December 2012 Archives

Celebrating Our Olympians

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Olympic fever was everywhere this past summer—and the School of Kinesiology was no exception, with four connections to the Summer Olympics in London. Alumni representing the School were former Gopher star and current Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (B.S., sport management, 2004); triple jumper Amanda Smock (Ph.D., exercise physiology, 2010); and Olympic Committee Member Angela Ruggiero (M.Ed., applied kinesiology, 2010). In addition, Roberto Sobalvarro, instructor for PE 1031 Sabre Fencing and PE 1033 Foil Fencing in the School of Kinesiology, was the head coach of the bronze-medal-winning Women's Epee U.S.. . . [Read Full Story]

Featured Program: KinTeach

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The physical and health education programs, along with the developmental/adapted physical education (DAPE) and the coaching certification program, make up the KinTeach graduate program. This program includes both initial and additional licensure programs for individuals with bachelor's degrees who want to become licensed teachers. These graduate-level programs provide rigorous, professional teacher preparation in accordance with the Minnesota Standards for Effective Practice for Teachers and the Content Standards adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. KinTeach students enter a 12-15 month program integrating educational theory with classroom practice. An extended student. . . [Read Full Story]
Dr. Chelsey Thul is a "double Gopher," having received both her masters (2008) and her Ph.D. (2012) from the School of Kinesiology. Over the course of her career, Thul has developed a unique and specialized research agenda, combining public health, sport psychology, and prevention science. Her dissertation in particular explores how Somali females use and conceptualize physical activity spaces. The impetus for her dissertation project stemmed from a 2008 study with her adviser Dr. Nicole LaVoi. The purpose of this study was to explore Somali and Ethiopian adolescent females' experiences. . . [Read Full Story]

Did You Know?

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The School of Kinesiology is home to 10 labs and centers, including two new centers in 2012. Dr. Zan Gao's Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (EPI) and Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal's Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL) joined the School's renowned docket of research centers. Gao's lab focuses on improving the health of Americans through empirical research with the innovative focus on exergaming--using video games in physical activity interventions. The SMPL studies the psychological and social factors that relate to physical activity injury risk, response and recovery, such as the emotional responses of. . . [Read Full Story]
The Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), directed by Associate Professor Don Dengel, is located in Mariucci Arena on the U of MN's East Bank. The focus of the LIHP is to examine the effects of various diseases (cancer, obesity, etc.) and treatments (aerobic exercise, weight loss, medication, etc.) on peripheral, cardiac and cerebral vascular systems in an integrative approach. To measure the human body in an integrative approach, the lab uses many state of the art techniques--some of which were developed or adapted in house. The LIHP works closely. . . [Read Full Story]
Under the direction of Professor Jürgen Konczak, the main research goal of the HSCL is to understand how the human brain controls movement. To do this, the lab focuses on both the development and changing of motor function across the lifespan, as well as the etiology and mechanisms of neurological disease that affect the motor system. In the past, much of the lab's work has centered around the development of proprioceptive and motor function in infants and children and how these functions change over time. The other focus of the. . . [Read Full Story]
Earlier this fall, Beth Lewis, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, was awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) by the National Institute of Mental Health. This four-year, $1.46 million grant, "Effect of Exercise and Wellness Interventions on Preventing Postpartum Depression," is aimed at examining the efficacy of exercise and wellness/support interventions for preventing postpartum depression, which affects approximately 10-13% of women. This is the largest single grant awarded to a School of Kinesiology faculty member while at the University of Minnesota since 2005. "Becoming a mother is an incredible. . . [Read Full Story]

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