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LaVoi-Nicole-2010.jpg Dr. Nicole LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, will serve as the keynote speaker at a professional seminar organized by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The seminar will be held on on Thursday, March 14 and will cover various topics including, Title IX, social media, motivational, and communication strategies for coaches. LaVoi's talk entitled, "Psychology of Coaching: Effective Motivational Strategies and Effective Communication," is aimed toward professional development for administrators, coaches, and student-athletes.

For more information or to RSVP, visit the UMAC's website.

KaneMJ-2005.jpgProfessor Mary Jo Kane, School of Kinesiology faculty and director of the Tucker Center, will give an invited presentation, "Exploring Female Athletes' Interpretations of Media Images: A Window into the Construction of Social Identity & 'Selling Sex' in Women's Sports," at the USC Conference on Sports: Gender Issues and Sports on March 6. Her paper is part of a larger study conducted with Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, Associate Director of the Tucker Center, and Dr. Janet Fink from UMass-Amherst. The conference is sponsored by USC's Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society.

Nicole M. LaVoiThe Clarion Ledger (Gannett) has published an article, "Sexual abuse and sports: So much shame, so much blame," that quotes Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, associate director for the Tucker Center and faculty in the School of Kinesiology. LaVoi comments on the sometimes problematic power differential between an athlete and her coach.

lisec.jpgJohn Lisec, School Kinesiology Ph.D. student, was recently published in the Journal of Sports Media. His article, "Gender Inequality in the New Millennium: An Analysis of WNBA Representations in Sport Blogs," was co-authored by Mary G. McDonald of Miami University-Ohio.

Lisec and McDonald examined two sport news blogs, Deadspin and Women Talk Sports, to see if traditional media themes related to gender and sport were represented. Their findings suggested that dominant ideologies and representational patterns most frequently produced in traditional media accounts are often reproduced in Deadspin, while Women Talk Sports offered a unique opportunity for more critical engagement with these ideologies.

School of Kinesiology faculty Drs. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Nicole M. LaVoi, and Jennifer Bhalla, along with several of their graduate students, will be attending the North Central Sport Psychology Conference at Minnesota State University - Mankato this February 22 and 23. Wiese-Bjornstal will give the opening keynote—"Sports Medicine Psychology: Encompassing Multidisciplinary Theory, Research, and Practice"—and LaVoi will give the closing keynote, "Barriers and Supports for Female Coaches: An Ecological Approach." Bhalla will lead a round-table lunch discussion with Mankato colleague Dr. Cindra Kamphoff on " Lessons Learned Consulting with Groups and Athletes."

KaneMJ-2005.jpgProfessor Mary Jo Kane, School of Kinesiology faculty and director of the Tucker Center, has an an article accepted for publication in Communication & Sport. "The Better Sportswomen Get, the More the Media Ignore Them" explores the dearth of media coverage of female athletes during a marked rise in viewership and participation.

Doctoral candidate Maya Hamilton recently presented at a University of Minnesota-Rochester CONNECTS event. Her talk, "Ethical Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics," explored examples and consequences of unethical conduct in college sports. Hamilton is advised by Dr. Nicole LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center and Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor of kinesiology.

Nicole M. LaVoiIn a web article and video, WCCO News has interviewed Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, associate director for the Tucker Center and faculty in the School of Kinesiology, on a recent incident in which a high school hockey goalie purposely scored on his own team and then left the ice. LaVoi looks at this as a teachable moment that should not be lost to coaches, parents and young athletes.


BuysseJA-0000.jpgDr. Jo Ann Buysse, sport management undergraduate coordinator and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, along with Dr. Sarah Wolter, visiting assistant professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, have had their research published in The Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. Their research, "Gender representation in 2010 NCAA Division I media guides: The battle for equity was only temporarily won," is the fourth study in a longitudinal project that began with a doctoral dissertation by Dr. Buysse, marking the 20th anniversary of this research.

LaVoi-Nicole-2010.jpg Dr. Nicole LaVoi, faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, participated with a session, "Exercise for Senior Women, a Benefit of Title IX," at the CEHD alumni Minne-College in Naples, FL, on January 19th.

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