Category Archives: Labs & Centers

Ji spends productive sabbatical month at University of Valencia, Spain

Dr. Ji and Dr. Viña

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.

LaVoi presents at 2017 Japanese Women Coaches Academy meeting

LaVoi, center, with colleagues

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.

Read more about the conference here.

 

 

Lewis quoted in article on yoga and preventing weight gain in the Minnesota Daily

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.

 

 

 

 

Kane in Title IX feature in Illinois State VidetteOnline magazine

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane,  Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is featured in the Illinois State University VidetteOnline magazine in an article entitled, “Professor returns to Blo-No to discuss Title IX.” Kane, an internationally recognized scholar on Title IX, talks about her own personal experience with sport and her upcoming keynote for Illinois State’s School of Kinesiology and Recreation’s 2017 Esther Larson McGinnis Scholar Lecture on October 25.

Kinesiology graduate students  Kronzer, Wood, and White to present at AASP Conference

Current School of Kinesiology and Sports Medicine Psychology Laboratory graduate students Joey Kronzer (M.S.), Kristin Wood (Ph.D.), and Andrew White (Ph.D.) will be presenting their research at the upcoming Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual conference in Orlando, Fl, on October 18th–21st.

  • Kronzer will be giving a 15-minute talk titled “Using E-Prime 2.0 to Develop Sport-Specific Video Analysis Training Protocols.
  • Wood will be presenting a paper titled “Analyzing the Effectiveness of an Injury Education Program in Increasing Novice Marathoners’ Self-Efficacy in Adopting Proper Injury Management Strategies.
  • White will be presenting a paper titled “Breadth or depth? Evaluating psychological, performance, and injury outcomes following multidimensional or focused mental skills training in marathoners.

All three students are advised by Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab.

Joey Kronzer
Andrew White
Kristin Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dengel co-investigator on newly funded grant

Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, is a co-investigator on a grant funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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.

Gao publishes book chapter in Traditional Chinese physical activities

Konczak gives invited presentation at European workshop

On October 10, Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, presented a lecture on robotic rehabilitation to the PACE network community in Genova, Italy.

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.

 

Mahnan featured in Global Programs and Strategy Alliance’s “Global U”

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.

Read Mahnan’s feature here.

 

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes Kane on collegiate athletic directors

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, “Female athletic directors at Pitt and Penn State stand out in a field still dominated by men,” commenting on the potential for women candidates for AD positions within a power differential that works against their being hired.

Tucker Center research cited in Salt Lake Tribune piece on Cam Newton remark

Tucker Center research is cited in a Salt Lake Tribune article, “‘Sports don’t have a gender’: Utah women’s tackle football players respond to Cam Newton.” Newton’s remark was: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about [running football] routes.”

 

Kinesiology alum Mackenzie Havey will read from her new book, Mindful Running, at U of M Bookstores October 17

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.

LaVoi keynotes at Grinnell Women Coaches Workshop

image of Nicole M. LaVoiTucker Center co-director Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology, will give a keynote, “Beyond the Paradox for Women Coaches: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving,” at the Grinnell College Women Coaches Workshop on Monday, October 9. The full-day workshop features three other keynotes and is designed for women head coaches, women assistant coaches, and professional women in athletics. More information and registration …

 

Biltz to present at Pediatric Work Physiology Meeting XXX in Katerini, Greece

School of Kinesiology senior lecturer George Biltz, M.D., will be attending the Pediatric Work Physiology Meeting XXX, October 3-8, in Katerini in Macedonia, Greece. The conference is sponsored by the European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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.

Kane quoted in Outside Magazine

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane,  Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in an Outside Magazine article, “The Adventure Film Industry’s Women Problem.” Kane comments on the visibility, or lack thereof, of female athletes and its impact.

Barr-Anderson participates in Pathways to Self-Care and Wellness event

Daheia J Barr-AndersonDaheia 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.

LaVoi, Kane quoted in Star Tribune story on WNBA champs, the Lynx

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.

Dr. Nicole LaVoi
Dr. Mary Jo Kane
Dr. Mary Jo Kane

Tucker Center director Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., and co-director Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., both faculty in the School of Kinesiology, are quoted in the article titled: “How the Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up.”

 

Wiese-Bjornstal, LaVoi, to present at Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey Concussion Summit

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.

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D.

Gao and advisees publish in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Stoffregen gives invited talk at National Academy of Kinesiology meeting

Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), gave an invited talk at the 87th annual meeting of the National Academy of Kinesiology in Washington, DC, on September 16. His presentation was titled “Ecological physics and the perceptual information for motor control.