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LIHP alumni, faculty publish in “Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology”

coverJustin Geijer, Ph.D., (Ph.D., 2015) an assistant professor at Winona State University, is the lead author of an article recently published in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. The article, “Reproducibility of brachial vascular changes with alterations in end-tidal carbon dioxide,” examined the reproducibility of using carbon dioxide to alter diameter in the brachial artery. The results of this study suggest that carbon dioxide can alter the diameter of the brachial artery, but it is not reproducible enough to use this method to examine vascular health.

This article was part of Dr. Geijer’s dissertation. His advisor, Donald Dengel, Ph.D., professor and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is also a co-author on this article as are School alumni Nick Evanoff, Aaron Kelly, Michael Chermin, and Matthew Stoltman.

Thul presents MN-KPAH webinar

Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., Chelsey Thullecturer in the School of Kinesiology, presented an MN-KPAH (Minnesota Knowledge to Practice in Adolescent Health; PI: Dr. Lyn Bearinger, Nursing) sponsored webinar to an interdisciplinary maternal and child health audience on May 26th. Dr. Thul’s webinar, “Co-Developing Physical Activity Opportunities with East African Adolescent Girls: Listening, Living it, and Lessons Learned,” focused on three community-based, youth engaged research projects aimed at understanding, developing, and sustaining long-term culturally relevant physical activity programming and opportunities with East African adolescent girls. Dr. Thul highlighted the value in listening, living it, and lessons learned throughout her presentation.

MN-KPAH aims to advance the knowledge/skills of practicing MCH professionals by enhancing their capacity to respond to common and emerging health needs of young people, at individual and population levels. MN-KPAH uses continuing education modalities to improve the practice capabilities of the interprofessional MCH workforce setting ranging from primary care to public health.

Stoffregen co-authors article in EBR

StoffregenT_2015“Sensitivity to hierarchical relations among affordances in the assembly of asymmetric tools”,  by Jeffrey Wagman, Sarah Caputo, and Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., has been accepted for publication in Experimental Brain Research.

The research was conducted in Dr. Wagman’s laboratory at Illinois State University. EBR is a highly-respected interdisciplinary journal with an impact factor of 2.036.

Professor Stoffregen is also the director School of Kinesiology‘s Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory.

Barr-Anderson to present at ACSM Annual Meeting

Assistant professor Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., will participate in a symposium session at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Barr-Anderson will present with other experts in a session titled, “Stressed Out? . . . Get Moving.” She will discuss addressing chronic stress through physical activity interventions and their implementation.

Stoffregen mentioned in ReliefBand product review

StoffregenT_2015Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology professor and director of the APAL lab, was mentioned in a product review for ReliefBand Motion Sickness Device on the website, The Truth About Cars. In the article, his research is summarized as follows: “Stoffregen says that humans get nauseated (grammar note: nauseous is an adjective) because they have not yet learned how to maintain a stable posture in the new environment.” Read the story here.


Zhang awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Tino Zhang

Doctoral candidate Tianou “Tino” Zhang has been awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year from the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School.

Zhang’s research, “Dietary Antioxidant Protection against Inflammation in Exercise and Obesity,” is conducted in the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science. Zhang intends to research whether oats and olive oil supplementation can increase antioxidant capacity and reduce inflammation in heavy exercise and obesity. He is advised by LPHES lab director, Dr. Li Li Ji

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University’s most accomplished doctoral candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. The award includes a stipend of $23,000 for the academic year (September-May), tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester (fall & spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

U of M expands relationship with China, planning dual-degree sport management master’s program with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Monday between the University of Minnesota and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), symbolizing a mutual commitment to collaboration, which will include a dual-degree sport management master’s program housed in both the School of Kinesiology and SJTU’s Department of Physical Education.

Hanson, Xu signing the MOU between the U of MN and SJTU
Hanson, Xu signing the MOU between the U of MN and SJTU

SJTU Vice President Lisa Xu and U of M Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson are pictured signing the MOU that will create an exchange program between the School of Kinesiology’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) sport management program and graduate students at SJTU.

The School of Kinesiology has a long-standing relationship with higher education institutions in China, including initiating the China Champions Program and running the American Cultural Center for Sport at Tianjin University of Sport.

Learn more about our unique practitioner-oriented sport management master of education (M.Ed.) program.

Lewis receives three-year $900,000 grant from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Beth LewisBeth Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The grant, “Exercise Intervention for Preventing Perinatal Depression among Low-Income Women,” will examine the influence of exercise and wellness support on depression among pregnant and postpartum women.

According to MCHB publications, perinatal (the period during and after pregnancy) depression affects approximately 14 to 25 percent of pregnant women and is used to describe a range of conditions including,  prenatal depression, postpartum blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis.

Previously, Lewis was awarded a $1.46 million grant, “Effect of Exercise and Wellness Interventions on Preventing Postpartum Depression,” from the National Institute of Mental Health.  Results from this research found that higher levels of physical activity were related to fewer depressive symptoms.

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Weiss, Alumni receive Outstanding Research Writing Award from Research Council of SHAPE

Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology, and her colleagues Nicole Bolter (Ph.D., 2010, UMN) and Lindsay Kipp (Ph.D., 2012, UMN) are recipients of the Society for Health and Physical Education Research Council’s Research Writing Award for their article, “Assessing impact of physical activity-based youth development programs: Validation of the Life Skills Transfer Survey.” The article was published in Volume 85 of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES), the official journal of the Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE). This award is designed to identify outstanding contributions of scholarship from papers published in each volume of RQES. This is the sixth time that Weiss has been recognized with this scholarly writing award.

Weiss (left), Bolter (center), Kipp (right)
Weiss (left), Bolter (center), Kipp (right)

The full citation is, Weiss, M. R., Bolter, N. D., & Kipp, L. E. (2014). Assessing impact of physical activity-based youth development programs: Validation of the Life Skills Transfer Survey. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85, 263-278.
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LIHP alumni, current students, faculty collaborate on publication

coverJustin Geijer, Ph.D., (Ph.D., 2015) an assistant professor at Winona State University, is the lead author of an article published in the journal, Physiological Measurement. The article, “Comparison of brachial dilatory responses to hypercapnia and reactive hyperemia” reported that hypercapnia (a condition of abnormally elevated carbon dioxide levels in the blood) and reactive hyperemia (the temporary increase in organ blood flow) stimulate vasodilation of the brachial artery, but use different pathways. This research was conducted in the School’s Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP).

Current MS student Neil Hultgren is a co-author on the article as well as graduate alumni  Aaron Kelly and Nicholas Evanoff and undergraduate alumni Michael Chernin and Matthew Stoltman. Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., kinesiology professor and LIHP director, is also a co-author of this piece.


U of M welcomes elite Chinese athletes and coach to Twin Cities for second cohort of China Champions Program

wordmark-umn-china-championsTo foster an exchange of culture, education and sport, the University of Minnesota will host eight Chinese Olympic and world champion athletes and one Olympic-level coach as part of the School of Kinesiology’s China Champions Program (CCP), arriving today, Wednesday, November 4, in the afternoon. This is the second year of the unique program. Biographies for each Champion are available here.

Led by the School of Kinesiology, in collaboration with Beijing Sport University and supported by the Chinese government’s Scholarship Council, CCP is a unique, global collaboration that provides mutual benefits for Chinese athletes and University faculty, staff and students.

“This partnership offers the chance for visiting athletes and many at the University to engage, teach and enhance learning from each other,” said Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and founder of the China Champions Program . “Our goal is to ensure all involved gain insight and appreciation for the cultures in each country and harness that knowledge to benefit our world.”

During the next year, participants will attend specially designed courses in the School of Kinesiology, including academic seminars, workshops and English as a Learned Language classes. Beyond the classroom, athletes will visit Minnesota cultural sites and become acclimated with the Twin Cities area, as well as take tours of University and local professional sports team’s stadiums, arenas and training facilities.

University partners with the School of Kinesiology include the University of Minnesota China Center, the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance), and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

“Globalization and internationalization are an important part of CEHD’s mission of applying principles and practices of multiculturalism to advance teaching and learning,” said CEHD Dean Jean Quam. “As we welcome another cohort of the CCP, we extend and promote this unique two-way discovery between our students, faculty, staff, and community and elite Chinese athletes.”

Local business and government leaders will also meet with the athletes to give them a behind-the-scenes look into international corporations, government and the American culture.  Each of the Chinese participants are continuing their education as part of a master’s level graduate program with Beijing Sport University, the top sport university in China.

“Entering year two of this program, we are excited to continue to use sport to bridge cultures,” said Rayla Allison, associate director of the School of Kinesiology and executive director of the China Champions Program. “Last year’s program was a great success by all measures due to engagement and support of the College of Education and Human Development and Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, plus the numerous volunteers and community members who so graciously championed the program.”

KIN Ph.D. student awarded grant to study strategies aimed at reducing injury rate in youth football

WhiteA-2016Andrew White, Kinesiology doctoral student, was recently awarded with a research grant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). The funds will be used on a project aimed at reducing injury rates in youth football.

White is advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab.

Kinesiology doctoral program jumps into top 10

The results of the National Academy of Kinesiology’s 2015 Doctoral Program Review rank the School of Kinesiology tied for sixth (adjusted for faculty size). This is the best ranking the University of Minnesota has ever received  (11th – 2005, 19th – 2010).

The Doctoral Program Reviews are conducted in five-year intervals and are based on both faculty productivity, funding, and visibility as well as student selectivity, support, employment, and publication

The School of Kinesiology’s doctoral program offers five different concentrations: biomechanics and neuromotor control, exercise physiology, perceptual-motor control and learning, physical activity and sport science, and sport management.

The National Academy of Kinesiology’s dual purpose is to encourage and promote the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity and to honor by election to its membership persons who have directly or indirectly contributed significantly to the study of and/or application of the art and science of human movement and physical activity.

Weiss, Wiese-Bjornstal contribute to special issue on concussion management in sport in “Kinesiology Review”

Maureen Weiss
Maureen Weiss

Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and editor-in-chief of Kinesiology Review, recently organized the publication of a series  of multidisciplinary articles by prominent researchers in a special issue of the journal devoted to pediatric, neurological, psychological, ethical, and clinical issues surrounding the topic of concussions in sport in Kinesiology Review. 

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory, was lead author of an article, “Psychology of Sport Concussions,” in the special issue.

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal

The health implications of concussions incurred by youth, high school, and collegiate athletes, as well as adult participants in recreational and competitive leagues and professional athletes, are debated almost daily in many news and social media outlets. In this issue, the authors extensively reviewed frameworks, empirical research, and evidence-based best practices related to the assessment, treatment, care, and recovery of concussed individuals as a result of sport participation.

The reference for this issue is Kinesiology Review, Volume 4, Number 2, May 2015.  Kinesiology Review is the official journal of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American Kinesiology Association. Continue reading “Weiss, Wiese-Bjornstal contribute to special issue on concussion management in sport in “Kinesiology Review””

Gao publishes in Games for Health Journal

GaoZ-prefAssistant professor Zan Gao, Ph.D., and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (PAEL), published a co-author paper, Fun, Flow, and Fitness: Opinions for Making More Effective Active Videogames,” in the Games for Health Journal. 

Despite active video games’ popularity and ability to increase a player’s energy expenditure, research indicates their use sharply declines over time, which limits their utility in promoting physical activity. A frequent criticism is that a player’s interest is quickly exhausted. A group of video game developers and investigators including Gao discussed and shared lessons learned from using serious video games in health behavior change and offer insight to guide future efforts.

The citation is :

Maloney, A. E., Mellecker, R., Buday, R., Gao, Z., Hinkley, T., Esparza, L., & Alexander, S. (2015). Fun, Flow, and Fitness: Opinions for Making More Effective Active Videogames. Games for Health Journal, 4(1), 53-57.

Holst-Wolf awarded School of Kinesiology Doctoral Dissertation Award

Jessica Holst-Wolf, a doctoral student in the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL), is the recipient of the School of Kinesiology Doctoral Dissertation Award for the academic year 2015-16.

Jessica Holst-Wolf
Jessica Holst-Wolf

The School of Kinesiology Doctoral Dissertation Award provides the School’s most accomplished Ph.D candidates with an opportunity to devote efforts to an outstanding research project under the mentorship of the student’s primary faculty advisor.

Holst-Wolf is advised by HSCL director and professor Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., and her research concerns  patients with peripheral sensory nerve damage (PSN). Individuals with PSN do not feel their affected limb(s) as well as healthy people. As a result, their movement becomes compromised and they will have problems with balance, walking or fine motor tasks. Unfortunately, current neurorehabilitation therapies for this patient group are very limited. Jessica’s project attempts to enhance the current therapeutic treatment arsenal by employing a new robot-guided training program designed to improve sensorimotor function in these patients. If successful, there would be an alternative treatment avenue for patients with PSN.

Inoue to publish a review article on spectator sport and health

A paper led by assistant professor Yuhei Inoue,  Ph.D., has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sport Management. This paper, “Spectator Sport and Population Health: A Scoping Study,” analyzes 135 studies empirically examining the effect of spectator sport on population health and classifies these studies into distinctive research themes. It further provides implications for integrating spectator sport into the population health agenda.

The full article is available here and full citation is as follows: Inoue, Y., Berg, B.K., & Chelladurai, P. (in press). Spectator sport and population health: A scoping study. Journal of Sport Management.

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APAL researchers to publish in aerospace journal

apalResearchers in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) have had an article, “Sex differences in the incidence of motion sickness induced by linear visual oscillation,” accepted for publication in the journal, Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance. 

The authors are Frank C.Koslucher, Eric Haaland, Amy Malsch, Jennifer Webber, and APAL director Dr. Thomas StoffregenKoslucher and -Haaland are Ph.D. candidates in the lab while, Malsch and Webber were undergraduate research assistants in APAL.


Students, faculty, & alumni represent at ACSM conference

10336684_10153332867891264_5805345408675514168_nSchool of Kinesiology students and faculty have a prominent presence at this year’s American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference in San Diego, California. School alumni are also co-presenters in several of the poster presentations.


  • Mitochondrial Remodeling Resulting from Muscle Contraction and Disuse: Role of PGC-1 and Sirt3 – Dr. Li Li Ji

Thematic Poster Presentations

  • Competitive Marathon Runners Exhibit Greater Running Economy than Recreation RunnersDr. Stacy Ingraham, Dr. Christopher Lundstrom & graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • Preschool Pilot (PSP) Study: Targeting Teachers and Engaging Parents to Improve Weight-Related Outcomes for African-American Preschoolers Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Poster Presentations

  • The Mitochondrial E3 Ubiquitin Protein Ligase 1 (Mul1) is Down-Regulated by PGC-1a Over-Expression in Disuse Induced Atrophied Muscle – Dr. Li Li Ji, Post-doctoral associate Chounghun Kang and graduate students Dongwook Yeo and Tiano Zhang
  • The Short-term Effect of Sit-Stand Workstations on Blood Glucose in Obese Women with Impaired Fasting Glucose Dr. Beth Lewis
  • Association Between Urban Children’s Psychosocial Beliefs and their Outside School Physical Activity Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Foam Rolling Decreases Muscle Soreness but has no Effect on Running Performance  – Dr. Eric Snyder, Dr. Erik Van Iterson and graduate assistants Emma Lee and Alexander Kasak
  • Effect of Two Physical Activity Interventions on Preschool Children’s Cognitive Functions and Perceived Competence – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Youth Sport Specialization and Injury Status in Intercollegiate Sports – Dr. Stacy Ingraham and graduate assistants Zachary Rourk and Matthew Carlson
  • Associations Between Children’s Health-related Fitness and Physical Activity in Exergaming – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Comparison of Children’s Recess and After-school Physical Activity: Effects of School Days and Weight Status – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Effects of Plyometric Training on Lower-Body Muscle Function in Novice Marathon Runners – Dr. Chris Lundstrom and graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • The Acute Effect of Exergaming on Elementary School Children’s Mood Changes – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Jung Eun Lee
  • The Effects of Glucose-Fructose Versus Glucose-Only on Stride Characteristics during Prolonged Running – Dr. Stacy Ingraham
  • Alveolar to Arterial Gas Exchange during Constant-Load Exercise in Healthy Active Men and Women – Dr. Eric Snyder
  • Effect of Spark on Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, and Motivation in Middle-School Students – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Intervening in Adolescents’ Knowledge and Motivation about Energy Balance – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Plyometrics & Sprint Training Versus Core Training on Power Outcomes in Novice Marathoners  – Graduate assistant Morgan Betker

Gao publishes paper in Journal of Physical Activity and Health

GaoZ-prefAssistant professor Zan Gao, Ph.D., and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (PAEL), recently published a first-authored paper in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. This study compared young children’s different intensity physical activity levels in physical education, recess and exergaming programs. Gao and colleagues found that young children generated higher physical activity levels in recess and exergaming as compared with physical education. They advocate that other school-based physical activity programs may serve as essential components of a comprehensive school physical activity program.

The citation is :
Gao, Z., Chen, S., & Stodden, D. (2015). A comparison of young children’s physical activity levels in physical education, recess and school-based exergaming. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12, 349-354.