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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.

wcr_2013-14_infographic.jpgTune in to CBS this Friday, January 10, at 8:30 a.m. to see a segment featuring high-profile female athletic directors discussing the lack of women in sport administration and coaching. The segment was inspired by the Tucker Center's recent release of the Women in Collegiate Coaching Report Card.

WCU-logo.pngThe Tucker Center, in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is offering a one-day Women Coaches Symposium on Friday, February 7, 2014 designed for youth sport, high school, club, and collegiate women coaches. It is a unique opportunity for professional development and networking. The exciting program features Head Coach Cheryl Reeve of the 2-time WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx, Head Female Coaches for the Gophers, in addition to leading sport science scholars. Students receive a special discounted registration, and all participants receive a free Tucker Center Film Festival ticket. For complete in formation and to register, click here.

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.

ACH.jpg Dr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (PAEL), and Dr. Donald Dengel, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), are co-investigators of a recently funded Academic Health Center Seed Grant titled, "Effect of a Home-based Fitness Intervention on Cardiometabolic Risk Profile in Pediatric Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)." This seed grant is a pilot feasibility study to collect preliminary data for a large-scale exergaming intervention in children undergoing maintenance therapy for ALL.

Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES), recently received a nearly $200,000 grant from PepsiCo to study the bioavailability and healthy benefits of oat avenanthramides (AVA), a phytoalexins that exist predominantly in the hulled kernels of oat seeds. Phytoalexins are any of various antimicrobial chemical substances produced by plants to combat infection by a pathogen.

The research involves testing participants' ability to utilize AVA from dietary oat consumption to decrease systemic inflammation and muscle damage due to exercise as well as to increase antioxidant function and mental health indicators.

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