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tas2.jpgThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, gave a talk in the colloquium series of the University of Minnesota's Center for Clinical Movement Science on February 18. Stoffregen describes research on postural control and adaptations in individuals who were at sea for the first time. The title of his talk was "Getting your sea legs."

tas2.jpgThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology. Frontiers is an online, open access journal that seeks to research various facets within the psychological movement sciences.

tas2.jpgThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, gave a presentation to a class of sixth-grade students at Brimhall Elementary School, in Roseville, MN. In his talk, "Going to work in space," he described his experiences and research at the Kennedy Spaceflight Center where he has worked in Launch Control during the development of the space shuttle.

He also has experience at both the Goddard Spaceflight Center and the Johnson Space Center. While at Goddard, he was key in helping design the International Space Station, and he worked with astronauts on problems of human perceptual-motor control in weightlessness while at the Johnson Space Center.

tas2.jpgThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, was referenced in an article in the January 2013 issue of Scientific American. The article, "The Multisensory Revolution: Why Your Brain is a Sensory Smoothie," describes how different senses, such as hearing and seeing, can relay similar perceptions to the brain. Stoffregen's work has enforced the idea that the brain is a multisensory organ, while exemplifying how the brain and human senses work.

tas2.jpgThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid from the University's Office of the Vice President for Research for his project, "Gait at sea: Getting your sea legs." The project is an extension of Stoffregen's existing research on nautical body posture that will include the first-ever experimental research on human gait at sea.

mnmagazine.jpgThe University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Winter issue of Minnesota Magazine features the body-sway research of Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology. Stoffregen's research found that pre-bout standing body sway in boxers predicts the feeling of sickness or nausea after the bout.

Tom Stoffregen.jpg"Effects of Visual Tasks and Conversational Partner on Personal and Interpersonal Postural Activity," by Thomas A. Stoffregen, M. Russell Giveans, Sebastian J. Villard, and Kevin Shockley, has been accepted for publication in Ecological Psychology. The experiments were conducted by Dr. Giveans as part of his doctoral project under the guidance of Professor Stoffregen. Dr. Villard served as a post-doctoral fellow in APAL in 2007-2009.

Amy Malsch, Jennifer Webeler, and Hannah Walsh have each received a competitive award under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to conduct research under the mentorship of a School of Kinesiology faculty member.

Malsch and Webeler will work with Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D. Their research project concerns sexual dimorphism and susceptibility to motion sickness, and will be carried out in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory.

Walsh will join the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory and work with Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D. The title of her project is Implementing Feedback Control for a Passive Motion Apparatus. This apparatus is used in the lab to measure body awareness (proprioception).

Authors Yawen Yu, Hyun-Chae Chung, Lauren Hemingway, and professor of Kinesiologyr Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen, were recently published in Gait & Posture. Their contribution is titled: "Standing body sway in women with and without morning sickness in pregnancy."

Dr. Yu received her Ph.D., in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, working in APAL under Stoffregen's guidance. Dr. Chung spent a year in APAL as a visiting scholar. Ms. Hemingway was an undergraduate research assistant in APAL, where she was supported by a UROP award. She now works at 3M.

On November 5, Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, gave an invited colloquium at the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The title of his talk was, "Getting your sea legs: The horizon, the body, seasickness, and mal de debarquement".

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