Drs. Mary Jo Kane and Nicole M. LaVoi, School of Kinesiology, and director and associate director, respectively, of the Tucker Center, are featured in a Star Tribune article, Rosenblum: 'Here's Proof' female athletes also can deliver high TV ratings. Highlighting the TC's new video, Media Coverage and Female Athletes and the #HERESPROOF Project where people are encouraged to post #heresproof-tagged images and comments about women's sports, the article highlights the TC's research on the disconnect between the great interest in and attendance at women's sports and the dearth of media coverage.
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The article is titled, "The Relative Contributions of the Abdominal Visceral and Subcutaneous Fat Depots to Cardiometabolic Risk in Youth." The research examined the effects of abdominal fat in children on the development of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors.
Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is a co-principal investigator on a $60,000 grant awarded from the National MPS Society. This two-year grant, "Manifestations of Cardiovascular Disease in Morquio A: Evaluation, Assessment, and Therapy", will determine if carotid artery structure and function in human patients with Morquio A syndrome is abnormal compared to healthy patients (the control group). This study is being done in conjunction with Saint Louis University and Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Forty percent of all athletes are women, but only 4% are represented in the media—and too often how they look is more important than their skills. This Sunday, December 1, at 7:00pm CST, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in partnership with tptMN - The Minnesota Channel, will air "Media Coverage and Female Athletes," an hour-long video program that explores these issue through interviews with scholars, the media, coaches at collegiate, Olympic and professional levels; and the female athletes themselves. Tune in to coverage via the Tucker Center's Web site, and watch the trailer here ...
Related story: An Inside look at "Media Coverage and Female Athletes" with Nicole LaVoi and Female Athletes"
Scott 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."
Sarah Bentley, an undergraduate student in the department of psychology, received a Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grant to conduct her research project "Psychological predictors of injury in marathon runners." Sarah is working in the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab under the direction of Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal and Ph.D. students Hayley Russell and Andrew White.
Naveen Elangovan, doctoral student and trained physical therapist, served as the lead author in an article titled, "Assessing proprioceptive function: Evaluating joint position matching methods against psychophysical thresholds." The research compared three different methods for assessing proprioceptive function in humans.
The article is set to publish in Physical Therapy, a prestigious journal with an impact factor of 2.78. Co-authors of this article include Amanda Herrmann (M.S., '12) and Dr. Juergen Konczak, professor of kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab (HSCL).
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.
Department of Family Social Science professor Abi Gewirtz and her research project ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) were featured on KSTP-TV. One of the families who participated in the ADAPT project shared their experience of deployment and reintegration. Watch the news segment on KSTP's website.