Category Archives: PASS Lab

LaVoi gives public lecture at Arizona State

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, will be doing a public lecture at Arizona State University on March 14. Her talk is entitled, “The Paradox of Women in Strong Leadership,” and addresses gender discrimination, unfair double standards, and both explicit and unconscious gender bias in the hiring process.

Tucker Center research referenced at Women in Sports panel in Chicago

Tucker Center  research on media coverage for women’s sports was cited in an article appearing on The DePaulia online site, “Jean Lenti Posetto and Doug Bruno talk DePaul and women’s sports at symposium.” The symposium, held in Chicago, featured a panel of Chicago-based sports professionals who agreed that they were “tired of continuously fighting for equal female rights within the world of sports.”

The symposium was jointly sponsored by Chicago Sports Net and DePaul University, and gave attendees a first look at their upcoming six-part documentary, “Tomboy,” that takes a deeper look into the involvement of women in sports. The article cites the Tucker Center’s statistic that only four percent of all sports coverage includes women’s sports.

Russell, White, and Wiese-Bjornstal publish study in Sage Publications

School of Kinesiology alumna Hayley Russell, Ph.D. (2014), is the lead author on an article just released by Sage Publications. Co-authors are Andrew White, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, and their adviser, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., Kinesiology professor. Dr. Russell is currently a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.

The complete citation is: Russell, H. C., White, A. C., & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M. (2017). Physical and psychological changes during marathon training and running injuries: An interdisciplinary, repeated-measures approach. SAGE research methods cases. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Arizona Sonora News cites LaVoi, coaches research series

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageThe Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport research report series, Women Coaches Research Series & Report Card, and the author, Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, are cited in an Arizona Sonora News article, “Women continue to be neglected in NCAA Division I athletics,” featuring Erika Barnes, University of Arizona Interim Athletic Director.

MN Spokesman-Recorder cites LaVoi’s longitudinal research

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in “Men still coach majority of women’s collegiate teams,” a Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder article by Charles Hallman. The article interviews LaVoi, citing data in her extensive, longitudinal research on coaching trends, most recently the fifth in the Women Coaches Research Series & Report Card.

Minnesota Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women quotes Tucker Center’s Mary Jo Kane

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in the Women’s Sports & the Media and Legislative Update Newsletter from the Minnesota Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. In an analysis of the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s sports section’s percentage of men’s  vs. women’s article, Kane’s comments help interpret the data regarding media coverage.

MomEnough podcast interviews LaVoi on sport parent behavior

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was interviewed in podcast for a Mom Enough website article, “Being a Good Sport Parent: Practical Guidance on Bringing Out the Best in Your Young Athlete.” LaVoi is cited for doing work to improve “positive attitudes and behavior to support children’s development as athletes and people of character.”

Wiese-Bjornstal will present at Florida State University’s SPEAR conference

Wiese-BjornstalD-2015On February 9, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab,  will be the keynote speaker at  Florida State University’s Sport Professionals’ Experience and Research (SPEAR) conference hosted by the student-led graduate organization, Sport Psychology Organization & Research Team (SPORT). Dr. Wiese-Bjornstal will be giving two invited lectures about evidence-based research and evidence-based practice in sports medicine psychology.

Wiese-Bjornstal, alumna Russell, publish in SAGE Research Methods

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Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Ph.D. alumna Hayley Russell, ’14, have published a research methods case study in SAGE Research Methods Cases. Russell is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. The case is titled “A Narrative Approach to Understanding Psychological Stories of Overuse Injuries Among Long-Distance Runners,” and it investigates the experiences of athletes with overuse injuries, specifically long-distance runners, by means of a narrative methodology.

Read the full study here.

 

InsideHigherEd cites just-released Tucker Center Women Coaches Report

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageAn article appearing on the InsideHigherEd online site, “Report: Hiring of Women’s Coaches Stagnates,” features a Tucker Center newly released report, “Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division-I Institutions, 2016-17.” The report, one of several in the fifth year of the series, is authored by Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology faculty Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. The InsideHigherEd piece focuses on both the lack of decline but also the continued underrepresentation of women coaches of women’s sports in the collegiate arena.

LaVoi, Tucker Center’s Women Coaches Report Card featured on espnW

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageThe Tucker Center‘s “Women Coaches Research Series & Report Card,” authored by co-director and School of Kinesiology faculty Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, is featured in an online espnW article, “Tucker Center report: Number of women college coaches still not making the grade.” The report is quoted multiple times within the article, discussing the impact women coaches have on the diversity and culture of sports.

Tucker Center announces 2016-17 NCAA Division I Women Coaches Report

Women coaches Report, NCAA DI 2016-17 cover with two women high-fiving over a golf bagIn honor of the February 1 National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Tucker Center, in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is proud to announce the release of “Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Report on Select NCAA Division-I Institutions, 2016-17,” the latest in the Women Coaches Research Series and Report Card. Forty plus years after the passage of Title IX, female sport participation is at an all-time high but the percentage of women coaching women at the collegiate level is stagnant and near an all-time low of ~40% today.

To read the full report, discover the many ways the report is making a difference, and learn about interesting trends (including insight into which of the 86 select “big time” NCAA Division-I institutions, sports and conferences receive passing and failing grades), view the report here.

Minnesota Girls & Women in Sports Day is Wednesday!

National Girls & Women in Sport Day logoThe Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport is proud to celebrate the 31st Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Wednesday, February 1. NGWSD is the premiere occasion to celebrate the participation, success, and accomplishments of girls and women athletes. As part of the celebration the Tucker Center is screening “The Founders,” a film about the “13 women who together battled society, prejudice, and preconception to create a lasting, global sporting legacy in golf.”  Members of the Tucker Team will be at the Minnesota History Museum to help honor one of those extraordinary women, Patty Berg, who will receive a Minnesota Legacy Award at the annual Minnesota Girls & Women in Sport Day.

Lakeland Ledger quotes LaVoi on difficulty finding women coaches

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in the Lakeland Ledger article, “Local colleges say it’s difficult finding female coaches.” LaVoi says the overarching reason “has to do with systemic bias in college athletics.”

Kane discusses gender gap in sports on CEHD 2020 Vision blog

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, has a featured post in the CEHD Vision 2020 blog. Based on the research conducted in the Tucker Center, Kane’s post, “Progress and Inequality: Women’s Sports and the Gender Gap”  discusses current aspects of this topic.

YWCA/Schwan Foods panel features Tucker Center’s LaVoi, others on “Developing Women in Leadership”

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 imageNicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport,  is one of five featured panelists for a discussion on “Developing Women in Leadership” sponsored by the YWCA of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Women Invested in Leadership and Learning (W.I.L.L.), Schwan Food Company, St. Jude Medical Foundation, and BMO Harris Bank. The discussion will take place at the TCF Bank Stadium’s DQ Club Room on January 23 at 6pm. Others athletes, professionals and leaders featured include: Julie Manning, Executive Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator for Gopher Athletics; Peyton N. Owens, III, Assistant Athletic Director in charge of Student-Athlete Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Varsity Club, and Sports Oversight for Women’s Golf; Kate Nau, Senior Vice President of Finance & Corporate Treasurer for the Schwan Food Company; and Julianne Bye (moderator), Director of Individual and Planned Giving at the YWCA of Minneapolis.

LaVoi quoted in NCAA Champion feature on women coaches

Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director, 2013 image A feature article in the NCAA’s Champion online magazine, “Where are the Women?” quotes Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and her “Women Coaches Research Series & Report Card” research.

Lewis interviewed for online article, “2017’s Best and Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle”

Beth Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, is one of the experts interviewed for WalletHub’s online article, “2017’s Best and Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.” The article lists criteria used for evaluating the cities and ranks them. (Minneapolis received an overall ranking of 6 out of 100 cities.)

Dr. Lewis was one of a panel of experts who responded to questions about how people and their families can incorporate active lifestyle changes in their lives, and how to influence change at the policy level. Read the story and Dr. Lewis’s interview here.

 

Kane on Rousey loss and women’s MMA future

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in The Guardian’sWill Ronda Rousey’s downfall kill female UFC? Don’t panic just yet” on Rousey’s recent and second consecutive loss in women’s MMA to Amanda Nunes and what it means for the future of women’s mixed martial arts.

“The Founders”: Tucker Center Film Festival, February 8 at TCF Stadium DQ Room

The Tucker Center has selected the film “The Founders” for its 2017 Tucker Center Film Festival, to be held February 8 at 6:30pm in the TCF Stadium DQ Room. “The Founders” is “an iconic story of 13 women who together battled society, prejudice, and preconception to create a lasting, global sporting legacy in golf.” The screening is free and open to the public and, of course, there will be popcorn.