Category Archives: Faculty & Staff

CEHD research on the development of autism featured in Spectrum

L-R: Jed Elison, Jason Wolff

Jason Wolff, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology’s special education program, was recently featured in a Spectrum article about his research using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants whose older siblings have autism. Wolff worked with a national team of researchers, including Jed Elison from the Institute for Child Development, on the study. Wolff and colleagues found that the development of specific brain circuits may predict the severity of repetitive and sensory behaviors in infants who later develop autism.

In the article, Spectrum explains, “repetitive behaviors, such as hand flapping, are a cardinal sign of autism”, and “children with these severe repetitive behaviors often also have unusual sensory features, such as sensitivities to sounds or textures or an insensitivity to pain.”

Wolff expands on this. “They both (repetitive behaviors and unusual sensory features) seem to share a similar relationship with underlying neural circuitry,” he says.

Read the full article.

Weiss to give keynote presentation at Sport Psychology Conference in Switzerland

Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, will give the keynote lecture at the Annual Congress of the German Society of Sport Psychology in Bern, Switzerland, on May 25.

The title of her talk is, “Positive youth development through sport and physical activity: Progress, puzzles, and promise.” The Society represents the interests of the sport psychology community inside and outside universities in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, and its purpose is to promote and develop research, teaching, and applied fields of performance, expertise, and health. In addition to her keynote lecture, Weiss will give a presentation as part of a symposium on Youth Sport titled, “Evaluating impact of physical activity-based positive youth development programs: A tale of two exemplars.”

Hansen-Burke, Johnson honored with Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Awards

Annie Hansen-Burke, senior lecturer and field placement coordinator in school psychology program  and LeAnne Johnson, assistant professor in the special education program and coordinator for the early childhood special education (ECSE) licensure and M.Ed. program, are being honored by Council of Graduate Students with 2016-2017 Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Awards.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) recognizes faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. Only COGS awards express the appreciation of the graduate student body. The awards are created, nominations made, and winners selected by graduate students. The Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students and the Student Conflict Resolution Center.

Hansen-Burke and Johnson will receive their awards in a ceremony on Monday, May 1 at Coffman Memorial Union

Williams Ridge presents at Children & Nature Network annual conference

Headshot of Sheila Williams Ridge
Sheila Williams Ridge

Sheila Williams Ridge, director of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School in the Institute of Child Development, presented at the 2017 Children & Nature Network (C&NN) International Conference and Summit.

C&NN aims to connect children, families, and communities to nature through innovative ideas and evidence-based resources. The theme for the 2017 conference was, “Kids Need Nature, Nature Needs Kids.”

During the conference, Williams Ridge spoke about tailoring outdoor learning opportunities to children’s specific developmental needs, depending on their age. She also moderated a panel about best practices for nature-based learning in the early childhood field.

Red & Black article cites Tucker Center and LaVoi’s research

The Tucker Center  and co-director and Kinesiology senior lecturer Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., are cited in a Red & Black online article, “Female head women’s basketball coaches in NCAA on the decline.” The article cites several sources in noting the decline but ends with an optimistic quote from Dr. LaVoi.

Kinesiology staff, faculty, and students honored at CEHD Assembly and Recognition Ceremony

At yesterday’s CEHD Assembly and Recognition Ceremony, a number of Kinesiology folks were honored for achievement, retirement, and years of service.

Tricia Davies, former Administrative Director, and Linda Estrem Trebby, Office Administrator, retired after many combined years of service to the University and Kinesiology. Tricia retired in February after six years of running Kinesiology’s day-to-day administrative operations. Linda is retiring this month after a total of 31 years at the University, with the past 15 years in Kinesiology.

The following faculty and staff were recognized for continuous years of service:
Li Li Ji–5 years
Nicole LaVoi and Tom Stoffregen–15 years
Carol Nielsen–20 years

Assistant professor Yuhei Inoue received the college’s New Career Excellence Award and his doctoral advisee, Madeleine Orr, who won first place in the CEHD Three-Minute Thesis competition last month, closed the college ceremony with her award-winning presentation.

Yuhei Inoue wins CEHD New Career Excellence Award for 2017

School of Kinesiology assistant professor Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., was presented CEHD’s New Career Excellence Award for 2017 at the college’s annual Assembly and Recognition Ceremony held at the Great Hall in Coffman Union yesterday.

The New Career Excellence Award “recognizes a new CEHD professional who has demonstrated outstanding and innovative academic work and shows great promise in terms of future contributions to the college and the field.”

Dr. Inoue teaches and does research in the sport management emphasis in the School of Kinesiology. He joined the faculty in 2014. His research explores the ways sport makes a positive impact on society and addresses the implications of strategic management issues related to sport organizations and corporate social responsibility initiatives.  For example, he conducted a study in Cambodia to  determine if sport participation that includes both able and disabled participants can create cooperative social relationships that enhance economic and social development. He and a master’s advisee have also conducted research on how social identification through attending sporting events may help increase older adults’ social connections and well-being.

Last fall, Dr. Inoue began working on a Temple University Sport Industry Research Center grant with several colleagues to explore how collegiate athletic departments in the U.S. are organized and operated and how the system could translate to Japan. Only a few Japanese universities have a unified athletics department. Generally their sports teams are privately managed rather than organized under the umbrella of an athletics department. Dr. Inoue believes that this study will help researchers understand collegiate athletics from a broader view, and he has been running case studies with the University of South Carolina, Old Dominion University and the University of Northern Colorado as part of the study.

Dr. Inoue also advises Madeleine Orr, Kinesiology doctoral student who won CEHD’s Three-Minute Thesis competition last month and reprised her presentation at yesterday’s award ceremony.

A contributor to Dr. Inoue’s nomination says, “He exhibits high levels of productivity and quality in scholarship and teaching, and does work that is meaningful and relevant to the human development and societal impact aspects of CEHD. Beyond his academic talents and scholarly expertise, however, I perhaps even more importantly see him as a wonderful colleague who willingly carries his share of responsibility for service work, mentoring, and student advising, represents a positive and collegial presence, and betters our school and college environment.”

Barr-Anderson will present at Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2017

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, will presenting at the Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2017 this Thursday, April 27, from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm in 100 Murphy Hall. The Symposium, hosted by The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy, invites presenters who are past Multicultural Research Award Recipients.

Barr-Anderson will be speaking at 2:20 p.m. on her research, “A Mixed Methods Assessment of Family Influence on Weight-Related Behaviors Among African-Americans.”

Vavrus gives talk at National Conference on Teacher Training in Tanzania

Dr. Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), participated in the National Conference on Teacher Training in Tanzania during the first week of April and gave a talk entitled The Local Picture: Contextual Considerations for Teacher Training in Tanzania. The conference was attended by representatives of the Tanzanian Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, the World Bank, Save the Children, Peace Corps, and a number of Tanzanian universities and non-governmental organizations.  Dr. Vavrus has been involved in teacher professional development in Tanzania since 2006 as a facilitator and researcher studying the changing educational policy landscape in the country as it affects teachers’ lives.

Masten speaks at UN Psychology Day

Dr. Ann Masten
Dr. Ann Masten

Ann Masten,  Ph.D., Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development in the Institute of Child Development, spoke at the 10th Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations (UN) on April 20, 2017.

Psychology Day at the UN is an annual event that highlights how psychological science and practice contribute to the UN agenda. It’s attended by UN staff, ambassadors and diplomats, non-governmental organizations, members of the public and private sectors, and other stakeholders.

This year’s theme was “Promoting Well-being in the 21st Century: Psychological Contributions for Social, Economic, and Environmental Challenges.” The topic was chosen to align with the inclusion of well-being in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in 2015 and outlines the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In her remarks, Masten addressed the economic pillar by discussing her research on competence, risk, and resilience in development.

Thompson receives award for excellence in early childhood education

Ross Thompson

Ross Thompson, M.Ed., a teaching specialist at the Institute of Child Development’s Shirley G. Moore Lab School, has received the 2017 Kate Davidson Tanner Award from the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC).

MnAEYC is a professional association devoted to representing early child care and youth programs across Minnesota. The annual award recognizes an early childhood professional who demonstrates excellence in his or her profession.

In 2005, Thompson started his career at the lab school, where he completed his student teaching experience and held various roles for the following two years. He has been a full-time lead teacher for the school’s multi-age morning preschool class since 2007.

Stoffregen presents twice at Interdisciplinary Symposium

Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, is one of two featured speakers at the 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium of the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, NE, April 20 and 21, 2017.

The titles of Dr. Stoffregen’s keynotes are “Motion Sickness and Human Movement” and “Getting Your Sea Legs.”

Kinesiology’s Human Performance Teaching Lab hosts area high school students in Scrubs, Gloves, and Microscopes program

On April 11th, the School of Kinesiology’s Human Performance Teaching Laboratory (HPTL) hosted 24 high school students from around the metro area, who participated in the University of Minnesota’s Scrubs, Gloves & Microscopes program.

Under the direction of HPTL co-director Don Dengel, Ph.D., graduate students Christiana Raymond, Alex Kasak, Michelle Harbin, Bryce Murphy, Kate Uithoven, Neil Hultgren, Katie Bisch and undergraduate student, demonstrated laboratory exercises on Wingate testing, ultrasound imaging, body composition, pulmonary ventilation and electrocardiogram.

Gao serves as guest editor for special issue of Journal of Sport and Health Science

Zan Gao, Ph.D., Kinesiology associate professor and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory, recently served as the Guest Editor for a special issue of Journal of Sport and Health Science titled “Promoting Physical Activity and Health through Exergaming.”

The purpose of this special topic is to investigate the effects of exergaming on individuals’ energy expenditure, physical activity participation, sedentary behaviors, actual and perceived motor skills, activity choices, behavioral changes and psychosocial beliefs through experimental and quasi-experimental designs. The special issue includes a total of four original articles, one review article, one editorial, and one commentary piece contributed by research scientists in the USA, Australia, France, and Belgium. The special issue is available at this link.

LaVoi quoted in Harvard Crimson

Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., is quoted in a Harvard Crimson article, “In Harvard’s Athletics Department, A Stark Wage Gap.” The article critically reviews Harvard athletic coach salaries.

Kinesiology Ph.D. student Chris Curry accepts summer graduate research internship at Mayo Clinic

Christopher Curry, School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student and member of APAL, has accepted a summer position as a graduate research intern in the Physical Ergonomics/Human Factors research department at the Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, Chris will be part of a team working to improve medical device ergonomics, teamwork, health care ergonomics and lean health care systems. Chris’s Ph.D. adviser is Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D.

Lewis presents two research projects at San Diego conference

Beth Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, presented twice at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in San Diego, CA., in March 2017.

The research projects Dr. Lewis presented are “Feasibility and efficacy of a physical activity intervention for the prevention of postpartum depression: A randomized trial.” (Lewis, B. A., Schuver, K., Gjerdingen, D., Terrell, C., & Avery, M. ) and “The future of physical activity intervention research: Expanding focus to sedentary behavior, technology, and dissemination.” (Lewis, B.A., Napolitano, M.A., Buman, M., Williams, D.M., Nigg, C.R.).

Kendeou presents at Northwestern University on debunking misinformation

Panayiota Kendeou

Panayiota (Pani) Kendeou, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Guy Bond Chair in Reading, recently presented to the Multi-disciplinary Program in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University on the “Science of Debunking Misinformation.”

In the talk, Kendeou discussed a series of studies that examine the incremental steps of knowledge revision, detailing its time course and mechanisms during reading comprehension in the context of the Knowledge Revision Components framework (KReC).1 She explained how KReC—which she developed with Professor Edward J O’Brien at the University of New Hampshire—aligns itself nicely with knowledge revision in the context of reading comprehension and has implications for research in text comprehension, conceptual change, persuasion, and the misinformation effect.

Get more information on Kendeou’s research by visiting her Reading & Language Lab.

  1. Kendeou, P., & O’Brien, E. J. (2014). The Knowledge Revision Components (KReC) Framework: Processes and Mechanisms. In D. Rapp, & J. Braasch (Eds.), Processing Inaccurate Information: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives from Cognitive Science and the Educational Sciences Cambridge: MIT.

LaVoi and colleagues publish chapter in Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture

Tucker Center co-director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., and colleagues Janet S. Fink (U Mass Amherst) and Kristine E. Newhall (Smith College) have published a chapter entitled “Challenging the Gender Binary? Male Basketball Practice Players’ Views of Female Athletes and Women’s Sports” in the edited book, Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture: Promises and Pitfalls, (Alex Channon, Katherine Dashper, Thomas Fletcher, and Robert J. Lake, editors) from Routledge.

 

 

Stoffregen discusses motion sickness research in To See the Sea

An online publication for the cruising set, To See the Sea, features an interview with Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and researcher on motion sickness. Stoffregen discusses his fascination as a boy in the 1960s with astronauts and space travel, including the phenomenon of motion sickness (which afflicts many astronauts in space), and how it led him to the research he is doing today.

The podcast and written transcript are available at tps://toseethesea.com/index.php/interviews/.