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Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), presented work at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013 that shows how cancer treatment takes a toll on the hearts of child survivors.

"Research has shown childhood cancer survivors face heart and other health problems decades after treatment," said Dengel. "But researchers had not—until now—looked at the heart health effects of childhood cancer treatment while survivors are still children."

Dengel and colleagues measured artery stiffness, thickness and function in 319 U.S. boys and girls (ages 9-18) who had survived leukemia or cancerous tumors. Participants had survived 5 years or longer since their initial cancer diagnosis.

LisecJ-2013.jpg John Lisec, School Kinesiology Ph.D. student, recently recounted his research experience at Beijing Sport University (BSU) in the China Center 2012-13 Annual Report. Lisec was the recipient of the Red Pockets Scholarship that allowed him to research in the field of sport management, tour the Beijing Olympic facilities, meet twelve Chinese Olympic gold medalists, and experience cultural sites such as the National Center for the Performing Arts. His research course produced a collaborative project with a BSU faculty member. Lisec will analyze the utilization of the Beijing National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquatics Center post-Olympic games.

SattlerM_2013.pngGraduate student Monika Sattler placed first among women in the annual Heck of the North 102-mile bicycle race which takes place annually in Duluth, Minn. In 2012, Sattler placed 20th of 150 riders total, only 15 of which were women.

The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine details the scenic and intense race in the article, "Rough Riders." The race path is described as "...75 percent gravel, 20 percent pavement, and 5 percent trails and paths." The article further notes that the riders are cautioned to be self-supported and to carry whatever they need as the race is extremely remote with limited assistance.

Image courtesy of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, July - August 2013 issue

Li Li Ji, Professor and Director of the School of Kinesiology, recently returned from a 10-day official trip to China, part of a U of M delegation led by President Eric Kaler. Through meetings, events, and meaningful exchanges during the trip, the School has increased its visibility with some of China's most prestigious universities and strengthened collaboration with its counterparts in China. While President Kaler's activities have been extensively covered on University websites, Dr. Ji has provided a report on his experiences traveling with the President related to the School of Kinesiology's mission.


GregRhodes.jpgGreg Rhodes, PhD student in Kinesiology, is featured on the CEHD home page, in the article, "The Science of Endurance," written by Kinesiology's communications specialist, Molly Augustin. The story details Rhodes' discovery of his passion and interest in the science of exercise at an early age, when he first visited the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science as a high school student. In addition to studying for his doctorate and working as a graduate assistant, Rhodes engages in a demanding training regimen that took him to Madison, WI last summer to compete in his third Ironman, where he finished 69th out of a field of 2800 participants.

Rhodes is advised by Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Arthur Leon.

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