August 2, 2011
July 28, 2011
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 22, 2011
Stacy 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.
Lesley 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 14, 2011
Arthur 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.
June 30, 2011
Kinesiology 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 8, 2011
Dr. 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."
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.
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.
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
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:
Greg does testing in the School's Human and Sport Performance Laboratory under the guidance of lab director Dr. Stacy Ingraham.
May 18, 2011
Dr. 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:
Dr. Ingraham interviewed on high intensity training:
May 6, 2011
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
April 27, 2011
"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.
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!
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.
April 20, 2011
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
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.
March 31, 2011
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.
March 2, 2011
February 23, 2011
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
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.
Stacy 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:
See the broadcast video:
January 14, 2011
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.
January 13, 2011
December 23, 2010
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.
December 13, 2010
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.
November 22, 2010
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.
November 15, 2010
Prof. 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.
November 9, 2010
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
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.
November 3, 2010
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.
October 20, 2010
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.
October 12, 2010
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.
September 20, 2010
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.
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.
September 17, 2010
Chris 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.
Dr. 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."
September 15, 2010
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."
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
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 (email@example.com) by Sept 17.
August 27, 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. | Permalink | Comments (0)
June 1, 2010
Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal (right) and Dr. 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
Don 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.
Professor 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.
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, 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!
April 16, 2010
Don 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.
April 15, 2010
Dr. 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.
April 2, 2010
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
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.
March 18, 2010
Like 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
Stacy 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."
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.
February 17, 2010
The 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.
Dr. 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 15, 2010
Daheia 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.
January 20, 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 12, 2010
Dr. 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."
December 29, 2009
Daheia 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
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 16, 2009
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
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!
December 10, 2009
38 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 2, 2009
The 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/.
November 10, 2009
Dr. 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 5, 2009
Dr. 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
October 19, 2009
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.
You can also view the entire issue of Connect.
October 1, 2009
Dr. 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
Dr. 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.
September 18, 2009
George 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 9, 2009
The 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.
September 8, 2009
Art 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.
Daheia 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 3, 2009
Stacy 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.
Don 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.
July 22, 2009
Stacy 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
Arthur 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.
July 14, 2009
A 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.
July 9, 2009
Stacy 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.
Art 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 6, 2009
June 16, 2009
Daheia 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.
Daheia 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
Arthur 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."
May 18, 2009
May 7, 2009
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.
May 6, 2009
Don 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
Dr. 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.
April 29, 2009
Daheia 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.
April 27, 2009
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]
March 5, 2009
Daheia 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 23, 2009
Don 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.
January 30, 2009
Daheia 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.
November 25, 2008
Don 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 17, 2008
Moira 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.
September 29, 2008
Don 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.
August 21, 2008
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.
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