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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."

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 25, 2010

Affliated MNYSRC scholar publishes editorial in British Journal of Sports Medicine

Steven Stovitz, an affliated MNYSRC scholar, recently published an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The piece is titled, "The pyramid of sports medicine and child health", and can be downloaded here as a PDF.

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 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.

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/

December 22, 2009

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

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 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 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 6, 2009

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".

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 11, 2009

Wiese-Bjornstal to present at International Consensus Conference in Copenhagen

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

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

Diane 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.

August 18, 2009

LaVoi Conducts PLAYS Workshops

Nicole LaVoi delivered two sport parent PLAYS (Parents Learning About Youth Sport) workshops to over 600 Eagan Athletic Association parents in August.

For more information about PLAYS, call 612.626.6055. LaVoi will also conduct parent and coach workshops for the Ortonville, MN school district September 2-3, 2009.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

February 8, 2009

Motivation Tips Available Online

Read Nicole LaVoi's tips on motivation for coaches in the latest issue of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association newsletter.

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 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."

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!