Nicolette Peterson and Anna Solfest, both undergraduate students in the School of Kinesiology, participated in today’s 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the U of M.
Dengel and Bosch have developed the Dexalytics tool to utilize massive amounts of DXA (dual-x-ray absorptiometry) body scan data to produce a single, “manageable score for each athlete, the Dexalytics Score, and connect body composition to performance.” With this information they are further able to help coaches and athletes develop individualized training plans.
Under the direction of HPTL co-director Don Dengel, Ph.D., graduate students Christiana Raymond, Alex Kasak, Michelle Harbin, Bryce Murphy, Kate Uithoven, Neil Hultgren, Katie Bisch and undergraduate student, demonstrated laboratory exercises on Wingate testing, ultrasound imaging, body composition, pulmonary ventilation and electrocardiogram.
The purpose of this special topic is to investigate the effects of exergaming on individuals’ energy expenditure, physical activity participation, sedentary behaviors, actual and perceived motor skills, activity choices, behavioral changes and psychosocial beliefs through experimental and quasi-experimental designs. The special issue includes a total of four original articles, one review article, one editorial, and one commentary piece contributed by research scientists in the USA, Australia, France, and Belgium. The special issue is available at this link.
Neil Hultgren, Kinesiology M.S. student advised by Donald Dengel, Ph.D., director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, took second place in the Pre-Doctor Division Abstract and Poster Presentation competition at the University of Minnesota’s 31st Annual Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS) on April 14, 2017. Neil’s poster presentation was titled: “Central Blood Pressure Regulation in Relation to Hypertension and Adiposity in Youth.” The research is part of Neil’s master’s thesis.
Christopher Curry, School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student and member of APAL, has accepted a summer position as a graduate research intern in the Physical Ergonomics/Human Factors research department at the Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, Chris will be part of a team working to improve medical device ergonomics, teamwork, health care ergonomics and lean health care systems. Chris’s Ph.D. adviser is Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D.
The research projects Dr. Lewis presented are “Feasibility and efficacy of a physical activity intervention for the prevention of postpartum depression: A randomized trial.” (Lewis, B. A., Schuver, K., Gjerdingen, D., Terrell, C., & Avery, M. ) and “The future of physical activity intervention research: Expanding focus to sedentary behavior, technology, and dissemination.”(Lewis, B.A., Napolitano, M.A., Buman, M., Williams, D.M., Nigg, C.R.).
An online publication for the cruising set, To See the Sea, features an interview with Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and researcher on motion sickness. Stoffregen discusses his fascination as a boy in the 1960s with astronauts and space travel, including the phenomenon of motion sickness (which afflicts many astronauts in space), and how it led him to the research he is doing today.
MomEnough is an online resource that offers weekly shows featuring experts across a wide spectrum of parenting topics. It is co-hosted by mother-daughter team Marti Erickson, Ph.D., retired CEHD faculty member, and Erin Erickson, D.N.P., M.P.H., R.N.
Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perceptual-Action Laboratory, was interviewed by the online publication PsyPost on his research relating to the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. His study, conducted with Kinesiology Ph.D. student Justin Munafo and U of M undergraduate honors student Meg Diedrick, indicates that using the headset can cause motion sickness, and that women are more likely to experience this effect than men. Stoffregen says, “As interactive devices increasingly pervade the lives of ordinary people, motion sickness related to these technologies becomes more and more common. The problem is getting worse, not better.”
In the article, Inoue discusses his thoughts on changing the financial structures of college’s sports programs, explaining that by doing so, it would make sports teams more attractive properties for their respective institutions to invest in.
School of Kinesiology professor Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., gave a keynote address last Thursday, March 30, at the 12th Annual Spring Conference of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Kentucky. The conference had approximately 900 attendees, mostly from the medical and engineering sciences, as well as practitioners from across the state. Konczak spoke on robotic rehabilitation and their impact for future neurorehabilitation therapies and diagnostics.
Members of the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab (HSCL) in the School of Kinesiology attended the Hmong International Academy for a community outreach event last Thursday evening, March 30. The Academy, a culturally specific school for children Pre-K through Grade 8, asked several departments at the U of M to attend Family Fun Night to share information about their work and research for families and their children who attend the school.
Kinesiology doctoral students Jessica Holst-Wolf, Arash Mahnan and I-Ling Yeh set up three mini-stations demonstrating EMG (electromyography) technology, postural control, and how to measure haptic sensitivity, or sense of touch, and provided general information about kinesiology and movement science. HSCL lab director is Kinesiology professor Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D.
The U of M’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is hosting a 2017 Seminar Series, “Frontiers in the Environment.” The series tackles environmental issues in ways that bring people together, showcase new knowledge, and challenge assumptions and practices.
Tiffany Richardson, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and IonE Educator, will be a panel member this Wednesday, April 5, 12:00-12:45 p.m., to discuss “Breaking Boundaries in Sustainability Education.” She’ll be appearing with four other presenters from the U of M to discuss how to tackle obstacles of living sustainably by pushing traditional boundaries and reaching audiences not usually associated with sustainability. Richardson has been using professional sports to promote student learning, behavior change, and fan engagement via Green Teams, composed of students who actively promote a sustainability message at major league sporting events.
Attend the seminar in person, LES R-380, 1954 Buford Ave., St. Paul, or join the YouTube Live here and the Twitter conversation with #Frontiers and @UMNIonE.
On Thursday, April 6, individuals who wish to meet with Richardson and fellow panelists to discuss sustainability ideas in depth will attend the Affiliates April Salon Breakfast on the St. Paul campus.
MadelineCzeck, an undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology, has received a U of M Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award. Maddy’s UROP will examine total and segmental body composition measures of muscle mass, fat mass, bone density of NCAA Division I softball and baseball players using dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). In addition, this research project will also compare the effect of positions (i.e., pitcher, catcher, outfielder, and infielder), usage patterns (i.e., throwing arm versus the non-throwing arm) and gender on total and segmental body composition differences. The project is under the direction of Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIPH).
The UROP Award offers financial awards to full-time undergraduates for quality research, scholarly, or creative projects that are judged to contribute to the student’s academic development and which are undertaken in collaboration with a faculty sponsor.