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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 8, 2011

Stoffregen and visiting scholar Hyun-Chae Chung to publish


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.

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


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.

April 27, 2011

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 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.

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.

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."

November 5, 2010

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).

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.

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.