Weiss Serves as Editor For The Academy Papers, "Physical Activity Across the Lifespan"
Maureen Weiss, professor of kinesiology, is Editor of The Academy Papers, a prestigious annual publication of thematic evidence-based papers on the role of Kinesiology in advancing research and professional practice in society, community, and daily living contexts. As Past-President of the National Academy of Kinesiology, Weiss organized the conference in which authors presented papers and then coordinated with them to publish The Academy Papers in Kinesiology Review, a scholarly journal devoted to the scientific study of physical activity and holistic health outcomes.
The theme of The Academy Papers 2013 is Physical Activity Across the Lifespan, and articles address robust findings, critical issues, and processes that generate variations in physical activity and health outcomes in middle/older adulthood, young adulthood, adolescence, middle/late childhood, and infancy/early childhood. In the spirit of the multidisciplinary nature of Kinesiology, articles represent social, psychological, historical, philosophical, neurological, pedagogical, and physiological perspectives on physical activity across the lifespan.
The theme was based on a playful metaphor revolving around "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and movie about a baby born at 84 years old who ages backward. Along the way Benjamin experiences "typical" as well as some "atypical" developmental landmarks of "aging" as he traverses a rich history of global events. Taking a reverse aging perspective presented an innovative approach to the flow of research and its professional applications on lifespan physical activity and made for a cutting-edge issue of The Academy Papers.
The full reference is Weiss, M.R. (Ed.) (2013). The Academy Papers: Physical Activity Across the Lifespan. Kinesiology Review, 2(1), 1-106.