Two Kinesiology doctoral candidates are finalists in CEHD’s Research Day competition, Three Minute Thesis (3MT), which will be held March 28 from 10-11 a.m. in the McNamara Alumni Center Johnson Room.
Morgan Betker (exercise physiology emphasis) and Madeleine Orr (sport management emphasis) will be competing with six doctoral students from across the college for the first prize of $300. Prizes of $250 will go to the runner-up and people’s choice. The finalists were chosen from a preliminary round competition held last week.
Ms. Betker’s presentation is “Cardiovascular Health and Occupational Stress in Police Officers” and Ms. Orr’s presentation is “The rhetoric vs. the reality of sport event legacies.”
3MT is an annual competition held in over 200 universities worldwide. It’s designed to challenge Ph.D. students to present their research in just three minutes in an engaging format that can be understood by an audience with no background in their discipline. The competition is intended to help students develop a presentation on their research and hone their academic communication skills to explain their work effectively to a general audience.
Judges in the CEHD competition are Karen Kaler, University Associate; Mary Tjosovold, local entrepreneur, author, and humanitarian, and CEHD alumna; and Dr. John Wright, professor of African-American and African Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.
Dr. Ostrem’s former adviser, Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, co-authored this article together with Nik Brinck, a recent undergraduate (2015), Katie Bisch, a master student, and Nick Evanoff, a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology.
“Submaximal oxygen uptake kinetics, functional mobility, and physical activity in older adults with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction” appeared in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.
The article “Impaired cardiac autonomic nervous system function is associated with pediatric hypertension independent of adiposity” appeared inPediatric Research and examined whether sympathetic nervous system activity influences hypertension status and blood pressure in children and adolescents. These data suggest that impaired cardiac autonomic nervous system function is associated with higher odds of being prehypertensive/hypertensive and may be independent of adiposity in children and adolescents.
For the 5th consecutive year, the U.S. State Department will support the American Culture Center (ACC) for Sport in China administrated by the University of Minnesota. From September 2016 until August 2017, the funding will be $75,000 to Li Li Ji, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, the PI of the grant.
The ACC focuses on the introduction and promotion of sport as an American heritage and value. The main activities include on-campus, year-round programs and featured lecture tours that visit various Chinese universities.
In January 2017, Ji, Zan Gao, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab, and Gregory Welk, Ph.D., associate professor of health promotion and exercise at Iowa State University, will visit four universities. The goal is to introduce how mobile devices are being used to promote physical activity on U.S. campuses.
Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Grant-in-Aid program funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors are a major determinant of the overall vitality of the University of Minnesota.
Anna Solfest, a undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology, has received a U of M Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award. Anna’s UROP project will examine body composition, bone density, and visceral adipose tissue in male and female NCAA Division I basketball players. 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.
The first talk, “Frontiers in Body Composition Analysis From NFL Players to Infants and Beyond,” was presented to students and faculty in the Department of Kinesiology on November 8. The second talk, “The Paradox of Severe Obesity and Vascular Function,” was presented to the Surgical Research Group at the East Carolina University School of Medicine on November 10.
Arthur Leon, M.D., School of Kinesiology professor, will present a featured lecture at the Endangered Neuron Conference to be held at the American Swedish Institute on October 2, 2016. His presentation will be about the “Role of Lifestyle in Attenuating Cognitive Decline and Risk of Dementia with Aging”.
Formed in 1985, NASPEM’s membership is comprised of medical doctors, researchers, educators, and students interested in pediatric exercise. Their mission is to promote exercise science, physical activity and fitness in the health and medical care of children and adolescents.
The U.S. State Department has presented the School of Kinesiology and its partner, Tianjin University of Sport (TUS) in China, with the American Center for Cultural Exchange Network’s 2016 Excellence Award.
This is the first year of the award, created to recognize members of the American Cultural Center (ACC) for outstanding work in fulfilling the mission of the organization.
The ACC has twelve centers funded by the U.S. State Department, each focused on a particular area of American culture. The School of Kinesiology and partner Tianjin University of Sport is the only ACC focused on sport. The partnership’s goal is to “foster and deepen the appreciation for American culture through sport among Chinese students and people in the Tianjin metropolitan area.” The partnership sponsored educational lectures and visits, on-site programs, and collaboration with other ACC network members. A number of School of Kinesiology faculty and staff as well as the U of M community were involved during 2012-2016 in presenting lectures, hosting visiting scholars and delegations, and providing consultation at Tianjin University and other member universities, funded through a grant from the State Department.
Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology, accepted the award. He says,
“We are truly honored to receive this inaugural award from the U.S. State Department. It is the result of years of dedicated and creative work done by over a dozen School of Kinesiology faculty and supporting staff, many who traveled to China to deliver the programs. TUS has shown tremendous commitment to support the ACC. We thank the U of M China Center and GPS Alliance for guidance and support and will continue to make the ACC a bridge for Sino-US cultural exchange.”
The award includes a $2500 prize to be used for ACC future programming.
IAOTP is an international boutique networking organization that identifies the most prestigious top professionals from different industries. These professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, be keynote speakers, and help influence others in their field.
Justin 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.
Graduate assistant Eli Kelley and lecturer Chris Lundstrom, Ph.D., will both be giving talks, with Eli presenting on how genetic variation of the beta-2 adrenergic receptor can influence muscular strength in healthy subjects and Dr. Lundstrom presenting on the effects of marathon training on substrate utilization in runners.
Graduate student researchers Erin McGuirk, Hanan Zavala,Emma Lee, andKate Uithoven will all be presenting research findings at various poster sessions. Erin will be presenting data exploring the effect of gender on substrate utilization and how differences in substrate utilization influence pacing strategies in marathon runners, and Hanan will be presenting findings that demonstrate that non-invasive estimates of pulmonary vascular function are not accurate in patients with cystic fibrosis during exercise. In addition, Emma will be discussing recent findings that demonstrate variables involved in sustained muscular efficiency in patients with cystic fibrosis, and Kate will be presenting data that compares stimulation of the lungs with a drug compared to exercise and the resulting lung fluid changes.
The students are mentored by CEPL director and assistant professor Eric Snyder, Ph.D.
Dr. Leon received his B.S. from the University of Florida (1952) and an M.S. (1954) and an M.D. (1957) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1973, Leon joined the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES) at the University of Minnesota, where his research resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Today Dr. Leon is internationally recognized for his research on the role of physical activity in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and for advancing the understanding of the role of genetic and non-genetic factors in the variability of responsiveness to exercise training.
“Arthur S. Leon, M.D., M.S., one of the ‘World’s Top Cardiologists’ and a ‘giant’ in the fields of exercise science and cardiovascular medicine, is most deserving of the 2016 ACSM Honor Award,” said Wayne State University professor and ACSM past president Barry Franklin. “His primary research focus, the role of exercise, diet and lipids in the primary and secondary prevention of coronary disease, has culminated in ~300 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including several seminal papers. He has served as the PI on 5 major, multi-year NIH grants and PI or Co-PI on dozens of additional grants.”
Currently Leon is the Henry L. Taylor Professor of Exercise Science in the School of Kinesiology, where his continued commitment to research and teaching serves as a model and motivation for both students and colleagues.
Dr. Leon will be honored at the ACSM’s Annual Meeting Awards Banquet on June 3 in Boston, MA.
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology in the School of Kinesiology, is co-author of an article published in the May 2016 issue of Techniques Magazine, published by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The article entitled “Body Composition: Methods and importance for performance and health” examined body composition of track and field athletes in the various disciplines. Olivia Dengel, an undergraduate student at the College of Saint Benedict, was also a co-author on the paper.
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.