Category Archives: Exercise Science

Kinesiology’s Dengel featured in CEHD Connect article on Dexalytics

Dr. Don Dengel

Together with CEHD’s Education Technology Innovation (EDI) team, Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, and his former advisee and partner Tyler Bosch, Ph.D., Research Scientist in Educational Technology Innovations in the College of Education and Human Development at the U of M, are featured in the current CEHD Connect magazine article, “What the body is.”

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.

Kinesiology’s Human Performance Teaching Lab hosts area high school students in Scrubs, Gloves, and Microscopes program

On April 11th, the School of Kinesiology’s Human Performance Teaching Laboratory (HPTL) hosted 24 high school students from around the metro area, who participated in the University of Minnesota’s Scrubs, Gloves & Microscopes program.

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.

Neil Hultgren, Kin M.S., wins second place in Pre-Doctor Division Abstract and Poster Presentation competition

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.

Kinesiology’s Madeline Czeck awarded UROP to perform research in LIPH lab

Madeline Czeck, 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.

 

Kinesiology alumna receives funding from National Institute on Aging

Azizah Jor’dan, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology alumna (Ph.D., 2012), McNair Scholar, and current Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School recently received funding for her NIA K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Career Development project, entitled “Vascular mechanisms and tDCS treatment of gait and posture in aging and age-related disease.”

The NIA K99/R00 is a career development award presented by the National Institute on Aging as an early career mechanism for postdoctoral fellows to facilitate career advancement.

While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Jor’dan was advised by Michael Wade, Ph.D. She has published with Dr. Wade and Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D.

Tianou Zhang, Kinesiology PhD candidate, to present at U’s Doctoral Research Showcase April 11

The University’s tenth annual Doctoral Research Showcase will include a presentation by Tianou Zhang, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate and advisee of Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology.

The Showcase will be held Tuesday, April 11 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union.

The goal of the Doctoral Research Showcase is to help doctoral fellows develop their abilities to talk about their research to audiences outside of their disciplines and to gain exposure for their work with key stakeholders.

Mr. Zhang’s research presentation is “Dietary Antioxidant Protection Against Inflammation in Exercise and Obesity.” All Kinesiology colleagues are invited to attend and support Mr. Zhang.

For more information about the event or to view a list of all of this year’s participants, visit: z.umn.edu/drs2017.

Betker and Orr are finalists in CEHD Three Minute Thesis Competition

Morgan Betker
Madeleine Orr

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 $500. 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 Tjosvold, 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.

LIHP recent graduate and lab members publish in Journal of Clinical Ultrasound

Joe Ostrem, Ph.D., a recent graduate from the School of Kinesiology (2016) is the lead author of an article published in the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound. The is article entitled “High-flow-mediated constriction in adults is not influenced by biomarkers of cardiovascular and metabolic risk.” The results of this study demonstrated that increased body mass, fat mass, and body mass index were associated with a greater high-flow mediated constriction.

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.

Kinesiology graduate student Kate Uithoven is lead author on article in Journal of Vascular Diagnostics and Interventions

Kate Uithoven, M.S./Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, is the lead author of an article published in the Journal of Vascular Diagnostics and Interventions. The article entitled “Determination of bilateral symmetry of carotid artery structure and function in children and adolescents” examines symmetry of carotid arteries in youth using high-resolution ultrasound. Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., Kinesiology professor and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, and Nicholas Evanoff, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, are co-authors on the article.

Dengel publishes in Journal of Geriatric Cardiology and Pediatric Research

Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, has co-authored two recently published articles.

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 in Pediatric 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.

 

 

American Culture Center for Sport receives U.S. State Department grant

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.

 

Ji receives Grant-in-Aid for research

Dr. LiLi JiLi Li Ji, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science has received a Grant-in-Aid. The title of the study is “In vivo DNA Transfection and Sarcopenia: A Mouse Model.” This research will be supported from January 2017 until June 2018.

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.

Kinesiology’s Anna Solfest awarded UROP to perform research in LIPH lab

solfestanna-2016Anna 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.

Dengel gives invited talks at East Carolina University

DengelD-2005Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, gave two research talks at East Carolina University this month.

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. 

Dengel presents at Southeastern Pediatric Nutrition Conference

DengelD-2005Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, was invited to present at the Southeastern Neonatal/Pediatric Nutrition Conference on November 11 in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. His presentation was titled “Pediatric Vascular Health: Growing Up.” 

Leon to present at Endangered Neuron Conference

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”.

Barr-Anderson, Biltz present at NASPEM conference

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Dr. Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, presented a poster entitled “Teachers’ influence on weight-related behaviors of African American preschoolers” at the 2016 North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) in Knoxville, TN, on August 11. George Biltz, M.D., lecturer in the School, also presented a poster, “Initial Submaximal RER and Tidal Volume Variability Appear Inversely Related to Direction of Response to Marathon Training.” The conference was held from August 10-13.

George Biltz
Dr. Biltz

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.

School of Kinesiology receives American Center for Cultural Exchange Network’s 2016 Excellence Award

ACCEX award 2016
l to r:  Dr. Li Li Ji;  Harvey Sernovitz, director of Office for Cultural Affairs; Dan Konold, executive coordinator at TUS; William Brashares, dean of international education at Arizona State University; Wang Yi, TUS.

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.

Leon named Top Doctor of the Year in Higher Education by IAOTP

Arthur Leon, M.D., School of Kinesiology professor, has been named 2016-17 “Top Doctor of the Year in Higher Education” by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

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.

Read the full press release here.

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.