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CEHD Scholarship Donor & Recipient Luncheon held April 20

The College of Education and Human Development hosted a college-wide scholarship donor and recipient luncheon, the annual “CEHD Celebration of Scholars,” on April 20 at McNamara Alumni Center that included several of the School of Kinesiology‘s own. At the event, alumni and friends met and learned more about CEHD and the student award recipients and offered thanks to the donors.

Pictured below (left to right) are: philanthropists MaryJo and Guy Smith; Caroline Heffernan, 2016-17 recipient of the Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership; Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., Professor and Tucker Center Director; Beth Lewis, Ph.D., Professor and School of Kinesiology Director.

image of five people standing close together and smiling: MaryJo and Guy Smith, Caroline Heffernan, Mary Jo Kane, Beth Lewis

Pictured below (left to right) are: Steven J. Lipovetsky, 2017-18 recipient of the Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award; Dr. Mike Mueller, mother of Edie Mueller and, with her late husband Dr. Van Mueller, originator of the Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award and the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center; Hailee Moehnke and Kristin Wood, 2017-18 recipients of the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center.

image of four people standing close together facing the camera and smiling: Steven Lipovetsky, Dr. Mike Mueller, Hailee Moehnke, Kristin Wood

Barr-Anderson publishes in Journal of Adolescent Health

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory, published along with colleagues from the School of Public Health a manuscript brief in the Journal of Adolescent Health (impact factor of 3.612).

The publication titled “Physical Activity and Sociodemographic Correlates of Adolescent Exergamers” examines demographic and behavioral characteristics of adolescents who engage in active video games, or exergamers.



Seven School of Kinesiology classes make “15 best UMN classes” list from the Odyssey

In the article, “The 15 Best UMN Classes You Didn’t Know Existed,” published in The Odyssey Online,  seven classes offered by the School of Kinesiology are highlighted. The courses mentioned are a part of Recreation Administration and the Physical Activity Program.

Three Recreation Administration course take first place: REC 2151 Outdoor and Camp Leadership (recognized for its unique class structure and trip to the Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconsin), REC 3322 Outdoor Recreation Winter Skills, REC 3321 Outdoor Recreation 3-Season Skills, and REC 4311 Programming for Outdoor and Environmental Education. PE 1205 Scuba and Skin Diving takes second, and PE 1033 Foil Fencing took third. REC 4301 Wilderness and Adventure Education in Belize ranks in as ninth on the list.

Kinesiology’s adviser nominated U of M advisory board co-chair

School of Kinesiology adviser Katie Koopmeiners has been nominated the co-chair of the U of M’s Academic Advisory Network (AAN) board for the 2018-19 academic year. The AAN fosters opportunities for professional growth, personal development, and community building for advisors and student services professionals from across the Twin Cities campus. It also provides a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas and information regarding academic advising within the University community.

Koopmeiners advises undergraduate major students in recreation education and sport management, as well as minor students in coaching, health & wellness promotion, outdoor & recreation education, and sport management.

Kristin Farrell, the School’s honors program academic adviser, will be a member on the AAN board during the 2018-19 academic year.

Grad student Michelle Harbin lead author of research publication

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 a peer-reviewed article, entitled “Associations of sex, age and adiposity in endothelium-independent dilation in children“. The article is published in the journal Physiological Measurement and examines the association of age, sex and obesity on vascular smooth muscle function. It was observed that vascular smooth muscle function was significantly lower in male children and adolescents suggesting that impaired vascular smooth muscle function and increased cardiovascular disease risk among males may begin in childhood.

Co-authors of this publication in the School of Kinesiology are Hanan Zavala, a current graduate student and Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor and LIHP director.

Michelle Harbin
Hanan Zavala
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D.

Weiss’s work with innovative program, Girls on the Run, featured in Connect

Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, was featured along with her research in the Spring issue of Connect, the magazine of the College of Education and Human Development.

The article, Girls on the Run, focuses on Weiss’s work in determining the success of an innovative youth development program that uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and healthy habits. Girls on the Run was started in 1996 in Charlotte, NC, with a small group of 13 girls, and has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Weiss’ study was designed to evaluate whether the organization was effective in achieving its goals. Her study results revealed that girls participating in the program compared favorably to a control group in their ability to manage emotions, resolve conflict, help others, and make intentional decisions. In addition, girls who started the program below the group average made
dramatic and lasting improvement in physical activity level, confidence, and connection to others.


LaVoi, Tucker Center report data cited in the Kansan

The University of Kansas’ Daily Kansan article, “Kansas athletes and coaches see importance in women leadership,” cites data available in the Tucker Center‘s Women Coaches Research Series & Report Card and quotes Tucker Center Co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., with the Kansas’ low report card score and LaVoi speaking on what language such as “choosing the best coach” is actually code for.

Fourth China Champions cohort graduates

Wen Tong, Yilin Yang, Jill Griffiths, Yafei Chu, Fei Xie, Shujiao Jin

Participants in the fourth annual China Champions Program (CCP) were celebrated at their Graduation Celebration on Thursday, April 19, at Burton Hall Atrium. Jean Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Beth Lewis, director of the School of Kinesiology, Li Li Ji, professor and founder of the program, and Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean for Global Programs and Strategy Alliance highlighted the importance of this cultural and educational exchange between the University of Minnesota and Beijing Sport University.

During the 2017-18 academic year, the five Chinese Olympic and world champion athletes in the China Champions Program (CCP) attended specially designed courses in the School of Kinesiology. CCP provides academic courses, seminars, workshops and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to elite athletes from China as a collaborative educational project with Beijing Sport University (BSU).

Guests at the Graduation Celebration were impressed with a slideshow and a performance that highlighted the scholar-athlete’s experiences during their time in Minnesota. Special thanks goes to Jill Griffiths, director of the 2017-18 China Champions Program, who organized a comprehensive schedule of outreach opportunities and social events in addition to the educational program.

Congratulations to this year’s participants in the China Champions Program!

  • Fei Xie (Sophia), Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Shujiao Jin (Caroline), Judo
  • Wen Tong (Wendy), Judo
  • Yafei Chu (Robert), Race Walking
  • Yilin Yang (Amy), Gymnastics

See Flickr photos and the performance video clip:



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.

New Gopher asst coach, Kinesiology alumna Roysland Curry named CEHD Rising Alumni

Kelly Roysland Curry, School of Kinesiology alumna in Sport Management (B.S. in 2007) and Kinesiology (M.Ed. in 2009), was named a  2018 Rising Alumni this month by the CEHD Alumni Society, which recognizes “rising alumni from across our college who have achieved early distinction in their careers, demonstrated emerging leadership, or shown exceptional volunteer service in their communities.” On April 23, she became the new assistant coach for the Gopher Women’s Basketball team.

Roysland Curry played for the Gophers from 2004-07, and coached both at the U of M and at Macalester College after graduation, demonstrating her skills and leadership on the court and with her work in the community. She will be assisting Lindsay Whalen, another Kinesiology alumna, who is new head coach of Gopher Women’s Basketball.


Dual degree M.Ed. student Yue Xue publishes in International Review of Sociology of Sport

Yue Xue

Yue Xue, Sport Management M.Ed. student, has published a paper in the journal, International Review of Sociology of Sport. She is the lead author on the article, “Media portrayal of sportswomen in East Asia: A systematic review.”

Xue is in the dual degree program for the M.Ed. in Sport Management, a collaboration between Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and the School of Kinesiology. She and fellow student Shulin Li began the program last fall.  Xue was a student in KIN5511 Sport and Gender taught by Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., and Buysse encouraged her to publish the project/paper that she wrote for the class. “I really appreciate Dr. Buysse’s encouragement and help,” says Xue. “I also appreciate that the Kinesiology department provides such an amazing class.”

Xue and Li were highlighted in an article last fall in All Things Kinsidered.

Ph.D. candidate Katlyn Koepp receives research award from Mayo Clinic

Katlyn Koepp, Kinesiology doctoral candidate and member of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), recently received the Department of Cardiovascular Disease Circulatory Failure Research Award from the Mayo Clinic. The grant project, titled “Exercise Capacity and Abdominal Visceral Adipose Tissue in non-HFpEF controls,” will examine the roles of aerobic capacity and abdominal visceral adipose tissue in heart failure patients.

Koepp is advised by Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the LIHP.


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.

C&I Ph.D. candidate wins competitive P.E.O. Scholar Award

Jeanna Wieselmann, a Ph.D. candidate in STEM Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the highly competitive P.E.O. Scholar Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. Wieselmann was one of 100 winners selected from 741 applicants to receive the $15,000 award based on her scholarship, academic achievement, and career goals. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women. The P.E.O. Scholar award is specifically for women within two years of completing a doctoral level degree.

Wieselmann is studying gender equity in STEM Education and has been the recipient of a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship, as well as a WPLC graduate award.

Learn more about the STEM Education Ph.D. program and research in STEM Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

TESL minor students wins the Critical Language scholarship to study abroad

Sydney Michael, a junior in the  Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minor, received the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship. The award offers students the opportunity to take part in intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences abroad as part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. The scholarship is highly competitive, with less than ten percent of applicants accepted.

Michael, an Asian Languages and Literature major, will use the scholarship to study Japanese for eight to ten weeks in the environmentally conscious town of Hikone.

“I’m hoping this experience abroad in a society that differs from American society will help me develop my intercultural competence and allow me to become a better global citizen in today’s hyper-connected world,” Michael says.

She credits her coursework for preparing her to study abroad, especially CI 3613 which focuses on intercultural communications. “Much of what I’ve learned from class has positively impacted my life as a language learner, improved my communicative competence, and generally prepared me to live a fulfilling life as a global citizen.”

Learn more about the Second Language Education programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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.”

Kinesiology alumna Lindsay Whalen hired as head coach of Gopher Women’s Basketball

School of Kinesiology alumna and beloved U of M and professional basketball player Lindsay Whalen has been hired as head coach of Gopher women’s basketball.

Whalen, who was starting point guard for the Gophers from 2000 to 2004, was a three-time All-America star. During her tenure, she was the program’s all-time scoring leader at 2,285 points, and her powerful presence propelled women’s basketball into the forefront at the University. Average attendance at Williams Arena increased more than 900% during her career as a Gopher.

After four years playing for the U of M, Whalen was drafted by the Connecticut Sun and played for six seasons before returning to Minnesota in 2010 to play for the Minnesota Lynx. She graduated from the School of Kinesiology in 2006 with a B.S. in Sport Science (now Sport Management). She will continue to play for the Lynx and coach for the Gophers.

A few of the many media reports, including Whalen’s press conference, are linked below.