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1532074_10152043748059279_2082134850_n.jpgCoached by new head coach Amanda Gaines, the University of Minnesota Dance Team won its fifth College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship this past weekend. Senior and kinesiology student Grace Gerring spoke highly of teammates and coaches commenting, "It has been such an enjoyable experience, and I couldn't have done it without amazing coaches and teammates standing by me every step of the way." Gerring, a member of the team for four years, said the coaches have spent the year perfecting the basics and remembering why they began dancing.

Mary Jo KaneDr. Mary Jo Kane, Tucker Center director and full professor in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed on sports columnist Dave Zirin's "Edge of Sports" radio show on January 16. Kane talked to Zirin about the Tucker center's new documentary "Media Coverage & Female Athletes," and the lack of coverage of women's sports.

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Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is the lead author of an article published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer. The article is titled, "Signs of Early Sub-Clinical Atherosclerosis in Childhood Cancer Survivors," and it examined arterial blood vessel function in 319 childhood cancer survivors and 208 sibling controls. The results of this study demonstrated that early in life, childhood cancer survivors have changes in their arterial blood vessels that indicate an increased risk for premature atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

nmlavoi-2013.jpgOn April 25, Play Like a Champion Today, the world's only university-based initiative focused on promoting a positive sports culture for all young people, is hosting a symposium entitled "Coaching Ethics: Creating a Value Centered Athletic Community in Higher Education." Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is a featured speaker at the symposium in a group of experts from sports ethics, higher education, professional ethics, as well as coaches, administrators and faculty. Topics include the coaching culture of collegiate athletics, the ethical principles that should inform coaching practice, and a plan to create values-centered athletic communities through sport.

tc20.jpgFor the Tucker Center's 20th Anniversary, Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, created a slide presentation showing significant events in the life of the Tucker Center. View and hear about the highlights of Tucker Center's last 20 years slideshow with Dr. LaVoi's voiceover narration by clicking on image below or on our website with Dr. LaVoi's voiceover and catch the highlights of the Tucker Center's last 20 years!

KaneMJ-2005.jpgProfessor Mary Jo Kane, School of Kinesiology faculty and Director of the Tucker Center, has a featured blog post in the CEHD Vision 2020 blog. Kane's post, "Female Athletes in the Media: The Best and Worst of Times," explores the disconnect between the amount and type of media's coverage of women athletes and the overwhelming interest and participation in women's sports.

Professor of kinesiology StoffregenT-2013.jpgDr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) gave an invited talk at the University of Caen, France on Monday, January 6. The title of his talk was "La mer et le corps."

wcr_2013-14_infographic.jpgTune in to CBS this Friday, January 10, at 8:30 a.m. to see a segment featuring high-profile female athletic directors discussing the lack of women in sport administration and coaching. The segment was inspired by the Tucker Center's recent release of the Women in Collegiate Coaching Report Card.

WCU-logo.pngThe Tucker Center, in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is offering a one-day Women Coaches Symposium on Friday, February 7, 2014 designed for youth sport, high school, club, and collegiate women coaches. It is a unique opportunity for professional development and networking. The exciting program features Head Coach Cheryl Reeve of the 2-time WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx, Head Female Coaches for the Gophers, in addition to leading sport science scholars. Students receive a special discounted registration, and all participants receive a free Tucker Center Film Festival ticket. For complete in formation and to register, click here.

nmlavoi-2013.jpgstair-2013.jpgDr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, and Austin Stair Calhoun, Director of eLearning + Digital Strategies in the School of Kinesiology and Ph.D. candidate in sport sociology, have published a chapter, "Digital media and women's sport: An old view on 'new' media," in the new Handbook of Sport and New Media (Andrew Billings and Marie Hardin, Eds.).

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