Li Li Ji, Ph.D., professor and director of the LPHES in the School of Kinesiology, has finished a one-month visit to the University of Valencia, Spain, as part of his planned sabbatical activity. During his stay, he met with the University’s Faculty of Medicine led by Dr. Josè Viña, and with Dr. Carmen Gomez, a visiting scholar in LPHES last summer, to discuss continuing collaborations on research in the field of muscle biology and aging.
Ji gave two presentations to UV faculty, titled “Mechanism and prevention of muscle disuse atrophy via DNA transfection” and “Oat phytochemicals: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.” The University of Valencia Medical College is a highly respected institution in Europe, and its former dean, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1906. Ji’s visiting professorship was sponsored by a grant from the European Union.
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center in the School of Kinesiology, gave a presentation at the third annual Japanese Women Coaches Academy meeting held in Karuizawa, Japan, during the first week in September. LaVoi attended the meeting along with representatives from the U.K., Australia, and the top women in sport in Japan. She spoke on barriers and supports for female coaches based on her book, Women in Sports Coaching.
An article in the October 18 online issue of the Minnesota Daily features a study showing a relationship between the effect of practicing yoga and preventing weight gain. Researchers studied young adults who were overweight five years before the study, and found that those who engaged in yoga had a slight weight loss over time, while those who were not practicing yoga gained weight. Beth Lewis, Ph.D., professor and director in the School of Kinesiology, was quoted, saying: “[Yoga] has the potential to reach individuals who … want something that combines a physical activity that really deals with not only your mental health but your physical well-being.”
The study is part of a larger research initiative, Project EAT, which examines nutrition, physical activity and weight status among people in Minnesota ranging from adolescence to adulthood.
The 3-year grant titled “Hypoglycemia After Exercise In Type 1 Diabetes: Intranasal Naloxone As A Novel Therapy To Preserve Hypoglycemia Counterregulation” will examine the effects of intranasal naloxone to preserve normal blood glucose levels during aerobic exercise in type 1 diabetics.
PACE stands for Perception and Action in Complex Environments. The network is funded by the European Union and seeks to train predoctoral students with a background in engineering, mathematics, neuroscience, and psychology.
Arash Mahnan, Kinesiology Ph.D. student and IT Fellow, is one of three people featured in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance online newsletter, Global U, promoting Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign, the first system-wide fundraising campaign at the U of M in more than a decade. The Alliance has set a goal of raising $7 million to “Drive a Global U.”
Mahnan discusses his goal to fill the gap between engineering and clinical research, and the imperative to attract top students and faculty from around the world to come to the University of Minnesota. He is a student in the area of biomechanics and neural control and is advised by Juergen Konczak, Ph.D.
School of Kinesiology alumna Mackenzie Lobby Havey, M.A., will read her recently published book, Mindful Running: How Meditative Running Can Improve Performance and Make You a Happier, More Fulfilled Person, at the U of M Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus on Tuesday, October 17, at 4 p.m.
In her book, Havey, who is a runner, coach, and fitness journalist, describes her personal experience with meditative running and the influence it has had on her life.
“I discovered that when I integrated the principles of mindfulness into my daily running practice, it boosted my joy in the process of training, as well as my performance, and I wanted to share that in this book,” she says. “As I began to deconstruct my own mindful running routine and talk to Olympians, paralympians, and researchers in the fields of contemplative neuroscience and sports psychology, I found that I wasn’t the only one who had experienced significant benefit from combining mindfulness with physical training. Mindful Running is all about learning to run the mile you are in and train smarter, not harder–to find new ways to relate to your body, mind, and environment to deal with things like discomfort, fatigue, and negative thinking with intentionality and ease. My hope is that some of the lessons learned on the run will find their way into other parts of your life as well.”
Havey graduated with her master’s degree in 2009 in the Sport and Exercise Psychology emphasis area and was advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal. She is currently teaching a Beginning Running class in the School’s Physical Activity Program.
On Oct. 6, Biltz will present a poster he co-authored with Kinesiology alumnus Christopher Lundstrom, Ph.D., titled “Time series variability of steady state RER, tidal volume and VO2 show a common response to marathon training in older adolescents.” The poster is a continuation of research on physiological time series analysis that they previously reported on at PWP 2015 in Utrecht ,Netherlands, and at the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) in 2016 in Knoxville, TN. Biltz will also co-chair an oral presentation session on Oct. 7 on Physical Activity.
Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, will participate in the event “Pathways to Self-Care and Wellness for Empowering Girls and Women from Indigenous Communities and Communities of Color” Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. to noon at the Walker Community United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. Barr-Anderson will serve as moderator for the panel discussion on strategies to empower these female communities. She will also lead movement activities.
The event is free and open to the public. Complete details are available here.
The Star Tribune published an article on the remarkable story of the Twin Cities’ women’s professional basketball team, the Lynx, tracing their challenges as a struggling young team getting their first real breaks through their years of hard work, setbacks, explosive talent, and inspiring teamwork that has led to three WNBA titles and their current pursuit of a fourth. Lindsay Whelan, Lynx starting point guard, is a Kinesiology alumna and Gopher women’s basketball star.
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology professor and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL), will be giving an invited lecture at the Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion in Rochester, MN, on September 28-29. Her presentation, which will focus on psychological and social influences on concussion risks in ice hockey, is titled “Which ice hockey players are at greatest concussion risks and why?”
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Kinesiology lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center, will also be giving a presentation. She will speak on “Incorporating the ‘Summit III Action Plan’ into Policy and Social Media.”
The conference as a whole will address advances in concussion diagnosis, treatment and prevention with an emphasis on prioritized action items to improve safety in the sport of ice hockey, and is targeted to health care providers in a number of specialty areas. Aynsley Smith, R.N., Ph.D., one of the two Summit course directors, is an alumna of the School (Ph.D., 1995). More information about the summit is available here.
Gao serves as corresponding author and first co-author on the article. He collaborated with doctoral advisees Zachary Pope and Nan Zeng, as well as colleagues Brent Leininger, DC, MS, Gert Bronfort, DC, PhD, and Roni Evans, DC, PhD, from the U of M’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, and Mitchell Haas, DC, MA, from the University of Western States.