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Koenig pens commentary on helping children think critically

Melissa Koenig
Melissa Koenig, Ph.D.

Melissa Koenig, Ph.D., a professor in the Institute of Child Development, recently published a commentary in NBC News Think on how we can help children think critically in the era of “fake news.”

Koenig collaborated with Valerie Tiberius, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Minnesota, on the piece.

In the commentary, Koenig and Tiberius discuss recent child development research that shows that young children are able to identify false information without prior training and that children prefer to learn from those who are familiar, dominant, or attractive.

According to Koenig and Tiberius, this research suggests that “children would benefit from seeing their culturally favored sources — parents, teachers, family, clergy, political leaders — admit to the limits of their knowledge, openly discuss their mistakes, profess their doubts and make their uncertainty clear.”

DeJaeghere presents on new book “Educating Entrepreneurial Citizens”

Joan DeJaeghere, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was invited to present her new book, Educating Entrepreneurial Citizens, at the University of Dar es Salaam’s Institute of Development Studies in Tanzania, and she presented at a book panel at the African Studies Association in Chicago in November. The book is a critical examination of how entrepreneurship and livelihood programs are implemented for youth, and considers how neoliberal influences on education are being reshaped in local contexts.

DeJaeghere conducts seminars for Vietnam Institute of Education Sciences

Joan DeJaeghere, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) and co-principal investigator of the Research on Improving Education Systems in Vietnam (RISE), gave a one week seminar in October, 2017 on conducting qualitative research in schools and classrooms to researchers from the Vietnam Institute of Education Sciences (VNIES), a partner in the RISE project. In December, she gave another one week seminar to researchers from VNIES on analyzing qualitative data – interviews and classroom observations. While the main purpose of the seminars was to support the research of RISE, it also offers a group of Vietnamese researchers continuing professional development in the area of qualitative research.

LaVoi speaks at NCAA Convention Inclusion Workshop

Nicole M. LaVoi

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, spoke at the NCAA Convention Office of Inclusion Workshop & Sessions Women in Athletics: Initiatives for Progress. Her talk was titled, “Athletic Director Best Practices for Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Women Coaches.” Her session examined women’s progress in athletics and focused on areas needing improvement, such as increasing the representation of women—particularly women of color—in coaching and administration. Dr. LaVoi spoke especially about research around recruiting, hiring and retaining women coaches.

 

Instructor profile: Ginny Zeyer, special ed D.D. supervisor and adviser

Virginia (Ginny) Zeyer head shot
Virginia (Ginny) Zeyer

Ginny Zeyer started her special education career at 16 years old, babysitting a child with autism. Her drive and willingness to learn led her to earn licenses in every disability, develop work and transition programs, alternative education, and administration. Now, she finds herself as a supervisor of the developmental disabilities (DD) program at the University of Minnesota.

Growing up, Ginny thought she wanted to be an elementary teacher.

“The more I worked in special education, the more passionate I got. I saw an opportunity for how much more we could be doing as educators.”

She continues, “There’s so much you can do in special education. You can teach disabilities, build curriculum, develop programs in schools. I’ve written grants to help at-risk students in a work program and had the opportunity to start a new alternative education school.”

In the Department of Educational Psychology, Ginny loves working with younger teachers.
“It’s nice to feel like I have so much impact on them from my background and experiences. I give them ideas, and they give me ideas. I’m constantly learning, and the students here are very appreciative.” Zeyer says.

Ginny’s advice to students: “Take advantage of all the learning that happens in the classroom. It will prepare you to have a successful teaching experience. Also, build relationships with your professors. It will help you progress through all the skills you need, and they know what skills you need.”

Outside of work, Ginny enjoys cooking and trying new recipes (chicken piccata, creme brule, sweet potato gnocchi, etc.). She also enjoys spending time with her 19 year old grandson who lives in the Twin Cities.

This article was originally written by Ciara Metzger.

Lewis publishes article on sleep pattern changes and postpartum depressive symptoms

Beth Lewis, Ph.D., director and professor in the School of Kinesiology, has published the article “The effect of sleep pattern changes on postpartum depressive symptoms in BMC Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed, open access journal with a focus on the physical, mental, and emotional health of women.

The study finds an increased risk for depressive symptoms later in the postpartum phase if sleep problems with postpartum women worsen or show only minimal improvement over time. One conclusion recommends a six-week postpartum clinic visit to educate women about potential worsening of sleep patterns and to provide strategies for preventing sleep-related problems in order to decrease the risk of postpartum depression.

One of the co-authors is Katie Schuver, Ph.D., research associate in Lewis’s Exercise and Mental Health Laboratory.

Rose Vukovic receives ‘Thank a Teacher’ note from student

Rose Vukovic

The Center for Education Innovation’s (CEI), Thank a Teacher program provides an opportunity for students to recognize their teachers that have made a positive impact on their education and development through unsolicited feedback. Dr. Rose Vukovic, director of undergraduate studies and associate professor in the special education program recently received one of these “thank you” notes in an official letter from CEI, showcasing her continued impact on students’ lives.

The note reads:

“Thank you so much for a great semester Rose. The environment you made in the classroom made it such a nice place to want to come and learn more each session. I feel I have gained a lot of knowledge from this class and that is all because of the way you presented the material and made it such a welcoming and connected learning environment.

-Tara Ostendorf”

This is not the first CEI “thank you” note Rose has received. View the other letter.

Have you had a teacher that has made a difference in your education? Visit CEI’s website to thank them.

Kinesiology’s Morgan Betker nominated for Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award

Morgan Betker

Morgan Betker, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, was nominated by the U of M Graduate School for the prestigious Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award. As the only doctoral student nominated, Betker will represent the U of M at MAGS’ 2018 regional competition. The award will be presented at the MAGS 74rd Annual Meeting, April 4-6, 2018, in Grand Rapids, MI.

MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes and encourages graduate students for future service as college and university faculty. It supports the Council of Graduate Schools’ (CGS) efforts to promote Preparing Future Faculty to meet needs in academia.

Betker is pursuing her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology, advised by Dr. Beth Lewis.

 

 

Kihl is editor, co-author of new book on corruption in sport

Corruption in SportKihlLisa A. Kihl, Ph.D., associate professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology has published an edited book titled Corruption in Sport: Causes, Consequences, and Reform. Published by Routledge, the book is a seminal text that explores the complexity of sport corruption in terms of its conceptualization, measurement, causes, consequences, reform, and future research. Corruption in sport is part of the “Routledge Research in Sport and Corruption” series.

Kihl wrote four of the chapters and was co-author on another. The book is available in print or as an

Tucker Center’s Kane, LaVoi publish in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal

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

Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., Tucker Center director and professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Tucker Center co-director and Kinesiology senior lecturer, have published an article in the Human Kinetics journal,  Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. The article, “An Examination of Intercollegiate Athletic Directors’ Attributions Regarding the Underrepresentation of Female Coaches in Women’s Sports,” describes a Tucker Center research study surveying college athletic administrators to determine current-day perceptions regarding the underrepresentation of female head coaches.

Tseng publishes on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) in Journal of Motor Behavior

Juergen Konczak, Ph.D.
Dr. Konczak
Y-Ling Tseng
Dr. Tseng

Yu-Ting Tseng, Ph.D. (2017), former advisee of Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, is primary author on an article recently published in Journal of Motor Behavior.  The article is titled “Position Sense Dysfunction Affects Proximal and Distal Arm Joints in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. ”
Co-authors are Chia-Liang Tsai (National Cheng Kung Univeristy, Taiwan,), Fu-Chen Chen (National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan), and Jürgen Konczak.

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects up to 6% of all school-age children. Children with DCD have problems with coordinating  movements, may have balance problems and show poor motor skill learning. This study assessed wrist joint position sense in a cohort of Taiwanese middle school children with DCD and related it to the observable motor deficits. Results document that children with DCD is associated with proprioceptive dysfunction of the wrist/hand complex, which likely contributes to the motor problems in children with DCD.

Yu-ting Tseng is currently a post-doc at the Division of Child Health Research, Institute of Population Health Sciences in the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) in Zhunan, Taiwan.

Testing wrist proprioception in children in Taiwan

 

Gao and colleagues publish in BioMed Research International

Dr. Zan Gao
Gao
Nan Zeng
Zeng

Zan Gao, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology associate professor, has published an article with colleagues in BioMed Research International.  This study synthesized literature concerning casual evidence of effects of various physical activity programs on motor skills and cognitive development in typically developed preschool children. Of the five studies, four (80%) showed significant and positive changes in language learning, academic achievement, attention, and working memory.

Nan Zeng, lead author on the article, is a Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology and is advised by Dr. Gao.

The full citation:
Effects of Physical Activity on Motor Skills and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: A Systematic Review.” N. Zeng, M. Ayyub, H. Sun, X Wen, P Xiang, Z. Gao. BioMed Research International, 2017.

 

 

Stoffregen and colleagues publish in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance

School of Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., and co-authors Chih-Hui Chang, Wei-Ching Kung, and Fu-Chen Chen, have published an article in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. The article, “Effects of Physical Driving Experience on Body Movement and Motion Sickness During Virtual Driving,” studied body movement and motion sickness reactions of individuals, separated by age/experience driving physical automobiles, during driving of virtual automobiles in a video game.

Dr. Chen and Dr. Chang are both School of Kinesiology Ph.D. graduates, and Dr. Change was a visiting scholar in the School in 2012.

 

 

Lewis and McAvoy are featured in December 2017 issue of Connect

Connect, the magazine of the College of Education and Human Development, features two School of Kinesiology faculty/emeritus faculty in the December 2017 issue.

Beth Lewis, Ph.D., School director and professor, is featured in “Healthy Moms,” a story about her research in the areas of motivational interventions for physical activity and the relationship between exercise and mental health, and her pivotal studies focused on the role of exercise in preventing postpartum depression. She is also working on a new research project on postpartum depression prevention beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the postpartum phase.

Leo McAvoy, Ph.D., professor emeritus of recreation, park, and leisure studies in the School, was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award last July, the highest honor presented to a University alumnus.  “Everybody outside!” recounts his many years as an inspiring, involved, and beloved professor and scholar, driven by deep commitment to and respect for the power of nature and his belief in the value of hands-on education.

East African Mother-Daughter study participants celebrate “graduation”

image of Muna Mohamed and Chelsey Thul
Muna Mohamed and Chelsey Thul

On December 1, the study, “Impact of an East African Mother-Daughter Physical Activity Program and Co-Designed Activewear” (a follow-up to Thul and colleagues’ 2013-15 study, “Impact of Culturally Sensitive Apparel Co-Design on the Physical Activity of East African Adolescent Girls”), held a “graduation party” at the Cedar Riverside Community School in Minneapolis to celebrate the completion of their year-long, ground-breaking study.  The study introduced young East African girls and their mothers to ways to engage in healthy living and included the design and production of culturally sensitive activewear.

The study was conducted by:

  • Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, together with:
  • Muna Mohamed, kinesiology graduate student;
  • Elizabeth Bye, Ph.D., professor and department head of the Apparel Design Program in the College of Design;
  • Robin Carufel, apparel design graduate student;
  • Jennifer Weber, community partnership coordinator and student activities director, Cedar Riverside Community School; and
  • Mary Marczak, director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation, U of M Extension.

Beginning last January, East African daughters and their mothers in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood met every Monday evening for 10 weeks at the People’s Center to participate in physical activities (e.g., basketball, yoga, strength training), learn about healthy eating, prepare and eat a healthy snack together, and design their own culturally appropriate physical activity outfit. They also learned sewing basics, including how to sew on a button, use sewing machines, and sew a bag to carry their activewear. After the weekly programming ended and while the activewear was being produced, the program facilitated every other month field trips to the Science Museum, Minnesota Zoo, and YWCA that continued to incorporate physical activity and healthy eating.

At the graduation, the daughters and mothers had fun revealing and wearing their new outfits, enjoying a celebratory meal and cake, receiving program completion certifications, and opening their thank you gifts including an additional gym bag, athletic shoes, and a three-month family gym membership.

This project is supported by a grant from University of Minnesota Extension. Survey data was collected throughout the program. Additionally, focus groups were conducted with the daughters and mothers prior to the graduation to learn about their experiences with the program, as well as the impact the physical activity and nutrition lessons and experiences and new activewear have had on their healthy living. The data will be analyzed this spring…Stay tuned for the results!

See more photos here …

Elangovan, Konczak publish in Nature Scientific Reports

Naveen Elangovan Ph.D.
Dr. Elangovan

Naveen Elangovan, Ph.D., post-doctorate researcher the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL), is the first author of an article titled “A robot-aided visuo-motor training that improves proprioception and spatial accuracy of untrained movement” that is published in The Nature Scientific Reports.

The study examined to what extent a sensory training of body leads to improvements in motor function.  The study found that a short 45-min training is already sufficient to see changes in the accuracy of perceiving joint position and joint movement. This project was a collaboration with engineering colleagues at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and Harvard University, USA. Co-authors are former HSCL member Joshua Aman, Ph.D. and lab director Jürgen Konczak,  Ph.D.

LaVoi participates in 43rd class of NCAA Women Coaches Academy

image of Nicole LaVoi and Missy Price smiling
Nicole Lavoi, Missy Price

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, participated in the 43rd class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) and the inaugural master class of Academy 2.0 hosted by the Alliance of Women Coaches (AWC) in Englewood, CO, last week.

Forty-eight female coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Divisions I, II and III gathered for four days of non-sport-specific educational training at the NCAA WCA. In response to a desire for additional growth opportunities from graduates of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, the Alliance created Academy 2.0, a master class for WCA graduates. Class #1 of Academy 2.0 consisted of ten female coaches representing various sports across the country.

Missy Price, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2010 and was advised by the School of Kinesiology’s Maureen Weiss, Ph.D.,  was selected as the Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Award winner for Academy 2.0 Class #1. Price is the head soccer coach at Wellesley College.

Graduate School announces Kinesiology Ph.D. Madeline Orr winner of University-wide 3MT® Competition

Madeleine Orr accepts her prize with School of Kinesiology supporters. From left, Nina Wang, graduate student coordinator; Dr. Michael Wade , DGS; Dr. Beth Lewis, director of the School of Kinesiology; Orr; and Dr. Yuhei Inoue, Orr’s adviser.

Congratulations to Madeleine Orr, Kinesiology Ph.D. student in the Sport Management emphasis,  who won the Second Annual University-wide 3MT® Competition held December 1. The competition, sponsored by the Graduate School, featured finalists from collegiate- and campus-level competitions. Orr will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition in Spring 2018. She also was awarded a $500 prize.

The competition was covered by the Star Tribune in the December 18 Variety section.

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise is designed to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills along with the ability to quickly explain research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Orr’s presentation is titled “The Rhetoric vs. the Reality of Sport Event Legacies.” She placed first in CEHD’s 3MT® Competition last spring. She is advised by sport management assistant professor Yuhei Inoue.

 

Dengel publishes article in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Donald Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, is a co-author of an article recently published online in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

This article titled “The Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Arterial Stiffness of Pediatric Mucopolysaccharidosis Patients Are Increased Compared to Both Pediatric and Adult Controls” examined vascular health in children with the genetic disease mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). The data from this study suggested that children with mucopolysaccharidoses demonstrated a “structural vascular age” similar to adults who were 40 years older. Indicating the advanced development of cardiovascular disease.

 

Gao delivers graduate course at Hunan University

Huan University graduate students participating in course lectured by Dr. Gao

Zan Gao, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory, has been selected as the Foreign Outstanding Instructor by Hunan University in the People’s Republic of China in 2017. Hunan University is a top tier research university in China.

During his trip in November 2017, Gao delivered a graduate course titled “Emerging Technology in Physical Activity and Health Promotion” to approximately 30 graduate students at Hunan University (Changsha, China). This course was designed for graduate students to develop an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of what it means to introduce and apply emerging technologies in physical activity and healthcare settings. It demonstrated the important role emerging technologies play in a grand societal challenge – health/wellbeing – within the dramatically changing society. In addition, students were exposed to a variety of real-world physical activity and health care settings, as well as the related ethics, privacy, and research regulations working in the settings. They gained a user-centered understanding from the perspective of physical activity specialists, applied emerging technologies in promoting physical activity participation among various populations, and developed research skills to promote physical activity and health in these real-world settings.

Gao’s total accumulated lecture time was 32 hours, and the students received 2 credit hours toward their graduate degrees. Gao’s lectures have been well-received by the students and faculty members at Hunan University.