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1532074_10152043748059279_2082134850_n.jpgCoached by new head coach Amanda Gaines, the University of Minnesota Dance Team won its fifth College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship this past weekend. Senior and kinesiology student Grace Gerring spoke highly of teammates and coaches commenting, "It has been such an enjoyable experience, and I couldn't have done it without amazing coaches and teammates standing by me every step of the way." Gerring, a member of the team for four years, said the coaches have spent the year perfecting the basics and remembering why they began dancing.

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.

LeeH-2013.jpgHee Yun Lee, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work, and Dr. Melissa Geller, gynecologic oncologist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, received the Ovarian Cancer Pilot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense Health Program. The overall goal of the award is to eliminate ovarian cancer by supporting innovative, high-impact research.

Lee and Geller were awarded $225,000 over two years for the project, which aims to develop and assess an intervention using mobile phone technology to promote genetic counseling among women with ovarian cancer and their families.

Dr. Tamara Moore of the STEM Education Center will be awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Moore will receive her award during a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., in the coming year.

Dr. Moore is currently the principal investigator of an 8 million dollar grant awarded by the National Science Foundation titled EngrTEAMS: Engineering to Transform the Education of Analysis, Measurement, and Science in a Team-Based Targeted Mathematics-Science Partnership. The grant is one of the many Dr. Moore has been awarded while at the STEM Education Center. To learn more about EngrTEAMS click here.

The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation's goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.

"The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead," President Obama said. "We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America's global leadership for many years to come."

For more information about this award please read the official press release from the White House.

Dr. Karl Smith, Co-Director of the STEM Education Center, will speak at the Board on Science Education's winter meeting in Irvine CA on January 16th-17th, 2014. The Board on Science Education is interested in exploring what is known about preparing undergraduate college students for team science, including areas of overlap between the general goals of undergraduate STEM education and the competencies required for team science. Relating to his experiences working at the University of Minnesota, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and other institutions, Dr. Karl Smith will discuss the characteristics of and relationship between high performance teamwork and high quality learning environments as well as theoretical, conceptual and empirical foundations to teams such as the social interdependence theory & social cognitive theory.

For more information on the Board of Science Education please visit their website.

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.

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.

Postsecondary Teaching and Learning Senior Fellow Robert Poch, Ph.D., and McNair Scholar Jade Beauclair have been selected to present at the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership Conference on February 13, 2014. Their presentation, "Lessons, lessons applied: How history informs best practices for the contemporary recruitment, retention, and preparation of teachers of color," focuses on how pedagogical practices during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement continue to inform contemporary teaching strategies for the success of all students.

Learn more about the conference here.

1nexted.JPGWhat if you could combine the reach and accessibility of a MOOC with an engaging user experience and online interface, a Facebook-like social network, meaningful interaction with an instructor who is more than a talking head, and authentic project-based learning?

That's what the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) plans to accomplish via an innovative new learning initiative called NextEd. In January, LTML will launch NextEd with a course titled Designing for Experiences: Principles to Technology Transformation. Led by Aaron Doering, Bonnie Westby-Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology and associated professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the course is targeted at anyone interested in learning to design and develop transformative technology-enhanced experiences for learners of any age. Course participants will explore multiple technologies and teaching strategies as they put into practice the principles they are learning.

"Transformative learning begins with transformative experiences," Doering said. "This online experience will guide and inspire teachers, corporate trainers, designers, and anyone interested in technology-enhanced learning to generate real change in online, hybrid, and mobile education."

The NextEd courses offer an innovative course registration model as well, allowing participants to choose their level of enrollment and what type of recognition they will receive for completing the course -- from a simple certificate of completion up through University of Minnesota graduate-level credit.

See more about NextEd and the Designing for Experiences course.

wcr-group.pngIn the 40+ years after the passage of Title IX, female sport participation is at an all-time high but the percentage of women coaching women at the collegiate level has declined from 90+% in 1974 to a near all-time low today of 40%. In addition, though the number of collegiate coaching opportunities is also at a record high, only 20% of all college coaching positions for women's or men's teams are filled by women. To help stop the decline of and increase the percentage of women in the coaching profession, and to increase awareness and start a national dialogue on this issue, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport commemorates its 20th anniversary in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches by launching a cutting edge research series and report card aimed at increasing the number of women in the coaching profession. Learn more about the historic decline in the percentage of women coaches, why this research and women coaches matter, how minority status in the workplace can affect individuals, and see which of 76 select "big time" NCAA Division-I institutions, sports and conferences receive passing and failing grades based on the percentage of head women coaches of women's teams.

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