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Inoue’s Fans of Health project featured in CEHD Connect magazine

Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology, is featured and profiled in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of CEHD Connect. The article, Fans for Health, highlights Inoue’s research in ways that sports spectatorship can lead to a sense of belonging, specifically in older adults.

Inoue partnered with Daniel Wann, a psychology professor in Kentucky, and they won funding for a pilot study from the North American Society for Sport Management. Inoue and Wann collaborated with Minnetonka Senior Services, having half of the study participants attend University of Minnesota volleyball games. Participants were surveyed after attending the games, and the results found that participants felt a closer bond to the volleyball team and the senior services center. From the results, Inoue is currently developing an associated theory.

HSC lab publishes in Neuroscience Letters

The Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL) directed by Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published in the journal Neuroscience Letters. Yu-Ting Tseng, Ph.D. a former lab member of HSCL, is the primary author of the article. Their study, titled “Wrist position sense acuity and its relation to motor dysfunction in children with developmental coordination disorder” is about developmental coordination disorder and examined the relationship of wrist proprioceptive impairment with fine motor and balance function.

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about 6% of school-age children. It is characterized by uncoordinated movements and poor motor skill learning. DCD significantly interferes with a child’s activities of daily living and academic performance. It has long been assumed that impaired body awareness (proprioception) is compromised in children with DCD and that proprioceptive deficits underlie the motor problems in children. This is the second study in a series that objectively assessed proprioceptive status in children with DCD and documents that DCD is indeed associated with a proprioceptive dysfunction, which likely contributes to the motor problems in children with DCD.

LIHP members publish in Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging

Michelle Harbin, M.S. and doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology and member of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is the lead author of an article published in the Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging. The article entitled “Intra- and inter-day reproducibility of low-flow mediated constriction response in young adults” examined the relationship of low-flow mediated constriction on maximal dilation during reactive hyperemia as well as the intra- and interday reproducibility of brachial low-flow mediated constriction. It was observed that low-flow mediated constriction did influence the maximal dilation during reactive hyperemia, however, low-flow mediated constriction was found to be variable limiting its potential as a marker of endothelia function.

Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and LIHP director, and Joe Ostrem, Ph.D., graduate of the School of Kinesiology are also co-authors on this article.

Michelle Harbin
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D.
Joe Ostrem, Ph.D.

Curry awarded NSF-funded graduate fellowship

Christopher Curry, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded an NSF-funded fellowship for 2018-19 through the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science, based on his strong interest in interdisciplinary research. The 12-month stipend of $34,000 provides comprehensive funding through the center’s training grant titled “NRT-UtB: Graduate training program in sensory science: Optimizing the information available for mind and brain“. Curry’s research focus is looking at ways that Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality devices could be used in rehabilitation settings for patients who may have sensory and motor deficits.

Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor of movement science in the School and Victoria Interrante, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are serving as Curry’s fellowship mentors.




UMD’s Mary Mullen celebration event on May 19

B&W image of Mary Muggs Mullen, smiling

A memorial event, “Celebrate the Life of Mary M. Mullen (February 1933 – December 2017)” will be held on May 19 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm at the U of Minn/Duluth’s Bagley Nature Center. Mary M. (Muggs) Mullen was a pioneer of women’s athletics and outdoor education who changed the UMD educational experience. Her tremendous caring and generosity extended a reach to many in a way that changed their lives. In honor of Mary, the “UMD Mary M Mullen Scholarship Fund” was created and provides an opportunity for women in physical education or outdoor education. It is through this scholarship that the advancement of women in these fields will support Mary’s legacy of opening doors for women and girls. The celebratory event will feature stories of Mary and a Memorial Bench Dedication; lunch will be served. Please RSVP.

Lewis named Fellow by the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Beth Lewis, Ph.D., director and professor in the School of Kinesiology, was named Fellow by the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) at their 39th annual conference held April 11-14 in New Orleans. The organization confers fellow status “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of behavioral medicine. Among the considerations for this distinction are academic, professional, clinical, legislative, or other meritorious accomplishments.”

At the conference, Lewis co-chaired a session, “How Do We Incentivize Physical Activity?” and presented a poster with postdoctoral fellow Katie Schuver, “The effect of exercise and wellness interventions on preventing postpartum depression and stress: The Healthy Mom II Trial.” She also presented another poster, “Effective and efficient email management in academic leadership roles.”

2018 Kinesiology Research Day showcases work of students, faculty

2018 Kinesiology Research Day held Friday, April 13, was a resounding success, showcasing the projects or involvement of 58 members of the School of Kinesiology. Held in Walter Library, the collection of research included seven research briefs, four paper presentations, and 21 poster presentations, as well as seven lab talks.

The School of Kinesiology Research Day is held annually and sponsored and organized by the Kinesiology Student Council. It is designed to present an opportunity for faculty members, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students to interact in an interdisciplinary forum, exchange ideas, and present their achievements.

Awards were presented in a number of categories (serious and not-so serious):

For more photos of the event see our Flickr album.

Research Awards:

People’s Choice for Best Poster (Undergraduate) – Madeline Czeck, B.S. student
People’s Choice for Best Poster (Graduate) – Katie Bisch, M.S. student
Faculty Choice for Best Research Brief – Morgan Betker, Ph.D. candidate

Miscellaneous Awards
‘Die Hard Award’ – Assistant professor Sarah Greising, for attending the whole day and showing so much support to all student participants!
‘Harshest Questions Award’ – Professor Jürgen Konczak, for making everybody second-guess their work
‘Best Dressed’ Award – Joey Kronzer, M.S. student
‘Herding Cats Award’ – Eydie Kramer, Ph.D. student, for all her work with the high school tours!
‘Drill Sergeant Award’ – Arash Mahnan, Ph.D. student, for making sure the event ran on schedule all day!

“Kin Research Day is a fabulous celebration of all the work happening in Kinesiology, and a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of research in our School,” says Madeleine Orr, co-chair of the Kinesiology Student Council. “We had a lot of fun putting it together and were very pleased with the turnout and energy at the event!”

High school and middle school students experience the School of Kinesiology first-hand

Students from a  Minneapolis high school and middle school visited the School of Kinesiology on April 13. Southwest High School and Venture Academy students toured the Recreation and Wellness Center, then the Southwest students visited Prof. Zan Gao’s Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (PAEL), while Venture Academy students heard Prof. Daheia Barr-Anderson describe her community projects in the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL). Later in the day, both groups stopped by to see the presentations at the 2018 Kinesiology Research Day, held in Walter Library.

The Southwest group was accompanied by Andrew Gross, a Kinesiology graduate of the Physical Education Licensure program, who teaches health and physical activity at the high school. The tour was arranged by Kinesiology undergraduate advisers Katie Koopmeiners and Colin Rogness, and assisted by Eydie Kramer, Kinesiology Ph.D. student and graduate assistant.

Orr Is Top 6 Finalist in 3MT® Regional Championships

Madeleine Orr, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate and 2017 winner of the University-wide Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), traveled to Grand Rapids, MI, for the 3MT® Regional Championships hosted by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools. She was accompanied by Scott Lanyon, Ph.D., U of M Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Education.

Contestants came from 39 different universities across the Midwest. Each had won their university’s competition. Orr advanced as a Regional Finalist (Top 6) and presented with the other finalists at the closing plenary of the event.

Orr will present at the U of M Board of Regents meeting in May, and will judge at the Natural Resource Science & Management 3MT® competition later this month. The U of M Graduate School will be using 3MT® training materials that Orr and Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Morgan Betker developed to use in workshops for graduate students interested in public speaking and public scholarship.

Stoffregen’s research highlighted in The Medical Republic


Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, was quoted in an article published in The Medical Republic about the consequences of humans’ predilection to motion sickness under various circumstances.

In “Ground Control to Major Vom,” the profound impact of motion sickness on astronauts in particular is explained and discussed. Stoffregen’s research on predicting an individual’s sensitivity to motion sickness based on body sway, called postural instability theory, is cited and Dr. Stoffregen is quoted. Based on his research, he describes his particular concerns regarding the impact of motion sickness on the virtual reality industry.

Kinesiology well-represented at Sport Social Justice Symposium

The U of M was host to the Social Justice Through Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium on April 5-7 at the Recreation and Wellness Center on the Twin Cities campus. A number of faculty, students, alumni, and associates from the School of Kinesiology (listed below) were involved in the program and presentations.

The symposium opened with welcoming remarks from the U of M’s Jean Quam, Ph.D., dean, CEHD; Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., co-director, Tucker Center;  and Anna Baeth, doctoral student in kinesiology and member of the organization’s Conference Committee.


  • Cultural Competence in Sports Medicine Psychology: Mental Health Concerns and Religious Coping as Marginalized Topics of Research and Intervention with Injured Athletes

    • Mental Health Concerns Among Athletes Sustaining Sports Related Concussions, Kristin N. Wood and Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.
    • Mental Health Concerns Among Athletes Sustaining Musculoskeletal Injuries, Francesca Principe and Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.
    • A Thematic Analysis of Religiosity and Spirituality in Coping with Sport Injuries, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., Kristin N. Wood, Andrew C. White, Ph.D., Amanda J. Wambach, and Victor J. Rubio, Ph.D. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • International Social Justice Efforts
    • The What, How, and Why of Community-Based Participatory Research for Empowering Physical Activity for All: A Tale of Two Social Justice Projects, Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., and Muna Mohamed
    • Creating Safe Space in a Hostile Place: Exploring the Marathon of Afghanistan Through the Lens of Safe Space, Madeleine Orr and Anna Baeth
  • Access to Physical Activity as a Social Justice Issue
    • Physical Literacy as a Social Justice Issue, Jennifer Bhalla (Pacific University)


  • International Sport Management and Social ResponsibilityLisa A. Kihl, Ph.D.
  • Social Justice: The Role of the Sport CoachNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., and Maya Hamilton, Ph.D.
  • Creating Social Change for Girls & Women in Sport: Tucker Center Education, Research and Outreach ProjectsNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Anna Baeth, Courtney Boucher, Mikinzee Salo, Veronica Rasmussen, Nicole Varichak, and Matea Wasend
  • The Paralympic Games: Who’s In and Who’s Left Out?, Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D.

Kinesiology’s Kramer presents, receives research award at NACSM Regional Meeting

Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Eydie Kramer, who is advised by Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., Kinesiology assistant professor and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory, presented a poster on Friday, April 6, at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM) Regional Meeting at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. Her poster, “Brief Interventions Mitigate Weight-Dependent Exercise and Healthy Eater Disparities in Adolescent Girls,” was co-authored with Barr-Anderson and  describes a pilot study conducted in summer 2017 in youth health camps located in Colorado and Wisconsin. Their poster was selected for the Annual ACSM President’s Cup Award, and will be showcased at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on May 31st, 2018.

Kramer also was selected to receive a $1,000 NACSM Student Research Award to fund her study this summer, “S.P.L.A.S.H. (Swimming. Positive Perceptions. Lifestyle-Change. Activity. Strength. Healthy Habits.) Into Fitness! A Behavioral Swim Camp and eHealth Intervention for Overweight and Obese Adolescent Girls.”

Click poster for enlargement.



MNDaily quotes Kihl on legislation for agent-student athlete protections

Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., sport management associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, was quoted in today’s Minnesota Daily on the new bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives to establish protections for student athletes who enter agreements with agents. The bill expands on existing legislation, the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, which was passed by the legislature in 2002. Kihl says the proposed legislation also provides an opportunity for student athletes and their families to be informed while making decisions. “It’s a big decision to go the pro route,” Kihl said in the article. “It’s important you have time to sit down and talk with family members.”

Dengel presents at Iowa State University

Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, presented at Iowa State University’s Department of Kinesiology on April 5, 2018. The title of Dengel’s talk was, “Developing a Teaching Laboratory for Kinesiology Sciences.”

Gao to participate in Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2018 on April 12

Dr. Zan Gao

On Thursday, April 12, Zan Gao, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, will be participating in the Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2018 sponsored by the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy. Gao will be joining fellow past Multicultural Award Recipients who are also presenting at the event. His presentation is titled “Feasibility of Smartphone Exercise Apps in Health Outcomes in Minority Breast Cancer Survivors.”

The symposium will be held in the Presidents Room, Coffman Memorial Union, at 12:15 p.m. (12:00 sign-in). The talks are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Stoffregen gives invited talk at conference at Concordia University


Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, gave an invited talk Friday, April 6, at the 2018 Sport Movement Skill Conference at Concordia University, St. Paul. He spoke on “Movement kinematics can predict individual susceptibility to mTBI.”  His work with former advisee Yi-Chou Chen, Ph.D., examined posture in relation to the fact that nausea and vomiting are common early symptoms of concussion and showed that objective measures of postural sway predict susceptibility to symptoms of mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) in competition boxers.

LaVoi featured in WCCO piece on Augusta National

WCCO/CBS Minnesota interviewed Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer, for an online piece, “Augusta National Turns New Page With Women’s Tournament.” LaVoi talks about the importance of women becoming members of the Club and how it impacts young girls and boys.

Augusta National road sign and woman golfer with video play button

Borton Endowment for Promotion of Girls & Women in Sport Leadership receives $10k donation

image of Pam Borton, smiling with grey shirt and magenta scarfThe Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership fund, established in 2014 and housed in the Tucker Center for Girls & Women in Sport, recently received a $10,000 gift in support of the Borton Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to promote leadership among girls and women within a sports context. Since its inception, three outstanding Kinesiology and Sport Management graduate students have received the Fellowship: Marnie Kinnaird, Caroline Heffernan, and Matea Wasend.

The Fellowship is named after former University of Minnesota head women’s basketball coach, Pam Borton, who was named to the position in 2002. Borton created a culture of excellence within the women’s program both on and off the court. Averaging 20 wins per season in her 12-year tenure at the U of M, Borton guided the Golden Gophers to a Final Four, three Sweet Sixteens, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three seasons of 25 or more wins. She is the winningest head coach in the program’s history. Under Borton’s guidance, female student-athletes achieved unparalleled academic success: Her teams earned an overall 3.0 grade-point average every year of her tenure. Borton’s Gophers also garnered a league-best 88 Academic All-Big Ten honorees over the span of her coaching career.

Kinesiology senior Groshens presents at NASCM meeting

Emily Groshens, a fourth-year kinesiology undergraduate major graduating in May, will present a poster titled, “A Qualitative Assessment of Family Influence on Weight-Related Behaviors among African-Americans” at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine Regional Meeting (NASCM) at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul on Friday, April 6.

Along with serving as an undergraduate research assistant with Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D. and the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL) for the past two years, Emily is a member of the Kinesiology Student Council and a familiar face in the School as Kinesiology as she is one of the student interns in the main office.

Kinesiology Ph.D. students McDonough and Peterson receive Professional Development Awards

Two School of Kinesiology graduate students have received Professional Development Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Daniel McDonough, Ph.D. student in the Physical Activity and Health emphasis, and Nicolette Peterson, Ph.D. student in the Movement Science emphasis, will each receive $4,000 to help cover costs related to conference registration, travel, special research equipment and supplies, and technology items related to their studies.

McDonough is advised by Zan Gao, Ph.D., and is a member of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (PAEL). Peterson is advised by Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., and is a member of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL).