball tournament. LaVoi talks about sporting situations that can result in parents fighting.

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/fight-breaks-out-at-basketball-tournament

February 15, 2010

Ross quoted in MPR story on Olympic athletes' funding challenges

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management in Kinesiology, was quoted in a recent Minnesota Public Radio story about Olympic athletes and the trials and tribulations of funding their dream. Local Olympic contenders who are less visible than the Ohnos and Vonns can't give up their day jobs to train for the opportunity of a lifetime--but they make it happen through determination and creative financing.

Barr-Anderson featured on National Physical Activity Plan Web site

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, is featured as a "Voice of the NPAP" on the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Web site. The NPAP is a growing collection of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing a plan that will empower all Americans to be physically active every day, with the ultimate goal of increasing physical activity nationwide.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina are providing the organizational infrastructure for the NPAP.

February 10, 2010

Ross comments on Brett Favre for Associated Press

The Associated Press last week interviewed Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, in an article about the far-reaching effects of Brett Favre and the Vikings, from financial implications to the team's bid for a new stadium, much of which will hinge on whether the quarterback really retires or decides to play for the team again next year.

The article was carried in online publications nationwide, from Forbes to city newspapers to Salon.com .

Buysse to visit Dominican Republic, develop new course on globalization of sport

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist and Tucker Center affiliate, recently received a travel grant to go to the Dominican Republic in March. She will be meeting with sport professionals and arranging site visits for a new learning abroad course on sport, globalization, and human capital. The Minnesota Twins Baseball Academy in Boca Chica and the Dominican Sports and Education Association in Santo Domingo are two of the locations Buysse will visit as part of her grant.

KARE-11 interviews kinesiology faculty on Olympian Lindsey Vonn appearing in SI swimsuit issue

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in sport psychology, and Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in sport management, both in the School of Kinesiology, appear in a KARE-11 video interview as part of a short piece entitled "Lindsey Vonn poses for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue." LaVoi's recent blog post has drawn fire in highlighting the media's propensity to portray female athletes as sex objects.

February 8, 2010

LaVoi blog entry on SI cover image of skier Vonn catching air

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, wrote a blog entry on February 2 entitled "Vonn Watch: Sports Illustrated Cover is Predictable" in order to stimulate dialogue on Sports Illustrated's choice of cover image for Lindsey Vonn, US Olympic skier. And LaVoi has succeeded in generating dialogue, monologue and just plain flame, garnering large numbers of hits--40,000 on the site and thousands more on sites citing and critiquing the post--as well as mention in USA Today, Yahoo Sports, Technorati, CoCo Perez and other outlets in the news media and blogosphere.

Phil Esten, Kinesiology grad, named new CEO for the U of M Alumni Association

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association announced today that Phil Esten, Ph.D., has been named Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Esten, who currently serves as Associate Athletics Director at the University, succeeds Margaret Sughrue Carlson, who announced plans to retire from the Alumni Association last May after 25 years of service.

Dr. Esten, who has a doctoral degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management (advised by Mary Jo Kane, Director of the School) and teaches graduate level courses as an adjunct professor of the University's School of Kinesiology, was chosen through a national search process that began last August. "Our 60,000 members will benefit from Phil's extensive knowledge of the University, his proven ability to turn alumni into ambassadors for important University causes, and his passion for the role that school spirit plays in connecting today's and tomorrow's graduates to their alma mater," said Bruce Mooty, immediate past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and co-chair of the search committee.

As an Associate AD, Dr. Esten manages the overall strategic plan for intercollegiate athletics, which includes 25 sports and 225 employees. He was the department's point person for the TCF Bank Stadium, serving as the intercollegiate athletics liaison for all design, construction, operations and management of the $288.5 million project. Dr. Esten also was instrumental in stadium fundraising, an effort that included more than $45 million in funds for academic programming for the University.

"Now more than ever, major universities around the country are realizing the immense importance of building strong relationships with their alumni," said U of M President Bob Bruininks. "Phil is a proven leader who brings out the best in people in pursuit of a common goal. I'm looking forward to working with him in support of this great institution."

Dr. Esten will be the seventh CEO in the Alumni Association's 106-year history. His first official day with the organization is March 15.

January 28, 2010

LaVoi to give parents clinic

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be giving a parents clinic on Thursday, February 4, in conjunction with the National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGWSD) kids clinic event at the U of M, titled "Youth Sports: Making the Most of Your Kids Opportunity to Learn and Enjoy." The clinic will be held from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., just prior to the U of M women's basketball game against the Badgers.

Tucker Center's LaVoi presents at St Cloud lecture series

Nicole LaVoiOn February 3, Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Co-Director of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium, will present "Stay Strong, Play On" as part of the St. Cloud State Women's Center's Women on Wednesdays (WOW) lecture series. The presentation explores issues regarding women's and girls' participation in sports and how that participation has impacted them and society as a whole.

January 26, 2010

Norris co-authors book chapter

Alyssa Norris, Program Associate in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and a first-year M.A. student in the School of Kinesiology, co-authored a chapter in the recently published Handbook of Prejudice, titled, "Sexism and heterosexism." The book provides a comprehensive review of current conceptions of prejudice within a variety of academic disciplines and institutions.

Wiese-Bjornstal's Tucker Center Research Report article reprinted

Chapter 2 of the 2007 Tucker Center Research Report, Developing Physically Active Girls: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach, written by Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, has been reprinted in an edited anthology of writings on girls and women in sport:

Wiese-Bjornstal, D.M. (2009). Psychological dimensions of girls' physical activity participation. In S. Guthrie, M. Magyar, A. Wrynn, & A.F. Maliszewski (Eds.), Women, sport and physical activity: Challenges and triumphs. (2nd ed., pp. 199-216). Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.

January 22, 2010

Weiss gives keynote at Girls on the Run summit

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, gave a keynote presentation at the Girls on the Run Summit in Austin, Texas on January 19, 2010. The title of her presentation was, "Promoting life skills and healthy outcomes in girls: Benefits of a physically active lifestyle." Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls 8-13 years old, in which running and other physical activities are the medium for "educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living." More information on this unique program can be found at http://www.girlsontherun.org/.

January 20, 2010

Bod Pod featured in local media

The high-tech Bod Pod from the School of Kinesiology's Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science was featured recently in several local media outlets.The Bod Pod is an egg-shaped device that measures an individual's body composition as they sit in the machine. It provides more accurate and complete measurements than the traditional methods of calipers or water immersion. Links to local media coverage include

"The incredible Egg" - Star Tribune

"Bod Pod Changing Fitness at U of M" - Fox 9

"New machine offers a faster, more accurate way to measure a body, track a fitness routine" - KARE 11

For more information or to schedule use of the Bod Pod email bodpod@umn.edu

January 14, 2010

Stoffregen PI on Medtronic contract investigating physician's movement

Tom StoffregenThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, will serve as PI in collaboration with Dr. Paul Cassidy, Medtronic Human Factors Scientist (and a graduate of the School of Kinesiology) on a Medtronic-funded research contract for $32,167 entitled "Coronary Valve Experiments." The 5-month contract includes a graduate research assistant position for Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Ken Yoshida and supports research on the role of a physician's movements in implanting coronary valves by running them to the heart through arteries.

Kane speaks on athletic spending at NCAA annual convention

Mary Jo KaneIn a colloquium on curbing athletic spending at the NCAA 2010 Annual Convention, Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, delivered a response entitled "We Have Passed this Way Before: A Response to 'Dollar Dilemmas During The Downturn--A Financial Crossroads For College Sports'" to Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist's keynote.

Read more:
Curbing Athletic Spending, by David Moltz, InsideHigherEd.com
NCAA convention: One plan to fix college football, by Jill Riepenhoff, Columbus Dispatch

In WCCO interview, Tucker Center's LaVoi comments on skier Lindsey Vonn

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology,
commented in a WCCO video interview on concerns regarding Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn's weight. Some Australian coaches had commented that Vonn's higher weight advantages her. LaVoi points out that "when it comes to female athletes, many people talk more about how they look than what they actually do."

January 12, 2010

Leon to present at international Kinesiology conference in Athens

LeonA-2005[2].jpgDr. Arthur Leon, professor in Kinesiology, has been invited to present at the 6th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences in Athens, Greece, June 28-July 1, 2010. His presentation will be on "Variability in the response of V)2 Max to Exercise Training: the Role of Genetic Contributions from our HERITAGE Family Study."

January 4, 2010

Kane quoted in New York Times

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was recently quoted in the New York Times in an analysis by Harvey Araton entitled "2020 Vision." Kane is cited saying that "technology provides a means to circumvent the 'built-in bias against women's sports in the ubiquitous sports media.'"

December 29, 2009

Tucker Center's LaVoi featured in MPR story on lack of female coaches

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is featured in a Minnesota Public Radio story on the lack of female coaches for boys' high school teams. An analysis of 2008 data by the Tucker Center found 63 women coach boys' sports teams in Minnesota—that's 2% of the 2,865 boys' teams. The majority of those women coached boys' swimming or tennis. The article is available here: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/28/women-coaches/

Barr-Anderson awarded $100,000 grant from General Mills Foundation

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, is the recipient of a 1-year, $99,994 General Mills Foundation Twin Cities Community Action grant funding her "A Family Affair" pilot study to develop and test intervention components of a home-based, physical activity and healthy eating program for African American girls aged 11-13 years and their mothers. The study's primary aim is to increase girls' daily physical activity, decrease sedentary behavior and increase healthy eating with a secondary aim of increasing physical activity and healthy eating among their mothers. As the PI on the grant, Barr-Anderson will be working with the North Community YMCA and its surrounding neighborhood, and partner across disciplines with the U of M's Division of Epidemiology & Community Health's (EpiCH) Mary Story, Melissa Nelson Laska and Sara Veblen-Mortenson.

December 28, 2009

Kinesiology's Popp quoted in Time Magazine

School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student Kristy Popp is quoted in an article in Time magazine, "Is Running Bad for Your Knees? Maybe Not". A quote from the article reads: "Perhaps because it seems intuitively true, the notion persists that running, especially when done long-term and over long distances, is bad for the joints ... In a study published in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers from the University of Minnesota found that among competitive female runners, those with larger calf muscles were less likely than runners with small calf muscles to suffer stress fractures in their shinbones."

December 22, 2009

Stoffregen publishes with students

Tom StoffregenThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has published an article with four of his students. Yawen Yu and Jane Redfield Yank are graduate students in Kinesiology. Sebastien Villard was a post-doc in APAL, and Yasunobu Katsumata, who is a doctoral student at Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan) spent a summer working in APAL as a visiting Research Assistant.

Yu, Y., Yank, J. R., Katsumata, Y., Villard, S., Kennedy, R. S., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Visual vigilance performance and standing posture at sea. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.

McNair Scholar Blankenship featured in "Minnesota" magazine

McNair scholar and Kinesiology major Kelli Blankenship is featured in "Intrepid," an article in the Winter, 2010, issue of Minnesota, the U of M's Alumni Association magazine.

LaVoi abstracts accepted to IWG World Conference

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, has had her abstracts, "Developing and Empowering Physically Active Girls: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach" and "The Occupational Sex Segregation of Female Youth Soccer Coaches," accepted into the 5th International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) World Conference on Women to be held in May, 2010, in Sydney, Australia.

December 16, 2009

Scibora receives Thesis Research Grant Award

Lesley Scibora, Ph.D. candidate in Exercise Science under Dr. Moira Petit in the School of Kinesiology, has received a Thesis Research Grant Award in the amount of $2,400 from the Graduate School. Thesis Research Grants are awarded to graduate students to support thesis research such as domestic travel and expenses for fieldwork, postage, and photocopying.

December 14, 2009

Kinesiology graduate students awarded Thesis Research Grants

Three Kinesiology doctoral students were awarded Thesis Research Grants by the Graduate School.

Nicole Bolter, behavioral science, and Lesley Scibora, exercise science, were awarded grants from the Graduate School fund. Susan Novotny, exercise science, was awarded a grant from the Patrick and Kathy Lewis fund. The Graduate School praised the three students for their "impressive academic credentials and strong research proposal."

The students' advisers are Prof. Maureen Weiss (Bolter) and Prof. Moira Petit (Scibora and Novotny). Congratulations to all!

Konczak publishes article related to collaborative work with Koronis Biomedical

Juergen KonczakDr. Juergen Konczak, biomechanics professor in Kinesiology, has published an article related to his ongoing collaborative project with a Minnesota biomedical company, Koronis Biomedical. The article is titled A wireless system for the objective assessment of dyskinesia.Authors are Riehle T, Lichter P, Konczak J, & Anderson S. It was published in Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009;1:3830-2.

December 10, 2009

Students present posters in Petit class

Petit38 students in Associate Professor Moira Petit's "Understanding Kinesiology Research" course (KIN 4981) presented their posters in the Cooke Hall lobby on Tuesday, December 8. Students, faculty, parents, and staff attended and presenting students took questions relative to their research.

Click presentation titles below for PDFs of student posters.

The Effects of Powerade Consumption on the Performance Outcome of a Second Bout of Maximal Aerobic Exercise,
Becca Carlton, Anna Fernandez, Katelyn Schmidt, Krista Skoglund, Elizabeth Van Zeyl


Relationship Between Years of Specialization in Division I Golfers and Average Round Score, Jeremy Denzer, Thomas Campbell, Dan DeWitt, Brad Walker


The Effect of Static Stretching vs. Dynamic Stretching on Vertical Jump Performance,
Charlie Erb Matt Englehardt Kevin Netzer Andy Bastian


Effects of Positve and Negatve Video Imagery on Free-Throw Performance, Glatt, P., Heuer, N., Kounlabout, S., Stevens M., Vang, K.


An Examination of Professional Sports Promotional Giveaways and Their Applicability to College Athletics, Mike Bjorkman, Scott Foley, Brandon Jackson


Correlation Between GPA and Physical Activity,
Sara McKay, Danielle Tuomi, Katherine Alm


The Effect of Static and Dynamic Stretching on Immediate and Delayed Vertical Jump Performance,
Amy Pearson, Brett Traxler, Andrew Malovrh, Nick Bartsh


Effect of Music on One-Mile Race Time in Recreational Runners,
Ashley Purdy, Kate Baillon, Dana Roadfeldt., Elise Heitkamp., Jesse Ehlen, Marie Moreno-Webster


Comparison Between Various Training Methods to Predict Sports Performance,
Mark F. Smith, Benjamin J. Peterson, Christopher A. Markwardt, Michael K. Weiler

December 7, 2009

Leitschuh co-authors 9th edition of adapted physical education textbook

Carol Leitschuh Dr. Carol Leitschuh, Kinesiology lecturer, is co-author of the 9th edition of Special Physical Education to be published in 2010. She co-authored the text with Dr. John M. Dunn, president of Western Michigan University.

This is one of only a handful of textbooks published in America but used world-wide to specifically address pedagogy in adapted physical education/activity. Included in the new text is a chapter on "Nutrition for Healthy Children," which debunks myths about nutrition and offers interventions for the classroom and in family and community systems.

December 3, 2009

Bush Foundation commits $4.5M for TERI

The Bush Foundation has committed up to $4.5 million to support the University of Minnesota as it restructures teacher preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Development. The Bush Foundation today announced a total of seven partnerships, which include 14 higher-education institutions, focused on transforming teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Through ongoing collaboration with K-12 schools, the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the children of Minnesota, new teachers and programs within the college. Improved partnerships with K-12 districts are designed to benefit the university, district and prospective teachers.

Teachers prepared through TERI will strongly focus on student learning and have the ability to adapt to the needs of all learners. The university will diversify its teaching candidate pool and provide pathways into its teacher preparation programs for both exceptionally qualified undergraduate students and for career changers.

The first group of prospective teachers will enter the redesigned program during summer 2011.

Read the press release

December 2, 2009

Kihl completes study on inner city youth participation in baseball/softball

Lisa KihlDr. Lisa Kihl, sport management assistant professor in Kinesiology's Sport Business Institute, has completed a two-year study on the effectiveness of the Rookie League and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program, designed to promote interest and involvement in baseball and softball among inner city youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Sponsored by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund and the Park and Recreation departments of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the program has been operating for 16 years. Dr. Kihl interviewed youth participants, coaches, administrators, and staff over two seasons to identify the program's strengths and weaknesses and tools for improvement. Results will be used to ensure the program will continue to benefit youth and employ strategies to improve its effectiveness.

Weiss publishes in Pediatric Exercise Science

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, published a research article in the November 2009 issue of Pediatric Exercise Science titled, "Coaching behaviors, motivational climate, and psychosocial outcomes among female adolescent athletes."

NYT Health blog features Petit study on stress fractures

PetitThe New York Times Health blog on December 1 featured a study on stress fractures conducted by Dr. Moira Petit, associate professor of exercise science in Kinesiology. Dr. Petit studied how building muscles surrounding bones vulnerable to stress fractures caused by running can help in prevention. The study was done on women runners and concentrated on stress fractures of the shinbone. It showed that building the calf muscles can improve the tibia's strength and thus guard against stress fractures. To read the full article, go to http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/phys-ed-how-to-prevent-stress-fractures/.

LaVoi pens fact sheet

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is lead author on a new fact sheet entitled, "Sports-based Youth Development: Benefits for Girls." A PDF of the fact sheet is available at the Up2Us: Bring Change through Youth Sports Web site.

Magnuson publishes in MN Recreation and Parks

Connie MagnusonDr. Connie Magnuson, lecturer in Kinesiology and coordinator of the B.S. in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies, wrote a feature article for the December issue of Minnesota Recreation and Parks. In "New Learning Opportunities at the University of Minnesota, she describes the new curriculum adopted this fall semester and the array of activities and partnerships that students experience as part of their program. "The new flexibility in the curriculum allows students to design their specific program to match their personal career goals," explains Dr. Magnuson. "Courses in landscape design, human resources, tourism, sustainability, forestry ...and many others are now possible options that were not available in the past." The new curriculum also includes online recreation course offerings to answer today's students' need for more flexible scheduling.

November 24, 2009

Brownlee comments on Joe Mauer as MVP on KARE-11

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, sport management teaching specialist, was on KARE 11 news November 23 discussing Twins catcher Joe Mauer's MVP award and the economics of keeping a player of his caliber in Minnesota. For the complete story, go to: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=829080&catid=14

November 23, 2009

Affliated Tucker Center Scholar to be Published in SMQ

heather-bw.pngAffiliated Tucker Center scholar Heather Maxwell is the lead author of a paper titled "Signage vs. No Signage: An Analysis of Sponsorship Recognition in Women's College Basketball", which will appear in Sport Marketing Quarterly (SMQ).

November 18, 2009

Konczak publishes in Journal of Motor Behavior

Juergen KonczakDr. Juergen Konczak, professor in biomechanics, has published an article in the November issue of Journal of Motor Behavior:

Konczak J, Corcos DM, Horak F, Poizner H, Shapiro M, Tuite P, Volkmann J, Maschke M. Proprioception and motor control in Parkinson's disease. J Mot Behav. 2009 Nov;41(6):543-52.

The article originated from an interdisciplinary University-sponsored workshop on Proprioception and Motor Control in Parkinson's Disease that Prof. Konczak organized in September 2008 and represents the collective expertise from several national and international experts in this area.

November 13, 2009

Senior kinesiology undergraduate and veteran profiled in UMNews

Tyler JohnsonTyler Johnson, senior kinesiology major, is profiled in a full-length UMNews feature this week. Johnson has managed to juggle family, a business, an internship, and military service while attending school.

Read the full article: Man of many hats.

November 11, 2009

Kane & LaVoi comment on violence in women's sport

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center, was quoted in The New York Times on November 11 in an article titled, For All the Wrong Reasons, Women's Soccer Is Noticed. The piece follows up on the suspension of college soccer player Elizabeth Lambert of the University of New Mexico after she engaged in shoving, punching, tripping and yanking an opponent down by the ponytail November 5 in a 1-0 loss to Brigham Young.

Kane remarked, "I think women being physically aggressive and violent is, in many ways, the last boundary to break ... I think you'll see snippets, but I don't think you'll see the same kind of behavior as men. In the broader social context, we don't allow women to engage in that kind of behavior. There would be a pushback."

Tucker Center Associate Director, Nicole LaVoi, was also quoted on the same subject in WCCO's Good Question: Why Are We Drawn To Women Fighting?.

LaVoi stated, "Women get national news sports coverage when they behave outside of the societal norms for a woman."

November 10, 2009

Leon to chair sessions at AHA Annual Scientific Sessions

LeonA-2005[2].jpgDr. Arthur Leon, exercise science professor, has been invited to chair two sessions at the 2009 American Heart Association's Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL, November 14 to 18. The sessions are entitled "Exercise as an Intervention to Improve Health and Functioning in Patients with CVD," and "Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Training." Dr. Leon also will give a presentation to summarize the sessions.

November 9, 2009

Weiss, Kipp present at Sport Canada Research Initiative, Ottawa

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, presented research with doctoral student Lindsay Kipp and collaborator David Goodman (Simon Fraser University) at the Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference in Ottawa on November 4. The title of the presentation was, Unsportsmanlike aggression in youth hockey: Attitudes, perceived social approval, situational temptation, and role models. The annual conference brings together academics and policymakers to translate research in an effort to enhance the quality of physical activity participation of Canadian youth and adults. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded the research.

November 5, 2009

Ingraham interviewed on "second wind"

Stacy IngrahamDr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in Kinesiology, was interviewed on WCCO-TV on November 4 on the nature of runners' second wind. For runners, it may be the most important part of a long-distance race. For everyday exercisers, it's the boost that comes right after overexertion. To view the full story, go to: http://wcco.com/sports/second.wind.exercise.2.1292513.html

November 4, 2009

Tucker Center Scholars to Present at NASSS

Nicole LaVoiTucker Center Associate Director, Nicole LaVoi, and affiliated Tucker Center scholar Heather Maxwell are both presenting at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference in Ottawa, Canada on November 4-7, 2009.

LaVoi's presentation is titled, Coaching Youth Soccer as a Token Female. Maxwell will present research that she and Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center, conducted on media portrayals of female athletes, titled Critical Analysis of Consumer Responses to Representations of Women's Sports.

November 2, 2009

Konczak will present Nov. 4 for Graduate Program in Neuroscience Colloquium Series

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, will give a talk Wednesday, November 4, on "Lesion-symptom mapping of the human cerebellum." His presentation, part of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Colloquium Series, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 2-101, Hasselmo Hall.

October 26, 2009

Kane quoted in NCAA Champion

Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in "From Wearing Jumpers to Shooting Them," in the Fall 2009 issue of the NCAA Champion magazine. The piece, which also mentions The Tucker Center, notes Kane's research with former Kinesiology graduate student Heather Maxwell on consumer response to representations of women's sports, as well as Kane and Kinesiology Education Specialist Jo Buysse's research on female athlete representations on media guide covers.

Weiss and Wiese-Bjornstal Publish on "Positive Youth Development through Physical Activity"

Maureen R. WeissDiane M. Wiese-BjornstalMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., and Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professors in Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, published a paper titled, Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Physical Activity, in the September 2009 issue of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest available online.

October 21, 2009

LaVoi to give WeCoach workshop

Nicole LaVoiTucker Center Associate Director, Nicole LaVoi, will give a workshop to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association on Friday, October 23, 6-8:00pm, as part of the We Coach: Educating & Empowering Through Sport initiative.

October 19, 2009

CEHD Connect Features School of Kinesiology

Fall semester's CEHD magazine Connect spotlights a host of Kinesiology faculty and students. Read about Kinesiology student Heather Dorniden, U of M track team star, and how she copes with dueling pressures of competing on the field and achieving success in the classroom: More Than Game.

The important relationship of physical activity to lifelong health and well-being is explored in the article Teaming Up. Tucker Center faculty and associated faculty Daheia Barr-Anderson, Lisa Kihl, Nicole LaVoi, and Jo Ann Buysse, and graduate student Chelsey Thul, are doing research and working on a variety of projects to bring the message of the vital importance of exercise and physical activity to local and international communities.

And in the article The Sporting Life, , Prof. Maureen Weiss and Dr. Nicole LaVoi share their knowledge and research on kids' participation in youth sports.

You can also view the entire issue of Connect.


October 16, 2009

LaVoi, Calhoun publish research results

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center, and second-year sport sociology doctoral student and research assistant Austin Calhoun have published the results from their research study "Examining Online Intercollegiate Head Coaches' Biographies: Reproducing or Challenging Heteronormativity and Heterosexism?" in the article "Team Media Guides and College Coaches' Biographies: Who Gets to Have a Personal Life? What Can Online Intercollegiate Coach Biographies Tell Us About Inclusivity and Tolerance of Diverse Sexual Orientations?" in the Women's Sports Foundation Web site's It taks a Team section. The initial study, which included only Big 10 coaches, was expanded to include a nationwide sample of Division I head coaches. It Takes A Team is an educational program sponsored by the Women's Sports Foundation and designed to end homophobia in sport.

October 15, 2009

CIC delegation from China to visit School of Kinesiology

The School of Kinesiology in collaboration with the Big Ten's Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is hosting a high-level delegation of Chinese sport and physical education dignitaries on October 21-23. Last year, CIC schools sent their kinesiology faculty representatives to China for two weeks to encourage academic exchange in undergraduate programs and to explore potential research collaborations. This year the CIC is bringing their counterparts to the U.S. from these participating Chinese universities: Beijing Sport University; Tianjin University of Sport; Beijing Normal University; Harbin University of Sport; the Capital Institute of Physical Education in Beijing; Chengdu Sport University; East China Normal University in Shanghai; and South China Normal University in Guangzhou. The delegation will arrive in the Twin Cities and, with the help of an interpreter from the University's China Center, tour the University and specifically the School of Kinesiology's programs and facilities.

The Tucker Center's Fall 2009 Distinguished Lecture to be Streamed Live

The Tucker Center's Fall 2009 Distinguished Lecture, Facing Off Over Facebook: The Impact of Social Media on Women Sports, will be available via live stream on Monday, Oct. 19, beginning at 7:00pm Central Time. [convert this to your time]

The links to watch the lecture remotely are as follows (NOTE: The exterior links below may not work until the event has begun):

Tucker Center Site

Broadband Users (QuickTime Player)

Dial-Up Users (QuickTime Audio Only)

If you experience issues with the media player or the live stream, we urge you to contact us. You can reach Austin Calhoun during the DLS for any tech issues (calho029@umn.edu or via Twitter).

Note: The exterior links may not work until the event has begun.

October 14, 2009

Ross interviewed about Adrian Peterson's star power

Stephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), was interviewed by Fox 9 News (9pm) on October 13th. Ross discussed the marketing power and endorsement opportunities of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson.

The story and broadcast video are available, see Adrian Peterson: Football and Marketing Star.

Dorothy Tucker establishes Tucker Center scholarship

Dr. Dorothy McNeill Tucker, whose generous endowment established the renowned Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, has created a $25,000 matching scholarship to support graduate studies at the Tucker Center. This exceptional gift enables the Tucker Center to bring outstanding students from around the U.S. to the U of M to pursue their graduate coursework and to engage in research on the impact of sport and physical activity on the lives of girls and women. Thanks to Dr. Tucker's visionary leadership and generosity, the Tucker Center will be able to provide this scholarship in perpetuity.

October 7, 2009

Wade presents in Taiwan; Keynote speaker at 2010 AAHPERD Convention

Michael WadeMichael Wade, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, is in Taiwan October 6-12 to give two invited presentations at Cheng-Kung University in the city of Tainan. He will also be visiting students and faculty at National Taiwan Normal University and Kaohsiung University. Several former Kinesiology Ph.D. students have faculty positions in both universities.

Wade has also been invited to give the keynote address at the 2010 AAHPERD Convention March 17, 2010, in Indianapolis. The conference will be sponsored by the Motor Development and Learning Academy. The title of his address will be, "Lifespan Motor Development: Movement by Design and Movement that Informs."

October 6, 2009

Tucker Center students present at TCF Stadium showcase

The Tucker Center's Chesley Thul and Kelli Blankeship are presenting research posters Wednesday, October 7, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the TCF Stadium at the Student Scholar & Public Engagement Showcase.

LaVoi & Blankenship featured on UMN home page

Kelli Blankenship & Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center, and U of M hockey player and former Tucker Center summer intern and McNair Scholar Kelli Blankenship are featured on the University of Minnesota's home page in a piece titled Showcasing academics that highlights Blankenship's academic and research accomplishments and LaVoi's mentorship.

October 5, 2009

Kinesiology instructor places 12th in TC Marathon

An adjunct instructor in the School of Kinesiology, Chris Lundstrom finished 12th overall in this year's Twin Cities Marathon with a time of 2:18:58, qualifying him for the Olympic Trials. This marathon was actually a "tune up" for him to run the New York City Marathon on November 1. Fittingly, Lundstrom teaches PE 1262: Marathon Training. In addition, he teaches conditioning courses and the Coaching & Theory of Track & Field in the Physical Activity Program. Congratulations, Chris!

Ross led workshop on sports event management

Stephen RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, led a workshop on Saturday October 3th on sports event management. The workshop was the capstone program for the Certificate in Festival and Event Management Program coordinated by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. Ross spoke on current issues in sports event management, sponsorship opportunities, and the importance of sporting events in community development.

October 2, 2009

Konczak to present at upcoming Conference on Epigenetic Robotics

Juergen KonczakThe organizers of the Ninth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics have invited Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor of biomechanics, and colleagues to present a paper that will subsequently be published in a peer-reviewed engineering journal. This is the second paper this year originating from Konczak's collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology, where he spent a recent sabbatical. Konczak is the senior author of the paper. The conference will be held November 12-14.

The paper models data of the early reaching movements of human babies to better understand their control problems and underlying neural control structures, knowledge that will be used for the control of a humanoid robot called iCub that is being developed in Europe. For a view of the iCub see the article at Euronews or the Human Sensorimotor Control lab.

The preliminary reference of the paper is: Nori F., Sandini G., Konczak J. (2009). Can imprecise internal motor models explain ataxic hand trajectories during reaching in young infants? Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics.

October 1, 2009

LaVoi in LeaderVoice guest column in Minnesota Women's Press

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center, is the featured author in an Octoiber 1, 2009, Minnesota Women's Press LeaderVoice guest column entitled, "Relational Coach".

Norwegian delegation to visit School of Kinesiology

The School of Kinesiology, in collaboration with Christopher Johnstone, Director of the College of Education and Human Development's International Initiatives and Relations, is hosting a delegation from the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway, on Monday, October 5. The delegation includes Torunn Lauvdal, the university's Rector, and Svein Arild Pedersen, Director of the International Office, who will be discussing potential University-wide partnerships and student exchange. The delegation will be talking with the School director Mary Jo Kane, Connie Magnuson, coordinator of the program in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies, and with Sean Morrisey and Mitch Hoffman from the Department of Recreational Sports' Center for Outdoor Adventure.

Qatar delegation to visit Tucker Center

The Tucker Center, in collaboration with the Minnesota International Center and the U.S. Department of State, is hosting an International Visitor Leadership Program "Women in Sports" delegation from the State of Qatar in the Persian Gulf on Friday, October 5. Maha Yousef Al-Abduliabbar, Member, Board of Qatar Women's Sport Committee, Ahlam Salem Al-Mana, President, Qatar Women's Sport Committee, and Salha Masoud Al-Naemi, Manager, Qatar Women's Basketball Team, will tour the Tucker Center and talk with Austin Stair Calhoun, doctoral candidate, regarding the Center's programming objectives and implementation.

Lewis is co-investigator on CDC grant

Beth LewisDr. Beth Lewis, assistant professor in kinesiology, will serve as a Co-Investigator on a grant just funded by the Centers for Disease Control. The grant for $200,000 over one year will fund a study on "Prevention of Gestational Diabetes in American Indian Women." The PI is Dr. Jamie Stang from the School of Public Health.

September 25, 2009

Leon, Bronas publish in American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

LeonA-2005[2].jpgDr. Art Leon, professor of kinesiology, and Ulf Bronas, research associate in the School of Nursing, have published another article in the latest edition of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. The title of the article, "Pathophysiology of coronary heart disease and biological mechanisms for the cardioprotective effects of regular aerobic exercise," appears in the September/October publication's State of the Art Reviews.

Wiese-Bjornstal will present at Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor of Kinesiology, will be among the faculty speaking at the upcoming Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference on October 2-3. Wiese-Bjornstal will be speaking on "Sport Specialization for Young Athletes." The conference, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education, is being held in Minneapolis at the Radisson University Hotel.

September 21, 2009

Tucker Center Unveils New Blog

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport has created a new blog in conjunction with its Fall 2009 Distinguished Lecture on sport, gender and social media. The first post, Social Media: What it is and Why it Matters to Women's Sports, went live on Monday. Look for guest bloggers, Dr. Marie Hardin and Dave Zirin, later this week!

Content from the Tucker Center's discussion of Michael Sokolove's controversial book, Warrior Girls, has also been migrated to the blog.

September 18, 2009

Biltz awarded travel grant to attend Pediatric Work Physiology conference in France

George BiltzGeorge Biltz, M.D., lecturer in exercise physiology at the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded a $1,200 travel grant from the CEHD Office of International Programs, with matching funds from the School, to support his attendance at the 25th Pediatric Work Physiology Conference. The biennial conference, supported by the University of Lille, will be held September 29 to October 3 in the Palais de l'Europe in Le Touquet Paris Plage on the Côte d'Opale, north of Paris. On alternate years, the conference is hosted by the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM).

September 17, 2009

Ross to present at sport marketing conference

Stephen RossSteve Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in sport management at the School of Kinesiology, along with colleagues from Towson University and University of Miami has had two papers accepted for the 7th Annual Sport Marketing Association (SMA) conference. Ross and colleagues will present "The impact of brand extensions on the brand associations of a professional sports team" and "Brand Personalities across the Big Four: Positioning Leagues for Differentiation" at the conference in Cleveland, Ohio, October, 28-30, 2009.

Ross quoted on fans' reactions to Favre

Steve Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management, was quoted in two publications related to the fan attention garnered by Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, despite the negative publicity around Favre's on-again, off-again retirement. See the stories in Canadian Press and Brownsville Herald.

September 14, 2009

Doctoral candidate Jane Yank presents at International Graphonomics Society in France

Kinesiology doctoral candidate Jane Yank is presenting at the International Graphonomics Society meeting at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France, September 13-16, 2009. The topic of her talk is "Visuomotor Tracking in a Pursuit Loop-drawing Task," in which she discusses the effects of concurrent visual feedback on timing and fluidity in hand movements.

Ms. Yank co-authored the paper with Arend Van Gemmert, Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Ms. Yank's adviser is Dr. Michael Wade.

September 11, 2009

Stoffregen announces publication

<a href=Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, announces the publication of an article he wrote with a colleague and a graduate student in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL). Sebastien Villard, Ph.D., was an NIH-funded post-doc in APAL. Yawen Yu is a graduate student in APAL.

Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., & Yu, Y. (2009). Body sway at sea for two visual tasks and three stance widths. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.

Wiese-Bjornstal to present at International Consensus Conference in Copenhagen

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor of Kinesiology, will be in Copenhagen, Denmark from September 16 - 18, 2009 to participate in the International Consensus Conference on "Performance in Sports involving Intense Exercise." Thirty internationally acknowledged researchers together with representatives from the world of sport will take part in this consensus conference sponsored by the University of Copenhagen and Team Denmark, culminating in the production of a series of statements and recommendations that can be used by decision makers in sport, politics, and economy. Wiese-Bjornstal will be speaking on the roles of psychology and socioculture in sport injury risk, response, and recovery in high intensity athletes.

Wiese-Bjornstal, Omli awarded $212,000 grant from State Department

UgandaDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, and Jens Omli, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development and former advisee of Wiese-Bjornstal, have been awarded a $212,000 grant over two years from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The grant will implement the International Sport Connection Soccer Coach Education program in collaboration with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations. Wiese-Bjornstal and Omli will travel to Uganda January 2010 and 2011 with a delegation of U.S. coaches. They will host a delegation of Ugandan coaches, who will travel to Minnesota for advanced training this October, and again in October 2010.

September 10, 2009

Konczak publishes with Italian colleagues

Juergen Konczak Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, announces the publication of an article he wrote with a research group from the Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, at the Italian Institute of Technology. This work was performed during Konczak's single-semester leave last spring in Genova, Italy.

Sciutti A, Squeri V, Gori M, Masia L, Sandini G, & Konczak J. Predicted sensory feedback derived from motor commands does not improve haptic sensitivity. Experimental Brain Research, 2009 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print]

September 9, 2009

Dengel named a director at Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Donald DengelThe Clinical and Translational Science Institute of the Academic Health Center has named Don Dengel, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, as the Director of Human Performance Core and Densitometry Services for the next year. Dengel will oversee the development of densitometry services for the Institute.

Brownlee to present paper at Sport Marketing Association conference

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, Ph.D., teaching specialist in sport management at the School of Kinesiology, had his paper Ambush Marketing in Major League Baseball: Are Loyal Fans Fooled? accepted for presentation at the 7th Annual Sport Marketing Association (SMA) conference in Cleveland, Ohio, October, 28-30, 2009.

Jill Steinbach is a "Face of Rec Sports"

Jill Steinbach, undergraduate major in Kinesiology, is the featured employee in the September issue of the Recreational Sports Member newsletter. See Jill in Faces of Rec Sports

LaVoi, Becker to present at NASSS

Nicole LaVoiTucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, and former Tucker Center Program Associate Erin Becker will present their research "Coaching Youth Soccer as a Token Female" at the annual North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) conference in Ottowa, Ontario, November 4-7, 2009.

September 8, 2009

Kinesiology students featured in President's Welcome Back address

President Bruinink's Welcome Back address is set against the backdrop of the new TCF Bank Stadium and features comments from two Kinesiology majors, Karen Heggernes and Kristina Hefty. The Welcome Back video highlights the new stadium's multiple uses, including future Kinesiology courses that will be held in the facility.

Leon publishes with former doctoral student

Arthur LeonArt Leon, M.D., professor of Kinesiolgy, has published an article with former doctoral advisee Ulf Bronas, Ph.D., research associate in the U of M School of Nursing.The article was based on data from Bronas' doctoral dissertation.

Treat-Jacobson, D., Bronas, U., & Leon, A. S. Efficacy of arm-ergometry versus treadmill exercise training to improve walking distance in patients with claudication. Vascular Medicine 2009, 14, 203-213.

Kihl publishes with doctoral student, former Fulbright Scholar

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, Ph.D.,assistant professor of sport management at the School of Kinesiology announces a new publication with doctoral student Vicki Schull and former Tucker Center Fulbright Scholar Sarah Leberman:

Kihl, L. A., Leberman, S., & Schull, V. (2009). Stakeholder constructions of leadership in intercollegiate athletics. European Sport Management Quarterly. In press.

Barr-Anderson featured by SPH's Health Disparities Working Group

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, is currently featured on the School of Public Health's Health Disparities Working Group Web page. The organization's mission is to give greater visibility to health disparities research at the School of Public Health (SPH) and nationally, develop collaborations with faculty and community partners, and ensure that SPH students are well- trained to work in our diverse society.

September 4, 2009

Wade publishes with former student

Michael Wade Michael Wade, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, and his former graduate student, James Hackney Ph.D., have published a new article.

Hackney, J. M., Wade,M. G., Larson, C., Smith, J. P., & Rakow,J., Impairment in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed subjects in adjusting ground reaction forces in running. Physical Therapy Theory and Practice, in press.

Stoffregen adds publications to his record with help from students

<a href=Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, has published two new articles in the field of movement science. Several of his current and former students also contributed to these articles.

Fu-Chen Chen and Ya-Wen Yu are kinesiology graduate students in working in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL). Sebastien Villard, Ph.D., was an NIH-funded post-doc in APAL. Chunggon Kim, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree under Stoffregen's guidance. Drs. Ito and Bardy are (respectively) Japanese and French research collaborators.

His most recent articles follow.

Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., Kim, C., Ito, K., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). Coupling of head and body movement with motion of the audible environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 35, 1221-1231.
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Stoffregen, T. A., Chen, F.-C., Yu, Y., & Villard, S. (2009). Stance width and angle at sea: Effects of sea state and body orientation. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.

September 3, 2009

Ingraham presents to regional physical therapists

Stacy IngrahamStacy Ingraham, Ph.D., exercise physiology instructor at the School of Kinesiology, presented on Muscle, Tendon and Bone Responses and Considerations Related to Exercise and Injury to OSI Physical Therapy Clinics from Minnesota and Wisconsin on August 26, 2009.

Dengel publishes article on metabolic syndrome in adolescents

Donald DengelDon Dengel, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, has a new publication:

Dengel, D. R., Hearst, M. O., Harmon, J. H., Forsyth, A., & Lytle, L. A. Does the built environment relate to the metabolic syndrome in adolescents? Health & Place, 15:946-951, 2009.

September 1, 2009

Solbavarro to coach the Women's Epee National Team

USA FencingRoberto Solbavarro, instructor for Foil Fencing, Saber Fencing and Intermediate Foil Fencing in the Physical Activity Program at the School of Kinesiology, has been chosen to coach the Women's Epee National Team.

Solbavarro was previously the National Coach for Women's Epee for the USFA and most recently was the coach who led the Junior National Team to a world championship in 2008 and a second place in 2009. His teams and students have consistently placed internationally and recently one of his students won the USA National Championship in Women's Epee.

For more information see USA Fencing.

August 27, 2009

Allison inducted into UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor

Rayla AllisonRayla Allison, JD, lecturer, School of Kinesiology, will be inducted into the University of Texas at Arlington's Athletics Hall of Honor on September 12. Allison was a standout softball player at UTA from 1972-75 and was a Head Coach from 1983-89 compiling a record of 189-152-2. Read more at the UTA Web site.

August 21, 2009

Ross interviewed on Favre

Stephen RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), continues to be interviewed on the marketing implications and fan response to Brett Favre signing with the Vikings.

August 18 - Interviewed by Stan Turner of the Minnesota News Network

August 18 - NBC KARE 11 News (10pm): interviewed by Scott Goldberg

August 19 - Interviewed on WCCO Radio Morning News with Dave Lee

August 19 - Quoted by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (story by John Vomhof Jr.)

August 21 - CBS WCCO 4 News (6pm): interviewed by Darcy Pohland

August 18, 2009

Konczak and Nowak publish on Parkinson's disease in Movement Disorders

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, has published a new article, "Arbitrary visuomotor mapping during object manipulation in Parkinson's disease." The article, published in the international journal Movement Disorders, was written in collaboration with Dennis Nowak, Ph.D., a neurologist and former research fellow in Konczak's Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory. Nowak now heads the Kipfenberg Clinic, a neurological rehabilitation center near Munich, Germany.

The study investigates whether subjects with Parkinson's disease are able to use arbitrary color cues linked to the mass of an object to allow the person to choose an appropriate grip force in lifting the object. The data imply that Parkinson's disease does not preclude the ability of visuomotor mapping in a task involving gripping and lifting.

July 24, 2009

Tucker Center McNair Scholar to Present Poster

Kelli Blankenship, the 2009 Tucker Center McNair Scholar, will present work she has completed under associate director Nicole LaVoi's mentorship at the McNair Poster Presentation, Tuesday, July 28 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.at the Mississippi Room at Coffman. Her poster is titled, Not All Sport Parents Are "Out of Control": The Happy Side of Youth Sports.

July 22, 2009

Ingraham shares insights on Lance Armstrong's Tour de France bid

IngrahamStacy Ingraham, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, has made the media rounds recently with interviews on cyclist Lance Armstrong's extraordinary physical abilities as he competes in this year's Tour de France. Two more articles were published today, one in MinnPost and on the U of M's homepage.

Ingraham's master's student, Greg Rhodes, was also interviewed for the U of M article.

July 21, 2009

Leon, Bronas publish in American Journal of Lifetime Medicine

Arthur LeonArthur Leon, M.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Ulf Bronas, Ph.D., Leon's former student and research associate in the School of Nursing, have published the article, "Dyslipidemia and risk of coronary heart disease: Role of lifestyle approaches for its management," in the July issue of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. The article was featured on the MDLinx.com site, which publishes the most up-to-date health information for medical professionals. Dr. Leon also published "Biological mechanisms for the cardioprotective effects of aerobic exercise" in the same issue of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Konczak gives invited presentation in Italy

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology gave a presentation recently at a four day international workshop on Musculoskeletal Systems and Computational Neuroscience. The workshop was organized by the Polytechnical University of Milan. Konczak presented on how well children recover their motor and cognitive function after removal of a tumor in the cerebellum.

Maureen Weiss Gives Keynote at International Conference on DCD

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, gave a keynote presentation at DCD VIII: Developmental Coordination Disorder International Conference, in Baltimore, MD. The title of her presentation was, "Motivating youth to be physically active: Strategies for children with developmental delay."

July 16, 2009

Tucker Center unveils multimedia archive

The Tucker Center now has a multimedia archive of its past Distinguished Lectures available online. The archive includes streaming videos, powerpoint presentations and other informative resources from a variety of topics related to gender and sport.

July 14, 2009

School of Nursing, Kinesiology collaborate in new study

Art LeonA new funded study begins this week in Kinesiology's Laboratory of Physical Hygiene and Exercise Science called HEARTEN (How exercise and relaxation impacts cardiovascular function in women with coronary artery disease). Ruth Lindquist, Ph.D., R.N., professor in the School of Nursing, is the PI on the study. Art Leon, M.D., professor in Kinesiology, and his former doctoral student Ulf Bronas, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Nursing, are co-PIs and will perform the cardiovascular assessments.

Tucker Center welcomes visiting scholar

Maria Camacho MiñanoMaria Camacho Miñano began her three-month residence as a visiting scholar in the Tucker Center on July 13. She will be working on studying US literature surrounding physical activity among adolescent girls and body image and physical activity, along with various other planned scholarly activities.

Dr. Camacho Miñano hails from Spain and is faculty member at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

July 9, 2009

Ingraham discusses cyclist Armstrong on KARE-11

IngrahamStacy Ingraham, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, was interviewed on KARE-11's 10 p.m. news July 8 on the physical renown of Lance Armstrong as he returns to the Tour de France after a 4-year absence. Also interviewed was Kinesiology M.A. student Greg Rhodes. Read the short interview Lance Armstrong 'genetic freak' says U of M professor and see the clip at http://tinyurl.com/kjcfm9.

Weiss gives NASPSPA keynote in Austin

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, gave the Senior Distinguished Scholar Lecture at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in Austin, TX. The title of her presentation was, "Children in sport and physical activity: What, so what, now what?"

Leon presents at International XX Puijo Symposium

LeonA-2005[2].jpgArt Leon, M.D., Kinesiology professor and director of the School's Laboratory of Physical Hygiene and Exercise Science, participated in the International XX Puijo Symposium in Kuopio, Finland, June 20-29. He presented on the cardiac benefits and risk of exercise, particularly in sudden death due to either occult coronary artery disease or in young athletes due to inherited cardiovascular conditions. Dr. Leon also chaired a session to select Outstanding Young Investigator.


Dr. Leon has been invited to participate in conferences in Finland since 1978 and the biennial Puijo symposium in Kuopio since 1982. There is a long history between LPHES and Finland beginning in the 1960s, when renowned U of M researcher Ancel Keys and Marti Karvonen, an exercise physiologist and former Surgeon General of Finland, started the famous Seven Countries Study, which posed the hypothesis that differences among populations in the frequency of heart attacks and stroke would occur in some orderly relation to physical characteristics and lifestyle, particularly diet composition and fats in the diet.

July 7, 2009

15th International Conference on Perception and Action will be held at U of M July 12-17

ICPA 15 logoThe 15th International Conference on Perception and Action (ICPA-15) will be held July 12-17, 2009, at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus. Hosted by the University's School of Kinesiology, the Center for Cognitive Sciences, and the Center for Clinical Movement Science, and the International Society for Ecological Psychology, this conference will bring together researchers from multidisciplinary backgrounds to discuss issues broadly related to perception and action. Session and poster topics cover a wide range of areas, such as robotics, human and animal cognition, human factors and tool use, speech-language production and perception, and dynamical systems modeling. The conference, which has attracted over 100 academics and professionals from around the world, is coordinated by School of Kinesiology professors Tom Stoffregen and Michael Wade.

Kane quoted in The Nation

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in The Nation. The article "Sexism on Centre Court" talks about how sexualized images of female athletes are ineffective at marketing women's tennis and other women's sports.

July 6, 2009

Ingraham discusses the physiology of Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will take on sports' most grueling test this summer, looking to claim his eighth victory. Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D. lecturer in Kinesiology, says Armstrong's entire body is built for the bike.
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June 30, 2009

Kane quoted in Orange County Register on 1999 US Women's World Cup Soccer Victory

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in an Orange County Register article "Girls of Summer still making an impact." The article talks about the impact of the victory over the past decade and some of the continued barriers women face in big league sports.

June 25, 2009

LaVoi, Thul Receive Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Awards

thul-lavoi-250.jpgNicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center and research associate in the School of Kinesiology, and Chelsey Thul, research assistant in the Tucker Center and graduate assistant in the Physical Activity Social and Behavioral Science area of the School of Kinesiology, were awarded the prestigious Staff Award and a Graduate Student Award respectively from CEHD's Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle at a ceremony on June 16, 2009.

Dr. LaVoi will be using her $2,275 award to attend the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport in Sydney, Australia, in 2010. Ms. Thul's award of $2,000 will be used to create a culturally relevant East African girls physical activity program for 25 adolescent girls.

June 24, 2009

Ross gives expert opinions on Brett Favre to local media

RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), was interviewed on WCCO News Radio June 24 to discuss the possible signing of Brett Favre by the Vikings. Dr. Ross discussed the positive and negative impact on fans as well as the financial implications for the Vikings and its quest for a new stadium. Dr. Ross will also be appearing on WCCO's Saturday Afternoon with Steve Thomson on June 27.

Watch Dr. Ross discuss the Favre debate on the U News Service.

June 22, 2009

LaVoi to Participate in Keynote Panel at Up2Us Regional Conference

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, has been invited to be part of a keynote panel at the Up2Us Regional Conference in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, June 30th. The conference is sponsored in part by the LA84 Foundation .

LaVoi will discuss the role of coaches in facilitating positive youth development. LaVoi is part of the Up2Us Research Advisory Committee and co-developed an Up2Us research paper on "Sports-based youth development for girls", which will be available by late summer.

June 16, 2009

Barr-Anderson publishes in American Journal of Public Health

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has co-authored an article just published in the American Journal of Public Health:
Melissa C. Nelson, Nicole I. Larson, Daheia Barr-Anderson, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, and Mary Story. Disparities in dietary intake, meal patterning, and home food environments among young adult nonstudents and 2- and 4-year college students. Am J Public Health 2009 99: 1216-1219.

Barr-Anderson awarded New Connections grant

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has just received a New Connections grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two-year grant will support Barr-Anderson's work focusing on perceived and objective environmental influences on physical activity among high school girls. The New Connections grant will complement Barr-Anderson's NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) grant to study environmental influences of overweight and obesity among African American adolescent girls.

June 5, 2009

Leon invited to present and chair at international symposium

LeonA-2005[2].jpgArthur S. Leon, M.D., professor in Kinesiology, will be attending the 20th International Puijo Symposium in Kuopio, Finland, June 23-26. He is an invited speaker and will chair a session at the symposium. The conference theme is "Physical Exercise in Health Promotion and Medical Care."

June 4, 2009

Kane at "Training Rules" Screening at Walker Arts Center

Mary Jo KaneAs part of its celebration of Gay Pride Week, the Walker Arts Center has invited Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, to give a post-screening critique of the must-see new documentary Training Rules. Professor Kane—an internationally recognized scholar in the field of sport and gender—will also lead what promises to be a lively Q&A discussion with the audience on this groundbreaking film which explores the impact of homophobia in women's sports. Oscar-nominated director Dee Mosbacher's (Straight from the Heart) documentary focuses on student-athlete Jennifer Harris's 2006 lawsuit against Penn State University and women's basketball coach Rene Portland, who had three strict training rules during her 26-year tenure—no drinking, no drugs, and no lesbians. The event takes place on Wednesday, June 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Walker Arts Center's Cinema auditorium and lecture hall. Tickets are $6 for Walker members and $8 for the general public.

Kinesiology Sport Management group attends NASSM

At the NASSM conference in Columbia, SC, last week, Stephen Ross, Ph.D., presented several papers along with Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Eric Brownlee, Ph.D., and doctoral candidate Heather Maxwell and doctoral student Clinton Warren. The University of Minnesota was well represented at the conference by current faculty and students as well as former students (Pat Walsh, Ph.D. 2008; Jina Bang, Ph.D. 2007; and James Chien, Ph.D. 2006).

Ross named Research Fellow

RossStephen Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology (sport management), was recently named a Research Fellow in the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM). Ross was also promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure this spring.


May 26, 2009

Global Sport Management class in Italy

Jo Ann BuysseThe School of Kinesiology's May session study abroad course "Global Sport Management," led by Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist, is on a trip to Italy where students will be exploring the relationship between globalization and sport. You can follow their experiences and adventures via blogger, twtter, and flickr.

May 22, 2009

Weiss Elected President of AAKPE

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, has been elected as the next president of The American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), and will serve a 3-year term on the executive board. AAKPE is an honorary organization composed of Fellows who have made significant contributions to the field of kinesiology. To be inducted into membership, a person must meet rigorous criteria for scholarship and professional service. The dual purpose of AAKPE is to encourage and promote the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity and to honor by election to its membership persons who have contributed significantly to the study and application of the art and science of human movement and physical activity.

Konczak publishes with international colleagues

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, professor in Kinesiology, has just published two articles as part of his ongoing collaboration with a group of neurologists at the University Medical Centre Essen, Germany.

Kronenbuerger M, Konczak J, Ziegler W, Buderath P, Frank B, Coenen VA, Kiening K, Reinacher P, Noth J, Timmann D. Balance and Motor Speech Impairment in Essential Tremor. In Cerebellum. 2009 May 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Timmann D, Konczak J, Ilg W, Donchin O, Hermsdörfer J, Gizewski E, Schoch B.
Current advances in lesion-symptom mapping of the human cerebellum. . In Neuroscience 2009 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print]

May 21, 2009

Stoffregen and Yank to publish in Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness

Tom StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D. professor in Kinesiology has published an article with Jane Yank, Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology.

"The Postural Responses of Adults Who Are Blind to a Moving Environment" by Thomas A. Stoffregen, Kiyohide Ito, Philip Hove, Jane Redfield Yank, and Benoit G. Bardy, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

May 19, 2009

Katie Anderson Awarded Jaeger Scholarship

Katie Anderson, M.A. candidate in Kinesiology, has been awarded the 2009 Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship for Students at the Tucker Center. Anderson's research interests focus on youth physical activity and sedentary behaviors.

May 18, 2009

Ingraham quoted in Star Tribune

Stacy IngrahamStacy Ingraham, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, was quoted in a May 17 Star Tribune article on summer fitness activities. Read the article at the Star Tribune.

May 14, 2009

Kinesiology undergraduate wins awards for leadership and service

Heather DornidenKinesiology undergraduate student, Heather Dorniden was awarded a President's Student Leadership and Service Award along with a University of Minnesota Alumni Association Leadership Award. Her academic and athletic accomplishments are detailed in the UMNews article: Big fish, big pond.

Stoffregen publishes with international colleagues

Tom StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, published in collaboration with two colleagues: Bruno Mantel and Benoit Bardy, Ph.D., at the University of Montpellier-1, France. Mantel is a student working toward his Ph.D. under the supervision of Bardy and Stoffregen.

Mantel, B., Bardy, B. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Locomotor assessment of whether an object is reachable. Ecological Psychology, in press.

Wiese-Bjornstal to speak at Minnesota Athletic Trainers' meeting

Diane Wiese-BjornstalDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, will be speaking at the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Cloud on May 16. Her talk is on "Using effective interaction skills in sports medicine practice."

Wiese-Bjornstal also will have an article published based on her presentation at the NCAA Scholarly Colloquium in Washington D.C., January 2009: Wiese-Bjornstal, D.M. (in press). Sport injury and college athlete health across the lifespan. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.

May 13, 2009

Kane featured on XM sport talk radio show

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center, was featured on Dave Zirin's XM radio show, The Edge of Sports, responding to the question "does sex sell women's sport?"

Zirin was Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year and writes about sports for the Nation Magazine, is a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times.

May 8, 2009

LaVoi to present at St. Cloud chapter of AAUW

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, will give a talk to the St. Cloud chapter of the AAUW on Tuesday, May 12. She will discuss research findings from the 2007 Tucker Center Research Report, "Developing Physically Active Girls." For more information on the event, see the article in sctimes.com .

May 7, 2009

Senior kinesiology undergraduate profiled in UMNews

Jennifer OjiakuSenior kinesiology student Jennifer Ojiaku was profiled in UMNews. A video and write up are available at On the run: Senior kinesiology student looks at exercise and rehabilitation from every angle.

Allison appears on WCCO-TV's "Good Question"

Rayla AllisonRayla Allison, J.D., lecturer in Sport Management, was interviewed May 6 by WCCO-TV on the business worth that Brett Favre could bring to the Vikings.

Hughes wins Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Julie Hughes, Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology, has been awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School for 2009-2010. These fellowships are awarded each year to a select number of students in their final year of study to enable them to devote full-time effort to dissertation research and writing.

Hughes is an exercise physiology student pursuing research in identifying modifiable and hormonal risk factors for osteoporosis in older men. Moira Petit, Ph.D, associate professor, serves as Hughes' adviser.

Chang, Wade, & Stoffregen publish

Michael WadeTom StoffregenNickie Chang, Ph. D., Michael Wade, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, and Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, have a recent paper to be published in the Journal of Motor Behavior. Chang is a former School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student. Wade served as Chang's adviser.

Chang, C.-H., Wade, M. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Perceiving affordances for aperture passage in an environment-person-person system. Journal of Motor Behavior, in press.

Leitschuh gives invited presentation in Czech Republic

Carol Leitschuh Carol Leitschuh, Ph.D., research associate in Kinesiology, who is on sabbatical this semester at Palacky University in the Czech Republic, gave an invited presentation on April 9th to faculty and graduate students of the Psychology Department at The University of New York at Prague. The title of her talk was "The value of a physically active life: Infancy - youth." Leitschuh also gave this presentation April 28th to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Pedagogy at Palacky University.


Konczak gives invited presentations in France

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, who is on sabbatical in Geneva, Italy, gave two invited presentations in France on May 4 and 5. In Paris he presented to the College de France, one of the oldest premier research institutions in the country. The title of his talk was "The cerebellum and motor control: Lessons from how well children recover from injury to the cerebellum."

At the University of Dijon, Konczak spoke to an interdisciplinary group of musicians, pediatricians, and movement scientists on "Learning how to play the violin: insights into how children acquire complex motor skills."

May 6, 2009

Lewis Awarded NIH Grant on Exercise and PostPartum Depression

Beth LewisBeth Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has been awarded an NIH grant for her proposal entitled "Efficacy of an Exercise Intervention for the Prevention of PostPartum Depression." The grant is for $389,000 over two years.

Dengel to give invited lecture at UMD Medical School

Donald DengelDon Dengel, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, will present a lecture at the Medical School on the Duluth campus titled "The Decline of Arterial Health in Children: The Roles of Obesity and Physical Activity. The lecture is scheduled for May 8 at noon in the UMD School of Medicine. For more information, see Medical School Duluth Seminar Series.

May 4, 2009

Leon, Bronas have "centerpiece article" accepted

LeonA-2005[2].jpgDr. Art Leon, professor in Kinesiology, and his former student Ulf Bronas, Ph.D., research associate in the School of Nursing, have had their article, "Hypertension: Lifestyle Modifications for its Prevention and Management," accepted by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. The article is the centerpiece of the journal's issue on "Lifestyle Management of High Blood Pressure." The journal's reviewer commented, "It is, in a word, 'superb.' The manuscript does exactly what I hoped for--which is provide in one comprehensive review the scientific basis for why lifestyle interventions are so effective both in helping to prevent and manage high blood pressure."

The manuscript will be published in the November-December 2009 issue.

May 1, 2009

Valentini to Head Coach Gustavus Adolphus Men's Tennis

Tommy Valentini, doctoral student in sport and exercise psychology and advisee of Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director, will be the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Gustavus Adolphus College starting fall of 2009. Valentini will take the helm from Steve Wilkinson who is retiring from coaching after 39 years. Valentini will also help run the popular Tennis & Life Camps at Gustavus. Congratulations!

April 30, 2009

Kihl publishes in Journal of Sport Management

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has published the following article with graduate student Tim Richardson in the recent issue of the Journal of Sport Management: Kihl, L. A., & Richardson, T. 'Fixing the Mess': A grounded theory of a men's basketball coaching staff's suffering as a result of academic corruption. Journal of Sport Management, 23 (3), pp 278-304.

Baker wins UROP grant

Alisha Baker, a sophomore working in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, has received a UROP award for her research project, "Posture and locomotion influence perception of a novel affordance". Her supervisor is Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D, professor in Kinesiology.

April 29, 2009

Barr-Anderson publication accepted

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has had her manuscript "Parental report vs. child perception of familial support: which is more associated with child physical activity and television use?" accepted by the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. Publication date is pending.

Konczak publishes and presents

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, who is on sabbatical this semester in Geneva, Italy, gave an invited presentation on April 22 to clinicians at a teaching hospital in Trier, Germany. The title of his talk was "Funktionelle Erholung nach Kleinhirnschaedigung (Functional recovery after injury to the cerebellum)."

Results from his research laboratory and from his international collaboration were recently published in Journal of Motor Behavior and Gait and Posture.

Konczak J., VanderVelden, H., Jaeger, L. (2009). Learning to play the violin: motor control by freezing not freeing degrees of freedom. Journal of Motor Behavior, May;41(3):243-52. [see http://hsc.umn.edu/ for details]

Buderath, P., Gärtner, K., Frings, M., Christiansen, H., Schoch, B., Konczak, J., Gizewski, E.R., Hebebrand, J., Timmann, D. (2009). Postural and gait performance in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Gait and Posture, Feb; 29(2):249-254. Epub 2008 Oct 28.

April 27, 2009

News from Kinesiology's Laboratory of Musculoskeletal Health

The Laboratory of Musculoskeletal Health (Moira Petit, Ph.D., lab director) has had an active and eventful year. Several Kinesiology Ph.D. students presented posters or oral presentations at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research meeting last fall, including: Susan Novotny (oral presentation and poster), Kristy Popp, Amanda Thieschafer, Julie Hughes (plenary poster), and Sue Lynn Peart. Beth Kaufman and Julie Cousins will be presenting their work at the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) meeting in Seattle this May.

Dr. Petit also received a grant from the MN Obesity Consortium for the study “Bone and cardiovascular health in obese adolescents following bariatric surgery.” Ph.D. students Lesley Scibora and Susan Novotny did much of the writing for that grant.

Three UROP students worked in the lab this past semester: Christopher Winkler, Robin Spoehr, and Alyssa Kurkoski. Patrick Hughes was awarded a UROP to work in our lab this summer.

Below are recently published or accepted manuscripts (Kinesiology students and faculty in bold):

Wetzsteon RJ, Petit MA, Macdonald HM, Hughes JM, Beck TJ, McKay HA. Bone structure and volumetric BMD in overweight children: a longitudinal study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 2008 Dec;23(12):1946-53.

Wetzsteon RJ, Hughes JM, Kaufman BC, Vazquez G, Stoffregen TA, Stovitz SD, Petit MA. Ethnic differences in bone strength are apparent in childhood. Bone, In Press 2009.

Petit MA, Paudel ML, Taylor BC, Hughes JM, Strotmeyer ES, Schwartz AV, Cauley JA, Zmuda JM, Hoffman AR, Ensrud KE. Bone mass and strength in older men with type 2 diabetes: the osteoporotic fractures in men study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Accepted 2009.

Singh JA, Schmitz KH, Petit MA. Effect of resistance exercise on bone mineral density in premenopausal women. Joint Bone Spine. 2009 Feb 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Thieschafer AJ, Hughes JM, Popp KL, Wetzsteon RJ, Stovitz SD, Kaufman BC, Kurzer MS, Petit MA. Bone volumetric density, geometry, and strength in female and male collegiate runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Accepted, 2009.

Popp KL, Hughes JM, Thieschafer AJ, Novotny SA, Stovitz SD, Koehler S, Petit MA. Bone geometry, strength, and muscle mass in runners with a history of stress fracture. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Accepted, 2009.

Beck TJ, Petit MA, Wu G, Leboff MS, Cauley JA, Chen Z. Does Obesity Really Make the Femur Stronger? Bone Mineral Density, Geometry and Fracture Incidence in the Women's Health Initiative-Observational Study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 2009 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print]

April 24, 2009

Center for Clinical Movement Science holds Research Day

The Center for Clinical Movement Science, whose membership includes many faculty and graduate students in the School of Kinesiology, held its first Research Day on Friday, Aprli 17. Photos of the event may be seen at the CCMS Web site.

April 21, 2009

Ingraham to present at local coaches training seminar

Stacy IngrahamStacy Ingraham, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, will be presenting on Thursday, April 23, at the Twin Cities suburban Centennial Soccer Association's Coaches Training Seminar on two topics: Nutritional Considerations for Sports Performance for Soccer Practice, Games and Tournaments and Maturation and Sports Performance in Soccer.

LaVoi, Tucker Center featured in Star Tribune article

Nicole LaVoiStar Tribune sports columnist Rachel Blount interviewed Kinesiology lecturer Nicole LaVoi Ph.D. for the article Studies blow the whistle on lack of women coaches." Blount also mentioned tomorrow's Tucker Center Spring Distinguished Lecture by Michael Messner, Ph.D., University of Southern California professor of sociology and gender studies. Professor Messner will be treating the issue in his lecture, You Gotta Be Tough: Challenges and Strategies of Female Coaches in Youth Sports.

April 15, 2009

Wong wins UROP grant

Melissa Wong, an undergraduate working with Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D. in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, has received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant, for her research on Microslips in a Manual Placing Task.

LaVoi presents to Prior Lake Rotary Club

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center, spoke to members of the Prior Lake Rotary Club on April 15 on behalf of the U of M Alumni Association. LaVoi's talk focused on the work of the Tucker Center including her sport parent research and barriers that prevent girls from being physically active.

April 14, 2009

Kane to present at NCAA Gender Equity Forum in San Diego

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center, will give an invited presentation titled "Media Representations of Sportswomen in the 21st Century" at the NCAA-sponsored Gender Equity & Issues Forum in San Diego, CA on April 27.

April 13, 2009

Thul presented to Girls Coalition of Minnesota's Annual Conference

Chelsey Thul, research assistant in Kinesiology, gave a workshop titled Reducing Physical Inactivity and Promoting Active Living: From the Voices of East African Adolescent Girls on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at the 2009 Girls Coalition of Minnesota's Annual Conference.

April 10, 2009

Kihl to present at North American Society for Sport Management Conference

Lisa KihlLisa Kihl, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, will be presenting at the upcoming North American Society for Sport Management conference, May 27-May 30, in Columbia, SC.

Lisa Kihl and co-author Kathy Babiak (University of Michigan) will be presenting a paper titled "Stakeholder management and corporate social responsibility in professional sport." Kihl will also be presenting at a symposium titled "Civic Engagement: Educating Citizens through Sport Management."

April 9, 2009

Weiss publishes in Minnesota Health Care News

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology, published an article in the April issue of Minnesota Health Care News titled, Motivating girls to be physically active: Ingredients for optimizing health benefits. Practical strategies for meeting this goal were couched within the acronym CARE—develop Competence, provide opportunity for Autonomy or choice, promote positive adult and peer Relationships, and maximize Enjoyment and minimize anxiety.

April 8, 2009

LaVoi gives training workshop at Carleton

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center, returned to Carleton College to give an invited workshop to student-athletes, coaches and community members titled Mental Toughness Training for Peak Performance.

The workshop was paid in part by a grant from the NCAA. LaVoi was Carleton's Assistant Women's Tennis Coach (1991-1993) before becoming the Head Coach at Wellesley College in 1994.

April 6, 2009

Kinesiology Honors Program Students Give Presentations

On Friday, April 3, before a small audience in Cooke Hall, graduating students in the School of Kinesiology Honors Program gave public talks and presentations concerning their Honors Research Projects.

Congratulations to these fine students:

Alyssa Kurkoski
Advisor: Prof. Moira Petit
Title: Bone strength in male runners with and without a history of stress fracture.

Elizabeth Lauer
Advisor: Prof. Tom Stoffregen
Title: Task performance and interpersonal postural coordination.

Ali Fisher
Advisor: Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal
Title: Junior hockey as transitional period: Experiences of junior hockey players as they transition between Coté’s specializing and investment years.

Zoe Fung
Advisor: Prof. Tom Stoffregen
Title: Role of Locomotor Movement and Posture on Affordance Perception.

Chris Reiff
Advisor: Prof. Don Dengel
Title: Differences in caloric expenditure in sitting versus standing desks.

Barr-Anderson will be guest on "It's Your Health"

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, will be a guest on the radio show "It's Your Health" on Monday, April 6, from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on station KMOJ, 89.9 FM. She will discuss overweight and obesity in the African American community and her upcoming research project, "Environmental influences on physical activity and diet among African American adolescent girls."

March 31, 2009

Stoffregen speaks at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tom StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, gave an invited colloquium in the Department of Cognitive Science at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, on the topic of "Postural instability and motion sickness" on March 25.

Tucker Center's Spring 2009 Distinguished Lecturer Featured in SoCal Newspaper

Michael Messner, the Tucker Center's Spring 2009 Distinguished Lecturer, recently published an op-ed, "Let's have more crying in baseball," in the Pasadena Star-News.

A University of Southern California professor of sociology and gender studies, Messner's presentation, titled "You Gotta Be Tough": Challenges and Strategies of Female Coaches in Youth Sports, is based in part on his just-published book It's All For the Kids: Gender, Families, and Youth Sports. The lecture will take place on April 22 from 7-9:00 pm at the Hubert H. Humphrey Center on the U of M's West Bank.

March 30, 2009

Kinesiology faculty and students at CEHD Research Day

Several members of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center participated in this year's College of Education and Human Development Research Day poster displays on March 24.

Chelsea Thul, Ph.D. student in sport and exercise psychology and research assistant at the Tucker Center, Jill Haom, B.S. student in kinesiology and former intern at the Tucker Center, and Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., lecturer and Tucker Center associate director, presented their poster "Reducing Physical Inactivity and Promoting Active Living: From the Voices of East African Adolescent Girls" [abstract | poster]; Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor, presented "Safe or Out: Using Community Action Research to Transform the Environment for Youth Baseball at an Urban Recreation Center" [abstract | poster]; and Tom Smith, Ph.D., research associate, presented his poster "The Ergonomics of Learning - The Design of the Learning Environment is Key to Student Learning Performance" [abstract | poster].




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Female Somalis learn basketball in girls-only gym

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist in the School of Kinesiology, is featured in a Star Tribune article for her volunteer work with The Melpomene Institute for Women's Health Research and the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood where each Sunday she works with Somali high school and college girls on their basketball skills. Buysse is a former collegiate women's basketball coach and now directs the undergraduate Sports Management Program at the U of MN.

March 27, 2009

Calhoun presents at Sport, Sexuality, and Culture Conference

Austin Stair CalhounAustin Calhoun, Ph.D. student and Tucker Center research assistant, presented a poster, "Examining Online Intercollegiate Head Coaches' Biographies: Reproducing or Challenging Heteronormativity and Heterosexism?" [abstract | poster] at the Sport, Sexuality, and Culture Conference, in Ithaca, NY, March 18-20, 2009. The poster was done in collaboration with Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and Associate Director of the Tucker Center.

LaVoi to Co-Author Book Chapter

Nicole LaVoiTucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, with colleague Elizabeth Daniels (Visiting Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon), will co-author a chapter in the forthcoming book The Sexualization of Girls, published by the American Psychological Association. Their chapter will be titled, "The Solution and Problem: Sports Participation for Girls and The Sexualization of Women Athletes".

March 24, 2009

Kane quoted in New York Times on Oklahoma's Courtney Paris

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in a New York Times article "Putting a Price on a Title Run Stirs a Debate." The article talks about Oklahoma women's basketball all-American Courtney Paris' statement saying she would repay her scholarship in full if her team failed to win a national championship this year.

March 23, 2009

Buysse's Volunteer Work Featured on MPR

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., was featured on an MPR segment March 19. She volunteers each Sunday to work with a group of Somali high school and college women who get together to play basketball at the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Pictures, along with more information, are available at Minnesota Public Radio.

March 22, 2009

Tucker Center and LaVoi Quoted in Pioneer Press

Nicole LaVoiTucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, is quoted in a Pioneer Press article titled, "A generation on the sidelines: Why Minnesota kids are leaving school sports behind."

March 20, 2009

Valentini authors book chapter

Doctoral student Tommy Valentini will have a chapter titled “Love-Love: A Fresh Start at Finding Value and Virtue in Tennis” in the soon-to-be-released book Tennis and Philosophy. The book is part of the Philosophy and Popular Culture series published by the University Press of Kentucky. Valentini’s chapter discusses the potential of sport to contribute to athlete moral development and the importance of a philosophy that prioritizes winning below other aspects of competition that are within an athlete’s control—namely effort, sportsmanship, and positive attitude. Valentini is advised by Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, Associate Director of the Tucker Center.

Weiss presents at First Annual Girls in Sport Symposium

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology, gave the keynote presentation for the First Annual Girls in Sport Symposium, sponsored by the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The title of her presentation was, “Promoting a ‘love of the game:’ Optimizing girls’ physical, social, and psychological assets through physical activity.” Weiss will also give a keynote presentation at the annual conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in April titled, “Caring, compassionate, competent: Coaching for positive youth development through sport.”

March 18, 2009

Stoffregen postural stability research in Scientific American

Tom StoffregenThe research of Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, is the subject of an article in the News Scan section of the April, 2009, Scientific American. Stoffregen's controversial theories on postural instability as the cause of motion sickness are featured.

In addition, Prof. Stoffregen has had the following article accepted by Motor Control. Two of the authors, Russ Giveans and Jane Yank, are his doctoral students.Sebastien Villard spent worked with him as a post-doctoral student.

Stoffregen, T. A., Giveans, M. R., Villard, S., Yank, J. R., & Shockley, K. (2009). Interpersonal postural coordination on rigid and non-rigid surfaces.

March 16, 2009

Kane to present at Collaborative Leadership Development Series workshop

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, will be a presenter at a So You Have an Interdisciplinary Center? What's Next? on April 13. The workshop will focus on challenges of sustaining established and successful interdisciplinary centers at the University. Dr. Kane will share insights on her experience as director of the internationally recognized Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport.

March 12, 2009

Haom awarded DOVE fellowship

Jill Haom, kinesiology B.S. student, has been awarded the Diversity of Views and Experience (DOVE) Fellowship for 2009-2010. Jill will be entering the M.A. in Kinesiology with emphasis on sport and exercise psychology next fall. She will be working with Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology. Jill worked last summer with Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., associate director of the Tucker Center as a Minnesota McNair Scholar, where she participated in the project, "The Physical Activity of East African Girls," and presented a poster on perceived barriers to physical activity.

Kane quoted in ESPN: The Magazine

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was recently quoted in "The Selling of Candace Parker", a feature story from ESPN: The Magazine.

Kane is quoted as saying, "Women athletes are more likely to be marketed as sexy than as competent."

March 9, 2009

LaVoi leads workshop for hockey parents

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Ph.D., gave a hockey parent workshop on March 7, 2009 held in conjunction with a girls' hockey clinic. The first-ever clinic and parent workshop was done in conjunction with the WCHA Women's Hockey Tournament, organized by the U of M Sport Business Institute.

March 5, 2009

Barr-Anderson showcased in Sport Medicine Bulletin

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, is featured in the March 3 issue of the American College of Sport Medicine's (ACSM) Sports Medicine Bulletin for her involvement in the organization's Leadership & Diversity Training Program.

Barr-Anderson has been active in ACSM since 2003, first as a student member and then as a professional-in-training. She is also involved in the Minority Health & Research Special Interest Group.

February 27, 2009

Lewis research on "Standing Desks" cited

Beth LewisBeth Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has been cited in several news venues highlighting her research on "standing desks" for elementary school students including ABC World News, The New York Times and Minnesota Daily.

February 23, 2009

Dengel has two new publications with graduate students

DengelD-2005.jpgDon Dengel, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, has published two articles with former graduate students Tyler Bosch (M.A. 2007), Chris Kaufman (Ph.D. 2006), Eric Williamson (M.Ed. 2002), Tom Olson (Ph.D. 2004), and Jennifer Tracy (M.A. 2006).

Bosch, T.A., Kaufman, C.L., Williamson, E.B., Duprez, D.A., & Dengel, D.R. (2009) Comparison of changes in heart rate variability and blood pressure during nitroglycerin administration and head-up tilt testing. Clinical Autonomic Research, 19, 46-50.

Olson, T.P., Tracy, J., & Dengel, D.R. (2009) Relationship between ventilatory threshold and cerebral
blood flow during maximal exercise in humans. Open Sports Medicine Journal, 3, 9-13.

February 18, 2009

Brownlee to present at NASSM

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, Ph.D., lecturer in Kinesiology, has had his abstract on "The Effectiveness of Official Sponsor Designation: The Case of Ambush Marketing in Major League Baseball (MLB)" accepted for presentation this spring. He will be presenting at the 2009 North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) conference in Columbia, SC, on May 27-30.

February 12, 2009

Ruggiero featured on Today Show

University of Minnesota sport management M.Ed. student and three-time hockey Olympian Angela Ruggiero appeared on NBC's Today Show this morning promoting the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The video of Angela's appearance is available online at MSNBC.

February 3, 2009

Stoffregen publishes two journal articles

Thomas StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology has published two new journal articles.

Stoffregen, T. A., Yang, C.-M., Giveans, M. R., Flanagan, M., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). Movement in the perception of an affordance for wheelchair locomotion. Ecological Psychology, 21, 1-36.

Faugloire, E., Stoffregen, T. A., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). (De)Stabilization of required and spontaneous postural dynamics with learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 35, 170-187.

Also of note is that in the first article listed above the second, third and forth authors were working under Stoffregen's supervision. Chih-Mei Yang, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. Russ Giveans is currently a Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology, and Moira Flanagan was a post-doc in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, 2005-2007.

The study that formed the basis for the second article above was supported by grants from the European Commission and from the National Science Foundation.

January 30, 2009

Barr-Anderson publishes ground-breaking study

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, is the lead author on a newly published paper that appears today in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and may be the first to investigate the relationship between TV and diet over the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

The article, "Does Television Viewing Predict Dietary Intake Five Years Later in High School Students and Young Adults?" comes out of a study, part of the U of M’s School of Public Health’s Project EAT (Eating Among Teens) that followed almost 2,000 Twin Cities-area high- and middle-school children over a five-year period and showed that there was a significant downward trend in the quality of diets of “heavy viewers" -- those individuals who reported watching five or more hours of TV a day (versus “limited viewers" watched two hours or less a day, and “moderate viewers" between two and five). Researchers led by Barr-Anderson found that heavy-viewing high schoolers had a lower intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and calcium-rich foods, and higher intakes of snack foods, fried foods, fast food, sugar-sweetened beverages and trans fats five years down the road.

An interview with Professor Barr-Anderson appears on www.WSJ.com. Professor Barr-Anderson gave three interviews yesterday (MN News Network, HealthDay, and WCCO Radio), will have a live radio interview this morning (WJON, a St Cloud radio station), and a live TV interview with KARE-11 during their 5:50am "Sunrise" session on Tuesday morning.

Besides Prof. Barr-Anderson, the other journal article authors are Nicole I. Larson (Epidemiology), and Melissa C. Neslon, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, and Mary Story, all in the School of Public Health.









January 27, 2009

Weiss publishes two journal articles

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology, recently published two research articles that are referenced as follows:

Weiss, M.R. (2008). "Field of Dreams" Sport as a context for youth development. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 79, 434-439.

Stuntz, C.P., & Weiss, M.R. (2009). Achievement goal orientations and motivational outcomes in youth sport: The role of social orientations. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10, 255-262.

January 23, 2009

Konczak publishes in journal Neuroscience

Jürgen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, has had a collaborative paper with colleagues from Israel (Ben Gurion University, Negev) and Germany (University of Essen, University of Tuebingen, and EKN Munich) accepted by Neuroscience. Titled "Current Advances in Lesion-Symptom Mapping of the Human Cerebellum," the paper summarizes the methodology of MRI-based lesion symptom mapping of the human cerebellum and discusses its potential for gaining insights into cerebellar function.

January 14, 2009

Wiese-Bjornstal to Serve on Science Board of National Organization

Diane Wiese-BjornstalDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, has been appointed to the 2009 Science Board of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Executive Director Melissa Johnson wrote, "Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal was selected to serve on this board due to the significant contributions she has made to the research and science of physical activity, fitness, and health. The PCPFS staff and council members look to this board for recommendations in the areas of program development and evaluation."

January 13, 2009

Outreach with second graders shows research in motion

Tom StoffregenThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, spoke to 80 second grade students at Brimhall Elementary School in Roseville about his research on "Body balance at sea." Stoffregen's presentation fit into their curriculum; the 2nd grade is doing a science unit on "Balance and Motion."

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January 7, 2009

Brownlee to present at SRLA

Eric BrownleeEric Brownlee, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be presenting at the 22nd Annual Sport & Recreation Law Association (SRLA) conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 5-7, 2009. He co-authored the paper, "The Practical Application of Dram Shop Laws: Rating Major Professional Sport League Alcohol Policies," with Marion Hambrick at the University of Louisville.

December 22, 2008

Lewis Shares Tips on Keeping Fit in Winter

Beth LewisBeth Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, is featured in an interview on the U of M Moment blog discussing "Staying Fit in the Cold." When the temperature outside drops so do physical activity levels, and Dr. Lewis gives tips and encouragement to find ways to stay fit through the winter months. Listen to the interview.

December 16, 2008

Weiss Co-Organizes 2009 NCAA Scholarly Colloquium

The 2009 NCAA Scholarly Colloquium will take place January 13-14 during the annual NCAA convention in Washington, DC. The theme for the colloquium is, "Paying the Price: Is Excellence in Sport Compatible with Good Health?" Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has co-organized this second annual colloquium. An article featuring the colloquium appears in The NCAA News.

December 11, 2008

Tucker Center in U of M News

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, housed in the School of Kinesiology, is featured in this week's edition of the U of M News Wire.

U of M’s One-of-a-kind Tucker Center promotes research around females in sport
U of M News Wire (Minn.) Dec. 11, 2008

December 8, 2008

Calhoun and LaVoi's Abstract Accepted to Sport, Sexuality, and Culture Conference

Calhoun and LaVoi's Abstract Accepted to Sport, Sexuality, and Culture Conference

Austin Calhoun, PhD student and Tucker Center Research Assistant, and Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Associate Director of the Tucker Center, were accepted to present a poster at the Sport, Sexuality, and Culture Conference to be held March 18-20, 2009 in Ithaca, N.Y. The research is titled Examining Online Intercollegiate Head Coaches' Biographies: Reproducing or Challenging Heteronormativity and Heterosexism?.

November 25, 2008

Dengel Publishes in Cancer

Donald DengelDon Dengel, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has just received notice of a new publication that he co-authored in Cancer.

Thomas, I. H., Donohue, J. E., Ness, K. K., Dengel, D. R., Baker, K. S,, & Gurney, J. G. Bone mineral density in young adult survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer (in press). 2008;113:3248-56.

November 18, 2008

Alum Bronas in Wellness Works

Alum Ulf Bronas (Ph.D., 2007), a graduate in exercise physiology under Professor Art Leon, is also featured In the current issue of the University's Wellness Works magazine.

Bronas, now in the University's School of Nursing, is featured in the "In the Works" section on page 23 regarding his peripheral arterial disease (PAD) research with Leon.

Weiss awarded three-year grant

WeissMaureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and David Goodman, professor of kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., received a $90,000 grant over three years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The award is for a proposal titled, "Changing Attitudes and Behaviors of Youth Hockey Players by Innovative Educational Interventions." The project seeks to reduce incidence of concussions among youth hockey players by educating youth about the impact of violent plays on incidence of injury and educating coaches and parents about how their actions influence players' attitudes and behaviors.

Congratulations Mo!

November 17, 2008

Lewis and Weiss in "Wellness Works"

The School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center are highly visible in the current issue of the University's Wellness Works magazine. Beth Lewis Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology has the feature article on pages 3-5 and Maureen Weiss Ph.D., The First Tee project is featured on page 21. In addition, Weiss is featured as a "Face of Wellness" on page 8.

Petit Awarded $50,000 grant

PetitMoira Petit, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded an Obesity Consortium of Minnesota Pilot & Feasibility Award. The award was for her project titled “Bone and cardiovascular health in obese adolescents following bariatric surgery." The grant is in the amount of $50,000 over a two-year span.

More press for stand up desks project

A recent story on KARE 11 news featured the Stand Up for Learning project, which includes research conducted by Assistant Professor Beth Lewis and Associate Professor Donald Dengel (both from the School of Kinesiology).

Marine Elementary students are stand up learners
KARE-11 (Minn.) Nov. 13, 2008

The Stand Up for Learning project supports placing stand up desks in classrooms. According to project advocates, stand up desks help students stay focused in the classroom, offer improved body ergonomics, expel excess energy, improve handwriting, and allow for better oxygen flow to the brain. The desks are also being studied for increased caloric expenditure over traditional desks, which could help fight rising childhood obesity statistics.

For more information about the Stand Up for Learning project visit their Web site.

October 28, 2008

Popp receives NATA award

Kristy Popp, School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student (adviser, Moira Petit), is the principal investigator on a just-awarded $2,500 National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) survey project award titled "Bone Geometry Strength and Biomechanical Changes."

October 21, 2008

Leitschuh presents in Italy

Carol Leitschuh, Ph.D. research associate in the Department of Kinesiology, was invited to present in September at Italy's Universita Degli Sudi Roma "La Sapienza," Dipartimento di Psicologia (Psychology Department). Carol's presentation was entitled "Movement of Babies Born Premature." In addition, productive meetings were held with graduate faculty and students on the progress of their research on assessing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers using Carol's tool for monitoring movement skill development at these very young ages.

October 13, 2008

Weiss gives Margaret Jo Safrit Lecture

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Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Tucker Center in the School of Kinesiology, gave a research lecture—the Margaret Jo Safrit Lecture in Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on October 3, 2008.

Maureen's lecture, “The Jo Chronicles: Tribute to a Difference Maker in Kinesiology," honored Professor Emerita Margaret Jo Safrit, a pioneer in measurement in kinesiology and who served at UW-Madison for 21 years. Among her many achievements, Dr. Safrit developed the first health-related physical fitness test in the world, served as president of American Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), and received the prestigious Luther Halsey Gulick Award, the highest award bestowed by the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD).

LaVoi on overscheduled children

LaVoiN-2007[1].jpgNicole LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center and education specialist in the School of Kinesiology, will be featured in an article on overscheduled children in the fall volume of Stemwinder, a publication for 3M employees and retirees in the Twin Cities.

October 2, 2008

Stephen Ross quoted in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Stephen Ross, professor of kinesiology, is quoted n the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Through most of September, as the Milwaukee Brewers were looking more like a team heading home for October, the business side of the organization was making plans for a playoff run. “As long as the team is winning, it’s good," said Stephen. “They have all of these designs done ahead of time with the printer. The turnaround time is quick. But if the Brewers go three and out, people are going to be a little less willing to buy them or wear them."

Brewers struck fast on merchandising
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisc.) Sept. 30, 2008

October 1, 2008

Ingraham warns of dangers of mixed martial arts

IngrahamLecturer Stacy Ingraham (School of Kinesiology) warns City Pages readers of the dangers of mixed martial arts, particularly for women.

Reporter's Notebook: Women's Mixed Martial Arts
City Pages (Minn.) Sept. 30, 2008

September 29, 2008

Spletzer wins Eloise M. Jaeger Award

SpletzerElizabeth Spletzer, kinesiology education specialist and coordinator of the PE initial licensure program, was awarded the prestigious Eloise M. Jaeger Award by the University of Minnesota Women's Physical Education Alumnae Association at their annual breakfast September 27.

The award was presented in recognition of Liz's outstanding contributions to the physical education profession through teaching, advising, and supervising students preparing for teaching licensure and advanced degrees in physical education, and honored her "exceptional level of dedication, leadership, and service" to her students and colleagues.

Eloise Jaeger, who passed away in 2007, was a leading advocate for women’s physical education and women’s intercollegiate athletics at the University, and was instrumental in increasing girls’ and women’s participation in sport and physical activity.

Congratulations, Liz!

LaVoi to give talk at Sport Morality Symposium

LaVoiTucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi will be part of the Sport & Morality Symposium at the annual Association of Moral Education conference held in November at the University of Notre Dame.

Her talk is titled "Helping Create a Moral Climate on Youth Sport Sidelines: Reducing Parental Background Anger" and reflects her current work with the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium (MNYSRC) pertaining to youth sport parents.

Stoffregen: Recent publications

StoffregenProfessor Tom Stoffregen (Kinesiology) has had two articles accepted for publication and three recent publications on findings from research supported by his NIH, NSF, and/or European grants.

  • Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., Kim, C., Ito, K., & Bardy, B. G. (2008). Coupling of head and body movement with motion of the audible environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, in press.
  • Faugloire, E., Stoffregen, T. A., & Bardy, B. G. (2008). (De)Stabilization of required and spontaneous postural dynamics with learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, in press.
  • Bonnet, C. T., Faugloire, E. M., Riley, M. A., Bardy, B. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2008). Self-induced motion sickness and body movement during passive restraint. Ecological Psychology, 20, 121-145.
  • Stoffregen, T. A., Faugloire, E., Yoshida, K, Flanagan, M., & Merhi, O. (2008). Motion sickness and postural sway in console video games. Human Factors, 50, 322-331.
  • Villard, S., Flanagan, M. B., Albanese, G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2008). Postural instability and motion sickness in a virtual moving room. Human Factors, 50, 332-345.

Tom published with current and former graduate students Ken Yoshida, Cedric Bonnet, and Omar Merhi, and postdoctoral associates Sebastien Villard, Moira Flanagan, and Elise Faugloire.

Dengel publishes on diet revision in overweight children

DengelDon Dengel, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has published an article on diet revision in overweight children.

Kaufman, C. L., Kaiser, D. R., Kelly, A. S., Dengel, J. L., Steinberger, J., & Dengel, D. R. (2008). Diet revision in overweight children: Effect on autonomic and vascular function. Clinical Autonomic Research, 18, 105-108.

September 16, 2008

Konczak: Recent publications

KonczakProfessor Jürgen Konczak (Kinesiology) has just published two journal articles.

  • "Increased basal-ganglia activation performing a non-dystonia-related task in focal dystonia" was published in European Journal of Neurology, 2008, vol. 15, pp. 831-838. Authors are M.Obermann, O.Yaldizi, A. de Greiff, J. Konczak, M.L. Lachenmayer, F. Tumczak, A.R. Buhl, N. Putzki, J. Vollmer-Haase, E.R. Gizewski, H.C. Diener, and M. Maschke.

  • "Haptic perception of object curvature in Parkinson's Disease" was published in Public Library of Science ONE, 2008. Authors are Jürgen Konczak, Kuan-yi Li, Paul J. Tuite, and Howard Poizner (Kuan-yi Li is a doctoral student of Jürgen's.)


Lavoi: Partnership and presentation

LaVoiNicole Lavoi, associate director of the Tucker Center, has several pieces of good news to report:

  • This fall Nicole and research assistant Chelsey Rodd are writing a position paper in partnership with Team Up for Youth on sports-based youth development for underserved girls. Team Up for Youth is a nonprofit organization that helps create after-school sports opportunities for girls and boys.
  • Today Nicole delivered a keynote titled "Developing Physically Active Girls" to the American Association of University Women-Wisconsin River Falls chapter.
  • Nicole was invited to the annual meeting of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association on October 4 to give a presentation titled "The Psychology of Coaching: Effective Motivational Strategies."

Ross discusses value of naming rights

RossStephen Ross, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently discussed whether naming rights for sporting venues are worth the cost to the brand.

Good Question: Are Naming Rights Worth The Money?
WCCO (Minn.) Sept. 16, 2008

September 15, 2008

Wiese-Bjornstal to edit RQES

WieseDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor of kinesiology, has been selected to be an associate editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES).

RQES is an interdisciplinary publication and the longest standing scholarly journal in in the field of kinesiology (since 1930). Diane will serve a three-year term, 2008-2011, for the psychology section of the journal.

Congratulations Diane!

Weiss to visit several Chinese universities

WeissMaureen Weiss, professor of Kinesiology, will join representative faculty of CIC universities (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) in visiting five universities in China (Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Xian, Shanghai).

The purpose of the trip, October 9-23, is to discover ways to collaborate on undergraduate and graduate programs, research projects, and study abroad opportunities. The delegation includes kinesiology faculty from the University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Penn State University.

Ingraham: Cut the stretching

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Lecturer Stacey Ingraham (Kinesiology) suggests eliminating pre-workout stretching and using the time for more exercising instead.

Get the most out of your workout in the shortest amount of time
Daily Herald (Ill.) Sept. 15, 2008

September 11, 2008

Lewis comments on stand-up classroom

LewisBeth Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, was quoted today in an article on an innovative classroom for elementary students in Marine on St. Croix. Kids in this classroom have "stand-up workstations" where they can stand or sit on high stools. Beth will be studying how many more calories students will burn at their workstations compared to being seated at traditional desks.

Standing up to the task
Star Tribune (Minn.) Sept. 10, 2008

September 4, 2008

Konczak and colleagues chosen for Neuroscience '08

KonczakThe American Society of Neuroscience has chosen a poster presentation by Professor Juergen Konczak (School of Kinesiology), Heidi Vander Velden (M.A., kinesiology, '06), and L. Jaeger to be included in the media materials of their upcoming Annual Conference, November 15-19 in Washington, DC.

The title of the presentation is "Learning to play the violin: Motor control by freezing, not freeing degrees of freedom."

Neuroscience 2008 is the largest neuroscience conference in the world with 25,000 attendees. The conference receives close to 18,000 submissions and chooses about 500 to include in their lay language summary because they are deemed to be of special interest to the public.

August 21, 2008

Dengel publishes with former graduate students

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Don Dengel, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, recently published an article with three of his former graduate students: Andrea Thelen (M.A., 2006), Aaron Kelly (Ph.D., 2004) and Eric Williamson (M.Ed., 2002). The article is based on Andrea's thesis.

Thelen, A.M., Kelly, A.S., Williamson, E.B., and Dengel, D.R. (2008) Examining the time course of endothelium-independent dilation by nitroglycerin. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, Vol. 34, No. 8, pp. 1217-1220.

Wiese-Bjornstal elected to President's Physical Fitness board

WieseDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, was elected to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Science Board for 2009-2012. The board's activities include review and input on the long-standing President's Challenge program as well as many other initiatives related to physical activity and health across the lifespan. The board includes ten scholars who are selected because of their significant contributions to the research and science of physical activity, fitness, health, and sports.

Congratulations Diane!

Lewis discusses machine calorie counters

LewisAssistant Professor Beth Lewis (Kinesiology) was interviewed recently by WCCO's Jason DeRusha on the topic of how many calories are used when exercising on a treadmill or elliptical machine.

Good Question: Do Treadmill Calorie Counts Work?
WCCO (Minn.) August 18, 2008

August 12, 2008

Dengel comments on dangers of fluid loss

DengelD-2005[1].jpgDon Dengel, professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in an August 9 New York Times article covering Olympic boxing. Dengel talks about the dangers of fluid loss as a measure for rapidly losing weight.

Boxer collapses while trying to make weight
New York Times (N.Y.) August 9, 2008

August 5, 2008

Ross quoted in two Olympic articles

RossS-2003[1].jpgStephen Ross, Kinesiology assistant professor, is quoted in the Opinion Exchange section of the August 3 Star Tribune. The article focuses on the viewership of the upcoming Beijing Summer Olympics. Stephen is also quoted in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the new high-tech sporting goods used by Olympic athletes in this year's Games.

The Olympics: A modern spectacle
Star Tribune (Minn.) August 3, 2008

Olympic athletes will put many high-tech devices to test
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wis.) August 3, 2008

July 23, 2008

Lewis quoted in article on e-mail fitness reminders

LewisAssistant professor Beth Lewis (Kinesiology) and her recent study on the effectiveness of telephone exercise coaching are mentioned in this article on e-mail fitness programs.

You've got mail - Now get moving
MSNBC.com (July 22, 2003)

July 22, 2008

Omli and Lavoi: Upcoming publication

LaVoiJens OmliJens Omli, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, and Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., associate director of The Tucker Center, have had their manuscript, "The perfect storm: Background anger in youth sports" accepted for publication in the Journal of Sport Behavior. Expected publication date is early 2009.

June 30, 2008

Smith: Presentation and appointment

SmithThomas Smith, Kinesiology research associate, has been invited to present a paper to the First World Conference on E-Learning, in Las Vegas, Nov 17-21, 2008. His paper is titled "Benchmarking Social Cooperation in Web-Based versus Face-to-Face Learning Environments."

In addition, Smith has been appointed Chair of the Professional Standards and Education (PSE) Standing Committee of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), a committee that accredits ergonomist certifying bodies and provides certification guidelines to graduate-level ergonomics/human factors (E/HF) education programs worldwide.

Congratulations, Thomas!

June 26, 2008

Ingraham: Use stretching time for exercise instead

IngrahamProfessor Stacy Ingraham (Kinesiology) comments in an article on getting the most out of fitness routines.

How to make your workout quick and sweaty
U.S. News & World Report (D.C.) June 25, 2008

June 18, 2008

Students take to scooters to avoid high gas prices

One of our sport management students was quoted in an article on how students are saving on gas by riding scooters.

High gas prices have scooter sales booming
MPR (Minn.) June 7, 2008

June 17, 2008

Kinesiology faculty and students present in Ontario

Kinesiology professors Thomas Stoffregen, Juergen Konczak, and Maureen Weiss gave invited presentations at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 4-8. Several of their graduate students attended as well and presented at poster sessions/symposiums: Nicole Bolter, Jennifer Bhalla, Melissa Price (students of Professor Weiss), Azizah Jor'dan, Ken Yoshida (students of Professor Michael Wade), and Russ Giveans (student of Professor Stoffregen).

Stoffregen and students Jor'dan, Yoshida, and Giveans presented in a symposium proposed and organized by Dr. Michael Wade, who was unable to attend the conference.

June 11, 2008

Kinesiology's Carol Nielsen on Twin Cities Live

Carol Nielsen, executive secretary in Kinesiology, appeared on KSTP's Twin Cities Live yesterday to talk about her experiences as an Explore Minnesota celebrity for the Mainstreets Minnesota promotion. See Carol's interview at this link:

http://www.twincitieslive.com/
(Click on Tuesday, June 10, then the forward button to "Lynn and Carol: Minnesota Mainstreets")

June 5, 2008

Nielsen appearing in Explore Minnesota

Carol Nielsen, executive secretary in Kinesiology, is a film star for Explore Minnesota! Carol and her friend, Lynn Lane, who works in Carlson School of Management, were chosen last fall to star in the promotional campaign "Explore Minnesota -- Mainstreets." You can see Carol and Lynn in a commercial currently on local channels, or you can watch their videos online.

Next Tuesday, July 10, Carol and Lynn will appear on KSTP-TV's Channel 5 Twin Cities Live to talk about their experience making the videos. The show airs from 3 to 4 p.m.

Congratulations, Carol!

June 3, 2008

Kane comments on Title IX

KaneProfessor Mary Jo Kane (Kinesiology) is quoted in a recent article on Title IX.

Examining the progress and problems of Title IX
East Valley Tribune (Ariz.) May 31, 2008

Kane featured in Pioneer Press interview

KaneProfessor Mary Jo Kane (Kinesiology) recently discussed how the media portrays women athletes in a Pioneer Press interview.

Bob Sansevere: Questions with Mary Jo Kane, University of Minnesota professor, on the portrayal of female athletes
Pioneer Press (Minn.) June 3, 2008

May 29, 2008

Kinesiology publications

The University and the School of Kinesiology are well-represented in the most recent issue of the Journal of Sport Management (2008, May) with two articles. "Toward a Grounded Theory of Student-Athlete Suffering and Dealing With Academic Corruption" is authored by kinesiology professor Lisa A. Kihl and her graduate students Tim Richardson and Charles Campisi; the second article, "An Empirical Assessment of Spectator-Based Brand Equity," is authored by kinesiology professors Stephen D. Ross and Keith C. Russell, along with former Ph.D. student Hyejin Jina Bang.

May 28, 2008

Weinberg, Kane to discuss kids' sports involvement

KaneWeinbergRich Weinberg, Distinguished University Teaching Professor of child psychology in the Institute of Child Development and Director, Center for Early Education and Development, and Mary Jo Kane, Professor and Chair, School of Kinesiology, and Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, will be on the "Good Enough Moms" (GEMS) radio show on FM 107, Sunday, June 1. The radio show will feature Weinberg and Kane talking about children's involvement in sport. A story on GEMS, a show that explores the many facets of motherhood in today's world, can be found at UMNNews.

Wiese-Bjornstal comments on injury in girls' sports

WieseDiane Wiese-Bjornstal, professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in an article on the prevalence of injury in girls' organized sports.

Equal (and risky) opportunity
Deleware Online (Del.) April 29, 2008

May 23, 2008

Kane comments on marketing female athletes

KaneMary Jo Kane, professor and chair of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was quoted in an article about Annika Sorenstam and other female athletes in the Greensboro News-Record.

Annika Sorenstam plays with class, grace
Greensboro News-Record (N.C.) May 23, 2008

May 22, 2008

Leitschuh wins U.S. Fulbright

LeitschuhCarol Leitschuh, research associate and lecturer in adapted physical education in the School of Kinesiology, has received a coveted Fulbright Award for 2009. She will be teaching and conducting research in the Czech Republic. According to the Fulbright office, Leitschuh is the first Kinesiology academic in the United States to win the award.

May 14, 2008

Kin doctoral students practice therapeutic horticulture

Jeannie Larson, Ph.D. student in Education-Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies (Kinesiology), was featured in an article in the Star Tribune today on horticulture therapy. Jeannie has been running a therapeutic horticulture program through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that uses plants to "improve the body, lift the spirit, and stimulate the mind." Li-jung Lin is also mentioned in the story and has been working with Jeannie in the program. Li-jung is also a Ph.D. student in Education-RPLS.

Program seeds a path to healing
Star Tribune (Minn.) May 14, 2008

Dengel, alums publish article

DengelProfessor Don Dengel (Kinesiology) has published an article with former students Thomas Olson (Ph.D.) and Jennifer Tracy (M.A.) in the recent issue of Open Sports Medicine Journal on "Validity of a Low-Flow Pneumotach and Portable Metabolic Measurement System." Download article [.pdf].

May 12, 2008

Kane quoted in article on women's sports

KaneMary Jo Kane, professor and chair of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted as an expert in women's sports in a recent New York Times article.

The uneven playing field
New York Times (N.Y.) May 11, 2008

Leitschuh publishes poetry

Carol Leitschuh, Kinesiology lecturer and research associate, can count published poet among her community engagement activities. In April, Carol's book Harmony with God, Choral Prayer and Preparation was published by Liturgical Press at St John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Each poem is complemented by an original choral refrain composed by Dr. Lynn Trapp. The refrain is vocal pedagogy and spiritual enhancement for all involved: directors, singers, and instrumentalist.

This month, Carol's prayer Spirit of Unity is the text used in a commissioned musical arrangement for drums and organ. On May 10, Dr. Kathy Romey in the School of Music conducted a 250-person choir at St. Olaf Church in the world premier of Spirit in Unity set in the Voices of Africa concert with the Minnesota Chorale along with the choirs of St.Olaf, Central Lutheran, St. Peter Claver, and the Twin Cities African choirs.

May 8, 2008

Reiff receives UROP grant

Chris Reiff from the School of Kinesiology's Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP) has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to support his research project titled "Differences in Caloric Expenditure in Standing versus Sitting Desks."

Congratulations, Chris!

May 7, 2008

Bendickson discusses self defense strategies

Anita Bendickson, a long-time self-defense instructor in the University's Physical Activity Program, has recently been featured in a number of WCCO News stories. These stories detail important information on defending against attackers.

Police: Woman jumps out window fleeing from rapist
WCCO News (Minn.) May 5, 2008

Self-defense online tutorial
WCCO News (Minn.) May 5, 2008

Groping Don Shelby and YouTube (Esme Murphy's blog)
WCCO News (Minn.) May 5, 2008

Self-defense expert demonstrates the basics
WCCO News (Minn.) May 6, 2008

Six UROP students for APAL

In 2007-08, six undergraduate research assistants have received awards from the University to support their research in the School of Kinesiology's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL). These competitive awards, from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), have been made to Elizabeth deSanto, Mallory Dzubay, Kyle Elm, Zoe Fung, Christie Pelzer, and Alison Smith.

Please join us in congratulating the APAL and these exceptional undergrads!

May 5, 2008

Kin doctoral student wins Bush Leadership Fellowship

Frank Moe, Kinesiology Ph.D. student and Minnesota state legislator from Bemidji, has been awarded a 2008 Bush Leadership Fellowship. Frank is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education-Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies and is advised by Professor Keith Russell.

The fellowships, presented by the Bush Foundation, support full-time academic or self-designed study in a wide range of fields including educational policy and leadership, immigrant business development, public health, ecological education and improvement, and Native American culture and language preservation. Bush Fellows include women and men in such fields as public service, education, government, health, business, engineering, architecture, science, farming, forestry, law, trade unions, law enforcement, journalism, and social work.

Congratulations Frank!

Kinesiology students win dissertation fellowships

Two Ph.D. candidates in the School of Kinesiology, Drew Bailey and Jung Hyun Kim, have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for 2008-09 from the Graduate School. These competitive, prestigious, all-University fellowships are designed to support outstanding Ph.D. candidates in devoting full time to their dissertation writing and research. They carry a nine-month stipend of $22,000 plus tuition for thesis credits and/or required seminars during the academic year.

Drew Bailey, student in Education-Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies, emphasis Outdoor Education/Recreation, is advised by Associate Professor Keith Russell. His research topic, Cultivating Wisdom through a Service-Learning Experience, explores how alternative types of education may contribute to the development of wisdom in young people. In his fellowship application, Drew writes, "If the future is plagued with conflict, the instability is not something that exists 'out there somewhere' but a current that flows from inside individuals. To ensure both individual and social well-being, it may be necessary to not only teach students to recall facts and to think critically, but to think wisely as well."

Jung Hyun (Kenny) Kim is a Kinesiology student whose emphasis area is Exercise Physiology. He is advised by Professor Arthur Leon and Professor Victor Koscheyev. His research topic is Regulation of an Energy-Efficient Physiologically Designed Cooling Garment through a Finger Calorimeter Feedback System for Thermal Comfort During Extravehicular Activity (EVA). He is investigating optimal cooling regimes imposed by a cooling garment with participants at different modes and intensities of work as an analog for astronaut thermal comfort under different levels of exertion during EVA. A second aim of his study is to develop a physiological model of a finger calorimeter feedback system as an indicator of human thermal status while working in a protective garment. Kenny writes, "This research will . . . help to better understand human thermoregulatory responses and provide physiological principles for designing a cooling garment."

May 1, 2008

Warpeha in MN Daily

Doctoral student Joe Warpeha (Kinesiology) was quoted in a Minnesota Daily article on the University of Minnesota Police Department's Biggest Losers weight loss contest. The Kinesiology department's Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science was also feature.

Minneapolis and campus police seek to shed pounds and gain a new image
Minnesota Daily (Minn.) May 1, 2008

April 28, 2008

Wade keynotes in Kuwait

Michael Wade, Kinesiology professor, was invited to give the keynote address at the First International Conference on Physical Education, Sport, and Health in Kuwait City, Kuwait, April 1-3. This was an inaugural event for the State of Kuwait. The conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Kuwait Public Authority. Kinesiology Ph.D. graduates Husain Al-Makaimi, Salman Mohammed, and Mubarak Redah were involved in the conference organization and all three hold faculty appointments at the College of Education in Kuwait. Michael also participated in the local TV program "Good Morning, Kuwait."

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April 24, 2008

LaVoi to appear on WCCO

LaVoiN-2007[2].jpgOn Sunday, April 27, at 10:00 p.m. Tucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi will be featured on WCCO TV talking about the Parents And Coaches Together (PACT) sport education program she helped co-develop for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association.

UPDATE: View the story and video at http://wcco.com/specialreports/parents.coaching.behave.2.709792.html.

April 23, 2008

Omli receives NIMH traineeship

Jens OmliJens Omli, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, has been offered a two-year NIMH traineeship at the Institute of Child Development. He will be working with Professors Dante Cicchetti and Nicki Crick to acquire new research skills, including measurement of HPA-axis functioning, which will allow him to investigate the influence of angry parent behavior on emotional outcomes in youth sport participants.

Congratulations, Jens!

April 22, 2008

Leitschuh named Fullbright alternate

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Carol Leitschuh, Kinesiology research associate and lecturer, was named Fulbright Scholar Alternate for 2008-09. Further awards for Carol's proposal are contingent on agency resolution of financial disparities between the dollar and the euro. If funded Carol will work in the Czech Republic lecturing at Palacky University in Olomouc and conducting pilot research on motor development for infants and toddlers living in orphanages.

April 14, 2008

Lavoi on MPR

LaVoiN-2007[1].jpgNicole LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was featured on this morning's news segment on Minnesota Public Radio. She discussed the newly released 2007 Tucker Center Research Report: Developing Physically Active Girls.

April 11, 2008

Kinesiology graduate students win poster prize

Kristen Pickett and Kuan-yi Li, Ph.D. candidates in Kinesiology, and their adviser, Juergen Konczak, won a Cognitive Science Spring Research Poster Prize at the Center of Cognitive Science's Research Day held
April 3 at the Metrodome Holiday Inn. The title of their poster is "A New Method for the Measurement of Passive Limb Motion Sensitivity."

April 10, 2008

Lewis presents at SBM annual meeting

LewisB-2007[1].jpgBeth Lewis, assistant professor in Kinesiology, presented at and chaired the symposium titled "Innovative methods for examining mediators in randomized controlled intervention trials" at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), San Diego, CA, in March 2008.

April 8, 2008

Wade to take part in time panel

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Professor Michael G. Wade (Kinesiology) will join an interdisciplinary conversation titled "Time and Embodied Cognition" along with scholars Ursina Teuscher (Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego), Even Selinger (Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology), Wade Savage (Philosophy, University of Minnesota), and moderator Arun Saldanha (Geography, University of Minnesota). The panel is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the University's Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the Office of the Vice President for Research as part of the University Symposium on Time. The free conversation is part of IAS's "Symposium on Time" and will take place on Friday, April 25, in room 125 Nolte Library.

April 7, 2008

Leitschuh to keynote conference on movement

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On Thursday, April 10, Research Associate Carol Leitschuh (Kiniesiology) will be the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Conference Together We Will Create Motor and Movement Experiences for Young Children held in Connecticut. Her keynote presentation title is “Children's Movement: The So Essential Contributor to Positive Development!! (Yes, even the brain!)?. This presentation will address the importance of movement and how we as a nation have veered away from that focus. Carol will also be doing a workshop titled, “Development and Validation of Functional Movement for Young Children.?

April 4, 2008

Warpeha: Press, publications, and presentations

Joe Warpeha, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, has been quoted in the March 2008 issue of Men's Health magazine and the April 2008 issue of Vogue magazine regarding exercise and special training methods.

Joe has also just completed a two-year term as a columnist for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Performance Training Journal and has published more than 20 articles in the journal since 2004. Joe will be presenting at the Northland chapter meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Midwest regional meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the annual meeting of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) this spring.

Congratulations, Joe!

Lewis awarded subcontract for PAD project

LewisB-2007.jpgBeth Lewis, assistant professor of kinesiology, has been awarded a three-year $232,577 subcontract for her role as a co-investigator on an NIH-funded multisite trial examining the efficacy of stent vs. exercise for treating peripheral artery disease (PAD) titled "Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal Revascularization (CLEVER)." Beth will be responsible for delivering the telephone-based exercise maintenance interventions to participants across all of sites in the study.

April 2, 2008

Tune in: Kinesiology students on KARE-11

Kinesiology graduate students Joe Warpeha (Ph.D.) and Adam Frye (M.A.) in the exercise physiology emphasis will be featured in a story on KARE-11 tonight on the Minneapolis Police Department and their Biggest Loser contest. One hundred police officers will visit the School's Laboratory of Physical Hygiene and Exercise Science to get their body fat assessed at the beginning of the contest and at three months. The lab is using the underwater tank for body fat testing. Adam was videotaped performing the procedure as Joe was interviewed. Tune in tonight--the story will be aired at either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.

March 26, 2008

Kane featured in NCAA News article

KaneMJ-0000[1].jpgMary Jo Kane, Kinesiology chair and director of the Tucker Center, is featured in an NCAA News Web site article, "Forum Studies Women in Sports". The article highlights Kane's research in her session titled "Portrayal of Female Athletes in the Media," to be given at the upcoming Women in College Sports Forum, April 6, in Tampa, Florida.

March 20, 2008

Russell in Parks & Recreation

RussellK-2005[1].jpgKeith Russell, associate professor of kinesiology, was featured in the February issue of Parks & Recreation for his work with the Wise Kids program, an out-of-school pilot program designed to help kids make wise nutrition and activity choices. Wise Kids is funded by the Säjai Foundation and Keith has been heading the team that is assessing the program's impact.

Kinesiology students to present at ACSM meeting

Two Ph.D. students in the School of Kinesiology have had posters accepted for presentation at the American College of Sport Medicine's Annual Meeting on May 29 in Indianapolis. Danielle Templeton's poster is titled "Bone Mineral Content in Overweight and Normal Weight Children." Michael Nelson's poster is titled "Reliability of Heart Rate Variability by Sample Entropy at Rest and During Light Exercise in Children." Both students are advisees of Associate Professor Don Dengel.

March 14, 2008

Ingraham: 'Runners don't need to stretch'

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Kinesiology lecturer Stacy Ingraham offers comment in the debate on whether athletes should stretch.

To Stretch or Not to Stretch? The Answer Is Elastic
New York Times (N.Y.) March 13, 2008

No One Knows Value of Stretch

The Ledger (Fla.) March 18, 2008

March 5, 2008

Ingraham discusses plagiarism in MN Daily

IngrahamS-0000[1].jpgKinesiology lecturer Stacy Ingraham was featured extensively in yesterday's Minnesota Daily in an article about plagiarism.

Policing plagiarism in a digital age
Minnesota Daily (Minn.) March 3, 2008

February 22, 2008

Leon to present at ASU conference

LeonA-2005[2].jpgKinesiology professor Art Leon will be an invited presenter at Arizona State University's 3rd Annual Conference, "Building Healthy Lifestyles," Feb 28 to March 1. His two presentation topics are "Relationship of Physical Activity and Physical Fitness to Risk of Coronary Heart Disease" and "Contributions of Blood Lipids and Dietary Habits to Risk of Coronary Heart Disease."

February 20, 2008

Leon receives high score on NIH grant proposal

LeonA-2005[1].jpgProfessor Arthur Leon (Kinesiology) received some excellent news this week regarding his grant proposal with NIH, which received a score of 1.3 from the NIH peer review, assuring funding when the council meets in May. The grant is for expansion of his research on the role of exercise (arm cycling vs. walking) on improving walking capability in patients with peripheral artery disease.

The grant request is for $3.5 million total cost for 5 years beginning this July. Professor Diane Treat- Jacobson of the School of Nursing is the PI, Art is the Co-PI, and Ulf Bronas, who received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology last fall, is the Project Coordinator. The group is currently in the fourth year of an AHA pilot project, which is the basis for the NIH proposal.

Congratulations, Art!

February 14, 2008

Brownlee to speak at NASSM conference

BrownleeE-2007-Pref[1].jpgEric Brownlee, teaching specialist in the School of Kinesiology, recently had his study "The Effectiveness of Sponsoring Women's Collegiate Sport" accepted for presentation at the 2008 North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) conference in Toronto, Canada.

Congratulations Eric!

February 6, 2008

Russell to present on wilderness therapy

RussellK-2005[1].jpgKeith Russell, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, has been invited by the National Institute of Drug Abuse/NIH to present with other leading researchers at a special meeting examining the role that outdoor recreation experiences and physical activity play in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse in youth. The meeting will be held April 22 and 23 in Rockville, Maryland, and presenters will have the opportunity to submit an RFP for research in this area. Keith is recognized nationally and internationally as a foremost researcher in the area of wilderness treatment programs.

January 30, 2008

Lavoi to appear on FoxSports North

LaVoiN-2007[1].jpgLook for Tucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi Saturday, February 9, on the FoxSports North broadcast of Hockey Day Minnesota, where she will discuss results of the Tucker Center's research on what motivates fans to attend men's and women's intercollegiate hockey.

January 25, 2008

Video features Stoffregen and students

StoffregenT-2007[1].jpgProfessor Tom Stoffregen, doctoral students Russ Giveans and Ken Yoshida, and postdoctoral student Sebastien Villard (all in the School of Kinesiology) were featured in a story and video by Ivanhoe Broadcast News on why some people experience motion sickness while others don't.

See the story and video.

Dengel: Recent publication

DengelD-2005[1].jpgDon Dengel, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published an article.

The article is titled "Endothelial Function in Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia" and appears in the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. Don is the lead author. Co-authors are Kirsten K. Ness, Ph.D., Stephen P. Glasser, M.D., Eric B. Williamson, M.Ed., K. Scott Baker, M.D., M.S., and James G. Gurney, Ph.D. (Eric Williamson is a 2002 graduate of the School's M.Ed. program in applied kinesiology.) Contact Don at denge001@umn.edu to obtain more information or a PDF of the article.

January 15, 2008

Theede is NASPE's Student of the Year

Kiley Theede, M.Ed./initial licensure student in applied kinesiology, has been selected 2008 Student of the Year by NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education). Kiley has an impressive academic record and exceptional volunteer experiences. She is a mentor at Bethune Elementary in Minneapolis and serves as an Amicus volunteer. She has volunteered for Toys for Tots, ARC of Minnesota, the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, and Hearing and Service Dogs. She attended the Global Peace and Security Summit in Minneapolis last fall and will be attending the National Convention for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance this April in Fort Worth, Texas. Elizabeth Spletzer is her adviser.

Congratulations, Kiley!

January 14, 2008

Omli featured in UMNnews

Jens Omli.jpgA recent Connect! article on kinesiology doctoral candidate Jens Omli is being featured in UMNnews and on the front page of the University's Web site.

A sporting chance
UMNnews (Minn.) Jan. 11, 2008

January 11, 2008

Russell to present at APA convention, publish chapter

RussellK-2005[1].jpgKeith Russell, associate professor of kinesiology, will present a symposium at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Boston in August 2008. He and Dr. Lee Gillis, a psychologist from Georgia College and State University, were chosen to present "Group-Based Adolescent Treatment: Service Delivery and Effectiveness, and Emerging Treatment Alternatives."

Keith also has a chapter in a forthcoming book, Approaches to Substance Abuse and Addiction in Education Communities: A Guide to Practices that Support Recovery in Adolescents and Young Adults, edited by Jeffrey D. Roth, M.D., and Andrew J. Finch, Ph.D. The book chapter is titled "Scope of the Problem--Adolescent Substance Use."

January 4, 2008

Allison / Foundation IX featured again in MN Women's Press

AllisonR-2007[1].jpgRayla Allison, kinesiology lecturer, was quoted in the latest edition of the Minnesota Women's Press in an article on Foundation IX, a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating cost as a barrier to girls' participation in sports and fitness activities.

Play it forward
Minnesota Women's Press (Minn.) Jan. 4, 2008

December 18, 2007

Lewis: Recent publication

LewisB-2007[1].jpgAssistant Professor Beth Lewis (Kinesiology) recently published a commentary.

Lewis, B.A. (2007). Should the Internet be used to promote healthy living? The Lancet, 370, 1891-1892.

APAL featured online

StoffregenT-2007[1].jpgResearch on motion sickness from the School of Kinesiology's Tom Stoffregen's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) is featured in an article on the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Web site, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The video clip in the article is one of only five currently listed, and one of only 32 in the history of the HFES program. Read the article here: http://www.aip.org/dbis/HFES/stories/17051.html.

December 13, 2007

MYSRC researchers publish several articles

Kinesiology faculty members Nicole LaVoi and Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and doctoral candidate Jens Omli of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium (MYSRC), housed in the School of Kinesiology, have had three recent articles addressing the behavior of youth sport parents and coaches accepted for publication.

  • Omli, J., LaVoi, N.M., Wiese-Bjornstal, D. (in press). Towards an understanding of parent spectator behavior at youth sport events. Journal of Youth Sports.
  • LaVoi, N.M., Omli, J., Wiese-Bjornstal, D. (in press). Minnesota PLAYS (Parents Learning About Youth Sports): A research-based parent education solution. Journal of Youth Sports.
  • LaVoi, N.M. (2007) Expanding the interpersonal dimension: Closeness in the coach-athlete relationship. International Journal of Sport Science & Coaching, 2(4), 497-512.

December 10, 2007

Burns wins AHA fellowship

Kevin Burns, a kinesiology doctoral student advised by Professor Don Dengel, has been awarded an American Heart Association (AHA) Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award for his project "Chronic Effects of Right Ventricular Pacing on Left Ventricular Torsion."

Only 26 percent of applications for this prestigious award receive funding. Kevin's percentile ranking was 4.3 percent, which is exceptionally high for this award. Kevin is the fourth student from the School of Kinesiology to receive the AHA award, joining Aaron Kelly (Ph.D., 2004), Tom Olson (Ph.D., 2005), and Ulf Bronas (Ph.D., 2007). Professor Dengel says, "This exceptional accomplishment speaks to the quality of our students, the research they are conducting, and the education that they are receiving."

December 6, 2007

Weiss named chair of PCPFS Science Board

WeissM-2007.jpgMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology, was named Chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) Science Board for 2008. The board’s activities include review and input on the long-standing President’s Challenge program as well as many other initiatives related to physical activity and health across the lifespan. The board includes ten scholars from across the nation who were selected due to their significant contributions to the research and science of physical activity, fitness, health, and sports.

November 26, 2007

Allison presents, interviews

Rayla Allison.jpgRayla Allison, J.D., lecturer and CEO of the newly formed Sport Business Institute, has been making the School of Kinesiology proud this month. She was inducted into the Honor Wall of Fame honoring Distinguished Alumni at the University of Texas at Arlington on November 6. She was a guest speaker for the Horizon 100 organization at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club on November 14, on a legal review of the implementation of Title IX in athletic settings. Rayla was also interviewed by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for an article on the Sport Business Institute published November 16.

November 16, 2007

UROP grants for Kinesiology students

Mallory Dzubay, a kinesiology senior, has been awarded a UROP grant to support her research in Professor Tom Stoffregen's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL).

Emily Schroeder and Allison Klumpp, undergraduate students in the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory directed by Professor Jürgen Konczak, have also both won UROP awards.

Congratulations to all three of these motivated students!

November 13, 2007

Fusaro: 'the sensei's sensei'

Bob Fusaro, a karate instructor in the School of Kinesiology, was recently featured in a Southwest Journal article. Fellow instructor Anita Bendickson (self-defense) was quoted in the article as well.

"The sensei's sensei"
Southwest Journal (Minn.) July 30, 2007

Article discusses student self-defense

Anita Bendickson and Mary Brandl, two self-defense instructors in the School of Kinesiology, were mentioned in a recent Minnesota Daily article on self-defense courses for University students.

"Self-defense classes focus on students strengths"
Minnesota Daily (Minn.) November 5, 2007

November 12, 2007

Wiese-Bjornstal comments on FCA

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Associate Professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal in the School of Kinesiology was quoted in an October 20 Star Tribune article on high school chapters of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA), an organization promoting a faith-based approach to athletic competition.

"Fellowship off the field"
Star Tribune (Minn.) October 20, 2007

Kihl presents in Iceland

KihlL-2004.jpgLisa Kihl, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, presented her paper titled "A Theory of Sport Organizational Stakeholder’s Suffering and Dealing with Corruption" at the Play the Game 2007 International Conference, "Creating Coalitions for Good Governance in Sport." This year's conference was held October 28 through November 2 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

November 7, 2007

Weiss presents in Florida, receives grant renewal

WeissM-2007.jpgMaureen Weiss, professor of kinesiology, gave a keynote presentation at the 10th anniversary meeting of The First Tee on November 3 in Jacksonville, Florida. In her presentation, titled, "More than a game: Impact of The First Tee life skills programs on positive youth development," Maureen shared results from three years of longitudinal data documenting the effectiveness of this youth development program on life skills learning and developmental outcomes. In addition, Maureen's grant for this research was renewed by Philip Morris Youth Smoking Prevention Programs for next year, bringing her four-year grant total to over half a million dollars.

November 5, 2007

Ross receives article of the year award

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This past weekend kinesiology assistant professor Stephen Ross was presented with the Sport Marketing Quarterly Article of the Year Award in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is the highest academic honor that is awarded by the Sport Marketing Association. The title of his article is “Segmenting sport fans using brand associations: A cluster analysis." Congratulations, Stephen!

Tune in: Ross on KARE 11

StephenRoss.jpgAssistant Professor Stephen Ross (Kinesiology) was interviewed by Allen Costantini of KARE 11 News today regarding the sudden popularity of Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson. The news story is expected to run at 6 p.m. today on KARE 11 News.

Dengel and Segal receive grant

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Associate Professor Don Dengel (Kinesiology) and co-investigator Barbara Segal, associate professor in the Medical School, received a grant award from the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota for their pilot study, “Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Function in SLE." Congratulations!

November 2, 2007

Popelka quoted in Verde

Joe Popelka, School of Kinesiology master's student in outdoor education and recreation under adviser and associate professor Keith Russell, is quoted in Verde magazine on October 24 in an article titled "Into the Wild". The article describes one father's decision to send his son into a wilderness therapy program designed to address teenage behavioral problems.

October 31, 2007

Dengel: Recent publications

DengelD-2005.jpgAssociate Professor Don Dengel (kinesiology) recently published the following articles.

  • Dengel, D.R., Brown, M.D., Ferrell, R.E., Reynolds, T.H., & Supiano, M.A. (2007). Renal hemodynamic and blood pressure responses to dietary sodium are associated with the t-786c endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene. Physiological Research 56:393-401.
  • Ness, K.K., Baker, K.S., Dengel, D.R., Youngren, N., Sibley, S., Mertens, A.C., Y& Gurney, J.G. (2007). Body composition, muscle strength deficits, and mobility limitations in adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 49:975-981.
  • Borer, K.T., Fogleman, K., Gross, M.M., La New, J.M., Dengel, D.R. (2007). Walking intensity for postmenopausal bone mineral preservation and accrual. Bone 41:713-721.
  • Huck, C.J., Bronas, U.G., Williamson, E.B., Draheim, C.C., Duprez, D.A., Dengel, D.R. (2007). Noninvasive measurements of arterial stiffness: Repeatability and interrelationships with endothelial function and arterial morphology measures. Journal of Vascular Health 3(3):343-349, 2007.
  • Olson, T.P., Dengel, D.R., Leon, A.S., Schmitz, K.H. (2007). Changes in inflammatory biomarkers following one-year of moderate resistance training in overweight women. International Journal of Obesity 31:996-1003.
  • Kaufman, C.L., Kaiser, D.R., Steinberger, J., Dengel, D.R. (2007). Relationships between heart rate variability, vascular function, and adiposity in children. Clinical Autonomic Research 17(3):165-171.
  • Dengel, D.R., Kelly, A.S., Steinberger, J., Sinaiko, A.R. (2007). Effect of oral glucose loading on endothelial function in normal and overweight children. Clinical Science 112(9):493-498.

Konczak presents in Germany

KonczakJ-2003.jpgProfessor Jürgen Konczak (kinesiology) gave an invited lecture at the Neuropsychologisches Kolloquium at the University Medical Center of the Universität Tübingen in Germany on October 15.

Bronas and colleagues to present at AHA Scientific Sessions

Dr. Ulf Bronas, a recent kinesiology graduate, will present at the 2007 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida, November 3 to 7. His presentation, based on data from his Ph.D. dissertation, is titled "Contribution of Improved Cardiorespiratory Functions to Increased Pain-free and Maximal Walking Distance in PAD Patients with Claudication following Arm Ergometer or Treadmill Exercise Training." Co-authors are Professor Arthur S. Leon (kinesiology) and Diane Treat-Jacobson (nursing). This is the third consecutive year that this University group has had a presentation from this study presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions, the largest scientific meeting worldwide with about 40,000 attendants and about 4,000 presentations.

October 29, 2007

Konczak wins foreign language education grant

KonczakJ-2003.jpgProfessor Jürgen Konczak (kinesiology) has collaborated in writing a grant to promote foreign language education in Minnesota schools with the Twin Cities German Immersion School (TCGIS) becoming a model for other programs in the state. Jürgen has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Education that his grant will be funded for $100,000 until 2009. Congratulations to Professor Konczak and the school, College, and community!

October 23, 2007

Kane quoted in NCAA article

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Mary Jo Kane, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, is quoted extensively in the October 8, 2007, NCAA News article "Scholarly colloquium attracts research focus." Kane will be presenting at the inaugural Scholarly Colloquiums on College Sports (January 10-11) in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in Nashville. The Colloquiums seek to offer scholars the opportunity to further inform the reform movement in intercollegiate athletics and stimulate research to elevate faculty involvement with college sports.

Kane one of 100 Most Influential Sports Educators

KaneMJ-2005.jpgThe Institute for International Sport has named Professor Mary Jo Kane (kinesiology) one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators. As the Institute notes, the list honors "individuals who, through their work as enlightened sports educators, have already made a lasting impact on the lives of young athletes, and who are providing a blueprint to other sports educators to do likewise." You can view the full list at http://www.internationalsport.com/top100Press.cfm.

October 19, 2007

Sport Business Institute formed

Rayla Allison.jpgThe University announced today the formation of the Sports Business Institute housed in the School of Kinesiology.

The Sport Business Institute’s mission is to provide clients in the sport industry with business consulting and research services overseen by Kinesiology sport management faculty, while allowing sport management students to apply current sport management theory and practices and to conduct research in the context of real-world experiences. The Sport Business Institute is the vision of Lecturer Rayla Allison, J.D., the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute. Professor Mary Jo Kane, director of the School of Kinesiology, says “We are proud to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking initiative."

October 17, 2007

Awards for three kinesiology students

Kiley Theede, Jennifer Childers, and Lisa Hetchler, students in the School of Kinesiology, have each won a Women's Physical Education Alumnae Association Award for their high level of scholarship and potential toward their applied kinesiology M.Ed. degrees in the initial teacher licensure program in K-12 physical education. Congratulations!