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Joan DejaeghereJoan DeJaeghere (associate professor) and Alex Liuzzi (CIDE Ph.D. student) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented on global institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to 8th graders at the Twin Cities German Immersion School, as part of their interdisciplinary study of globalization. Students engaged in discussions around the effects that these institutions have on people's daily lives, including an example of a project to improve education through information and communication technologies.

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.

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."

LewisOBrien.jpgThis past fall, Dr. Elizabeth Moje, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Patricia Enciso, Professor of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University discussed their work with PhD students in two Curriculum and Instruction seminars on Sociocultural Theory, Education, and Literacy (taught by Cynthia Lewis) and Research in Reading (taught by David O'Brien).

Enciso and Moje discussed their partnerships with schools in Columbus and Detroit to enhance the literacy learning of immigrant and racially minoritized youth through storytelling and other arts-based pedagogies as well as through supporting the complex navigations youth accomplish as they move across home, community, and school spaces. Enciso, Moje, and Lewis are collaborating on a second book focused on critical sociocultural theory and literacy research.

Their visits were arranged by Cynthia Lewis, Professor of Literacy Education. and sponsored by the Emma Birkmaier Speaker Series in Critical Literacy and Urban Education. To learn more about the Speaker Series, please see the description on the C&I News and Events page.

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.).

Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP) [pictured above], and Tyler Bosch, doctoral candidate [pictured below] are recipients of the Scientific Manuscript Excellence Honor: Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper for their article "Body Composition and Bone Mineral Density of National Football League Players." Their research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, examined the body composition of National Football League (NFL) players before the start of their regular season. The findings are a template for future studies examining fat, lean, and bone mass in NFL players.

The Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper is one of the highest honors the National Strength and Conditioning Association gives for scholarship and is named after one of the pioneers in modern exercise physiology research.

LewisGradingRubric.jpgOn November 22, Cynthia Lewis, Emma Birkmaier Professor in Educational Leadership, participated in a teaching with writing panel, "Grading Rubrics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," as part of the Engaging Controversies Series sponsored by the Center for Writing.

Lewis drew on her research to caution against the use of grading rubrics, arguing that they make false assumptions about learning. Grading rubrics position learning as outcome driven rather than problem driven, thus reducing the richness and learning potential of the problem space and deterring students from taking the kind of risks that deepen learning for fear of receiving a lower score.

Visit Cynthia Lewis' profile to learn more about her research.

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