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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:

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."

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

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.

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

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.

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 24, 2011

Tucker Table Student Showcase videos online

If you missed the last Tucker Table on May 6, 2011, check out videos from Vicki Schull, Katie Wurst, Alyssa Norris, and John Lisec on our YouTube channel. Click here to view the videos.

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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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.

April 28, 2011

Tucker Center colleagues to publish in Health Education Research

Tucker Center visiting scholar Maria Miñano Camacho, professor at the University of Madrid, Spain, Tucker Center associate director Nicole LaVoi, and assistant professor of Kinesiology 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.

April 15, 2011

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 1, 2011

LaVoi & Leberman collaborate in article on working mother-coaches

Nicole LaVoiSarah LebermanSarah Leberman, Massey University, New Zealand, and Dr. Nicole LaVoi, lecturer in Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, have an article in press in the Journal of Sport Management titled, "Juggling Balls and Roles, Working Mother-Coaches in Youth Sport: Beyond the Dualistic Worker-Mother Identity."

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

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 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 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 7, 2011

Celebrate International Women's Day-and the Launch of CAAWS' Women and Leadership NETWORK

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is launching the Women and Leadership NETWORK on March 8, 2011- International Women's Day. The Network is for women leaders in sport and physical activity across Canada - administrators, volunteers, coaches, and officials. All women are invited to join. The Network has been designed as the go-to place where members can connect, build their skills, share ideas, discuss issues, find solutions and take action.

We are asking you to encourage at least one organization to post a CAAWS Women and Leadership NETWORK button on their website. The button will help demonstrate support of women and leadership, and connect women to the Network, a professional development resource that is free.

The NETWORK Button and other promotion items that you can use are available in English and French.

CAAWS invites all organizations (sport, physical activity, educational, community, government, health and well-being) to use the information provided at the above link to encourage women leaders, and future leaders, to become NETWORK members so that they can connect, build their skills, share ideas, discuss issues, find solutions and take action! If you have a question about the NETWORK, email here or call CAAWS at 613-562-5667.

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."

February 16, 2011

Tucker Center and USA Rugby Partner for Coach Education

The Tucker Center is pleased to welcome and partner with USA Rugby to offer a national level coach education workshop at the University of Minnesota on March 5-6, 2011. The sport of rugby is played in over 120 countries by over 10 million athletes, is currently classified as an NCAA emerging sport for women, and was recently inducted as an Olympic sport. The purpose of this course is to educate coaches and highlight female members of the USA Rugby coach education staff. The Tucker Center is pleased to play a role in this event as it actively encourages females to consider serving as educators to help others improve their coaching practice. Further information regarding USA Rugby's coach development program is available at www.usarugby.org. For further details contact Katie Wurst.

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."

February 1, 2011

SOLD OUT: Tucker Center Film Festival - Feb 1, 2011

TCFF Logo.JPGTickets for the film festival are sold out, however we will release additional tickets at the door ($10) if tickets become available.

The Tucker Center is pleased to announce its first annual Film Festival, taking place on February 1, 2011 at 7:00-9:00pm, in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium.The event, presented by the University of Minnesota Athletic Department, kicks off the 25th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) and will feature the Minnesota sneak preview of Sony's The Mighty Macs.

Set against the backdrop of the 1972 feminist movement, The Mighty Macs tells the inspiring true story of Immaculata College's women's basketball team and their road to winning the first national championship in women's college basketball.

Directions and Parking Info for TCF Bank Stadium are available here.

Please park in the Maroon or Gopher parking lots, they are the closest to the event entrance. You will need to pay for parking ($3.75) upon leaving.

Please enter the "Event Entrance" under Benton, next to Goldy's Locker Room store.

Doors open at 6:15pm

For more information, check out the Tucker Center Film Festival website.

January 28, 2011

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 13, 2011

Parent Perceptions of Youth Sport and Family Time

The Tucker Center's Associate Director Nicole LaVoi and Research Assistant Alyssa Norris have released a cutting-edge report on parent perception of how much youth sport interferes with family time. Youth sports can provide a positive, meaningful context for youth development and family engagement. However, little is known about parents' perceptions of how youth sport interferes with family functioning. The data in this report aims to fill that gap. To read the report click here.

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

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 10, 2010

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 9, 2010

Tucker Center Participates in NWLC Blog Rally

Our Associate Director and graduate students from the Tucker Center answered the question "What did you win by playing sports?" for the National Women's Law Center's Blog to Rally for Girls' Sports Day to show support for equal opportunities for girls in school and community sport programs. Check out responses from Chelsey, Katie, Maya, Dr. LaVoi, Austin and Ness on the Tucker Center blog.

December 6, 2010

espnW goes live!

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The espnW website is up and running! espnW's mission is to serve, inform, and inspire female athletes and fans. It provides a platform to engage both the fan and sports participants in ways beyond television: digital, mobile, and social media. Mary Jo Kane, professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is on espnW's advisory panel.

espnW will be covering men's and women's sports for the female sports fan: WNBA and NBA, NFL and NCAA, and more.

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

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

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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.

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.

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 19, 2010

Tucker Center Film Festival Date Set

The first-ever Tucker Center Film Festival, presented with U of M Athletics, will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in conjunction with the the 25th Annual National Girls & Women in Sport Day. More details regarding the event to come soon!

For additional information regarding the festival or to submit a film, please contact Austin Stair Calhoun.

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.

October 1, 2010

Daily Beast posting features LaVoi comments

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in The Daily Beast blog post, "Female Jocks Rule the World." LaVoi cites the Tucker Center's 2007 Tucker Center Research Report stating, "We haven't closed the gender gap."

September 29, 2010

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 17, 2010

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

Barr-Anderson is named a 2010 BIRCWH scholar

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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 2, 2010

The Tucker Center's State Fair Pictures

The Tucker Center staffed a booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday afternoon. Check out pictures from the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" here.

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:

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 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 15, 2010

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 10, 2010

Research on the TV Coverage of Women's Sport Featured on NPR

Professor Cheryl Cooky (Purdue) was interviewed by Wisconsin NPR about the recent research report, Gender in Televised Sports: News and Highlights Shows, 1989-2009, that she co-authored with Michael Messner (University of Southern California). The piece is available to listen to online via a VLC Player or RealPlayer.

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 ...

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

2010 "Gender in Televised Sports" report released

The Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California announces the release of Gender in Televised Sports: News and Highlights Shows, 1989-2009, a research report authored by Michael Messner of the University of Southern California and Cheryl Cooky of Purdue University, with an introduction by Diana Nyad. The study has tracked the quantity and quality of men's and women's sports on TV news and sports highlights shows over a 20-year time frame at 5-year intervals. The 2010 report reveals that the amount of coverage of women's sports on three network affiliate news programs and on ESPN's SportsCenter nearly evaporated in 2009, falling to its lowest level in any year in the study. The report is available to the public and can be found at: http://www.usc.edu/dept/cfr/html/home.htm

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."

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 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 3, 2010

TC intern to attend grad school at Springfield College

JohnsonA-MSU.jpgAlicia Johnson, the 2009 Tucker Center Summer Intern and undergraduate student in Exercise Science at Minnesota State University Mankato, has been accepted and will attend graduate school at Springfield College, Springfield, MA, in sport and exercise psychology. Congratulations Alicia!

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 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 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.

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 12, 2010

Girls and Women In Sports Career Day, Wed April 28

2010-Girls-&-Women-in-Sports-Flyer.jpgThe Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx are sponsoring an educational and inspiring afternoon on women in the sports industry. This event includes a panel of influential women in sports business, open discussions & career advice with the panel, resumes accepted for open internship and full-time job opportunities, behind the scenes tours of the Target Center, and premium sideline tickets to the Lynx Home Opener on May 16th at 6:00pm. The panel features Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve, Lynx Star Candice Wiggins, Dr. Nicole LaVoi from the University of Minnesota's School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center, and top female executives from each of the major Professional sports franchises. It's all happening at the Target Center from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. For more information, click the thumbnail at right to download a flier or contact Carley Knox at 612.673-8408 or knox@lynxbasketball.com.

April 1, 2010

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

LaVoi to give talk at AAUW St Paul Chapter

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will be giving a talk, "Current Tucker Center Research on Girls & Women in Sport," Tuesday, March 30, at 11:00am, at the St. Paul AAUW Chapter.

March 25, 2010

Former Tucker Center intern Erin Morris to attend Clemson

Erin MorrisFormer Tucker Center intern Erin Morris, who was with the Tucker Center in 2008, will be attending Clemson. Morris was accepted to all institutions to which she applied and chose to attend Clemson for Community Recreation. Congratulations, Erin! For more information on Tucker Center internships, see our Web site.

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

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.

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 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 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 10, 2010

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.

February 3, 2010

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is Today!

The Tucker Center is proud to celebrate the 24th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). NGWSD is the premiere occasion to celebrate the participation, success, and accomplishments of girls and women athletes - and members of the Tucker Center's team participated in several statewide events in honor of female athletes everywhere.

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 14, 2010

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 11, 2010

Women's Sports Foundation report updated

The Women's Sports Foundation Report, "Her Life Depends On It: Sport, Physical Activity, and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women," originally published in 2004, has been updated.

Tucker Center noted in St Cloud Times

The Tucker Center is cited in an article in the St Cloud Times, "Women Scarce in Top Roles for Girls Hoops, Hockey." "... It's a story Julie Bell has retold often ... The local numbers are part of a nationwide trend, according to studies by the Tucker Center for research on girls and women in sport at the University of Minnesota. ..."

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

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 2, 2009

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."

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.

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 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 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 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.

October 28, 2009

Two new Knight Commission Reports on Impact of Big-Time Athletics Business Model

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has released two new reports on intercollegiate athletics outlining the impact and implications for the big-time athletics business model on important issues such as gender equity, Title IX, Olympic sports, and non-revenue sports among others:

Quantitative and Qualitative Research with Football Bowl Subdivision University Presidents on the Costs and Financing of Intercollegiate Athletics:
Report of Findings and Implications | Appendices

College Sports 101:A Primer on Money, Athletics, and Higher Education in the 21st Century

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

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

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 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 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".

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.

September 25, 2009

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 11, 2009

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 9, 2009

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

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.

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 21, 2009

Become a fan of the Tucker Center on Facebook

The Tucker Center is now on Facebook! Become a fan of the TC to keep up to date on the latest news and events.

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

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.

Tucker Center Staff Participate in Endurance Events

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center, second-year sport sociology doctoral student and research assistant Austin Calhoun and Erin Becker, former program associate and sport & exercise psychology alumnus, all recently participated in endurance events in Minnesota.

LaVoi took part in the Larkin Hoffman MS 150 Ride, raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in June. Calhoun and Becker both competed in the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon on July 11 as members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training Program.

July 9, 2009

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?"

July 7, 2009

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.

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 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 10, 2009

Becker successfully defends M.A. thesis

Erin BeckerErin Becker, 3-year veteran Tucker Center Program Associate and graduate student in sport & exercise psychology, now working for Health Fitness Incorporation, has successfully defended her Masters thesis entitled "Gender Regimes in a Youth Soccer Organization: Homologous Reproduction and Marginalization of Female Coaches." Please join us in congratulating Erin. We will miss her very much.

June 8, 2009

MSU's Alicia Johnson interns with Tucker Center

JohnsonA-MSU.jpgAlicia Johnson, a senior Exercise Science major at Minnesota State University Mankato, will be interning with the Tucker Center this summer. Johnson will be working on various projects in sport media research with Associate Director Nicole LaVoi. Johnson is an advisee of Dr. Cindra Kamphoff.

June 5, 2009

Blankenship Interns at Tucker Center

blan0207.jpgKelli Blankenship, a 2009 McNair Scholar and member of the U of M Women's Hockey Team, will be working this summer in the Tucker Center with mentor and Associate Director Nicole LaVoi. Blankenship will be examining the emotional experiences of youth sport parents.

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).

May 28, 2009

Calhoun, Houghton present at EASS in Rome

Austin Stair Calhoun and Emily J. Houghton, Ph.D. students in sport sociology, presented at the sixth Conference of the European Association for Sociology of Sport (EASS), held in Rome from May 27-31. Their presentation was entitled, Examining Elite Sport Representations in Social Media: Conceptualizing Twitter. The exploratory study focused on the relationship between Twitter and sport.

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.

Becker Starts New Position at Health Fitness Corp.

Erin Becker, Tucker Center Program Associate and graduate student in sport & exercise psychology, will start a new job as a Health Coach with Health Fitness Corporation. Congratulations!

LaVoi and Thul Participate in Workshop

Nicole LaVoi and Chelsey Thul participated in the first ever Cedar Riverside Faculty Development Workshop on Thursday, May 21 due to their work with East African girls and physical activity. The workshop was a collaborative venture among the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and the College of St. Catherine.

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 14, 2009

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 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.

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 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.

April 21, 2009

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

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.

LaVoi on 'Tomboy' in Star Tribune article

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Ph.D, associate director of the Tucker Center, was quoted in a Star Tribune article "Tomboys in Tutus" on April 10, 2009. LaVoi suggests, "A term like 'tomboy' limits a range of behaviors for both boys and girls."

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.

March 31, 2009

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 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.

February 13, 2009

Wiese-Bjornstal to participate in international exchange program

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., will travel to Algeria February 17-27th as part of the Unity Through Sport (USPORT) exchange with youth basketball coaches and athletes to present talks on motivation and mental skills.

Buysse recently spoke to AAUW chapter

Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., recently gave a talk titled Framing the Female Athlete: Media Constructions of Gender in Photographs to the White Bear Lake chapter of the American Association of University Women.

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 11, 2009

Physical Activity Lecture Available Online

A presentation by Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., and Nicole LaVoi, PhD., on Physical Activity as a Context for Youth Development  is now available online. To view their lecture, visit the University of Minnesota's Extension website.

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 22, 2009

LaVoi to deliver two coaching workshops

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi Ph.D., associate director of the Tucker Center, will deliver two separate coach workshops on "The Psychology of Coaching: Effective Motivational Strategies" in February, one to the Minnesota State Softball and another to the Synchronized Swimming Coaches Associations.

January 15, 2009

National Girls & Women in Sports Day Takes Place Wed., Feb. 4, 2009

The state of Minnesota will celebrate the 23rd annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day on February 4, 2009 at noon with a program in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. There are also a number of events being hosted by the University of Minnesota on Monday, February 2 -- including a youth clinic and a companion parent clinic titled "Developing Physically Active Girls" delivered by the Tucker Center.

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."

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 15, 2008

Tucker Center Joining the GameChangers Partnership

Check out Ashoka’s Changemakers in GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport, a search to identify the best sport innovations that challenge the barriers girls and women face around the world. Visit the Changemakers' website to submit entries, collaborate on ideas, and learn more about the coalition of extraordinary individuals uniting to bring about change. Submit your entry by February 11, 2009 here to take advantage of the funding opportunities and global exposure, while contributing to the next big change!

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 18, 2008

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.

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).

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.