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On January 20, 2014 Robin Sakamoto was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies for Kyorin University located on the Hachioji campus in Tokyo, Japan. She may be the first foreign woman to hold the post of dean in a highly respected Japanese university.

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."

2013Thailand.jpgOn December 26, Family Social Science professor Catherine Solheim, boarded a plane bound for Thailand along with her UM-Duluth colleague Jill Klingner, and 16 undergraduate students. They're partaking in a 3-week learning adventure titled Families, Culture and Health in Thailand.

The students are documenting their experiences in Chiang Mai, Chiangrai, and Bangkok by posting stories and photos on the Family, Culture, and Health in Thailand blog.

Read more about their day-to-day experiences, as well as their reflections on the trip after returning to Minnesota on January 15.

wade-china.jpgProfessor Michael Wade, Ph.D., recently visited the American Cultural Center for Sport at Tianjin University of Sport (TUS) and gave a lecture, "Life time motor development: Movement by design and movement that informs," to over one hundred graduate students and faculty members.

TUS President Yao Jiaxin was Wade's translator when he visited China in 1989. The visit served as a reunion and reflected a long history of academic exchange between the two countries. During the visit, Yao showed the old photos and letters of their previous meeting over two decades ago.

Joan DejaeghereJoan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave an invited presentation at the Feminisms, Gender and Sexuality seminar series at the Institute of Education, University of London on November 22nd. Her presentation was titled "Negotiating Desire: Material Needs and Sexuality in a Girls' School in Tanzania" and is based on a research project she is conducting with Laura Willemsen (CIDE Ph.D. student) and Anna Kwayu, (University of Dar es Salaam).

Joan DejaeghereSeveral students, staff and faculty from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) recently conducted project evaluation and learning workshops in Tanzania with NGO partners for The Mastercard Foundation grant. The project is evaluating the long-term impact of entrepreneurship training programs on youth livelihoods and well being in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES), presented an invited keynote at the annual Chinese Physiological Society conference held in Guangzhou on November 8, 2013. The title of his lecture was "Physiological and pathological response of skeletal muscle to contraction and immobilization."

David ChapmanDavid Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was the guest of the Malaysian Ministry of Education to serve as a panelist and session Chair at the Global Higher Education Forum, an international conference held in Kuala Lumpur from December 4-6. While the conference attracted participants from 18 countries, Chapman was the only participant from the U.S.

McConnellS-2009.jpgScott McConnell, professor of educational psychology and the Center for Early Education and Development's director of community engagement, and Ann Bettenburg, student services director for Moundsview schools, traveled to Ulaanbaatar Mongolia November 4-8 to better understand the current policy, practices, and infrastructure that support services for young children with disabilities throughout the country.

Working with the Mongolia Open Society Forum and Soros Open Society Foundations, McConnell and Bettenburg will be using information gained during this visit to prepare for and coordinate a study tour for policymakers, program directors, and advocates in Minnesota early in 2014.

Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), participated in an International Cardiovascular Seminar at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. The seminar gave a global perspective on the future of physical education programs in the school systems. Experts from around the world spoke on the status of physical education. Dr. Dengel's talk was titled, "Physical Education Trends in the United States."

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