Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology, and Anna Baeth, Kinesiology Ph.D.student and advisee of Lavoi, have published a chapter in the The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, 2018. The article, “Women and Sports Coaching,” addresses the ways scholarship can be used to inform and influence the goal to increase the number of women coaching sports, currently in the minority around the world.
Amanda Frayeh, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology 2015 graduate, is lead author on an article she recently published with Beth Lewis, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology. The article, which was based on Frayeh’s dissertation study, is titled “The effect of mirrors on women’s state body image responses to yoga,” and was published this month in Psychology of Sport and Exercise. The study examined the effect of mirrors on women’s state body image and appearance comparisons during yoga. Lewis was Frayeh’s doctoral adviser.
Frayeh is currently an adjunct lecturer in the School of Kinesiology.
Co-authors are Chui-Hui Chang, Fu-Chen Chen, and Wei-Jhong Zeng, all researchers at the Department of Physical Education at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Chui-Hui Chang and Fu-Chen Chen received their Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, where they were co-advised by Dr. Michael Wade and Stoffregen.
Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology is the principal investigator on an NIH funded grant program administered through the University’s Office of Discovery and Translation that seeks to promote new therapies for rare diseases. The project will design and build a device that will improve the symptoms of a voice disorder called spasmodic dysphonia (SD).
People with SD experience involuntary spasms of the laryngeal musculature that leads to a strained or choked speech. There is no cure for the disease and speech therapy is ineffective. The device will alter how it feels when one speaks. The idea behind the technology is that this sensory trick will help patients to improve their voice quality. The device development and its testing will be conducted in Konczak’s Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory.
Arash Mahnan, biomedical engineer and doctoral student in the HSC lab will serve as primary research assistant for this project.
The methodology developed by this research establishes an accurate method for measuring blood vessel function in the brain, which may be used not only in
the comparison between various groups of individuals but also in longitudinal studies interested in treatment or examination of CVR over time (i.e., aging studies, traumatic brain injury evaluation).
Their presentation addressed how the term ally has become a “buzzword, ” and how to move beyond allyship and shift towards becoming accomplices in social justice work. “Allyship” must be re-envisioned to better serve communities and dismantle systems of oppression. Participants learned the importance of the accomplice framework and its connection to advocacy.
The inaugural event was founded by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. COE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. The council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host federal TRIO programs.
The collaborative concert, “A Night at the Opera,” features performers in southern Minnesota orchestras made up of elementary and high school students as well as adult volunteers, and is part of Minnesota Opera’s outreach endeavor, the CoOPERAtion Residency Program. The program sponsors tailor-made residencies in elementary and high schools in Minnesota communities to help kids learn about opera. Bayley also participated in a 2014 residency in Alexandria, which culminated in a concert with the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra and Alexandria Area High School.
Bayley received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the U of M in 2016. She will be singing in this concert with two other Minnesota Opera performers. “I feel very privileged to work with the Minnesota Opera to bring opera to young people!” says Bayley. “Many of these residencies take place in communities where opera is not easily accessible, and the communities welcome us wholeheartedly.”
She has been performing and training with the Minnesota Opera since 2011. One of her most memorable experiences was workshopping the new opera, “The Manchurian Candidate” by Kevin Puts, which provided a look at the opera before it was completed. Bayley will be singing in their upcoming production of Massenet’s Thais in May, 2018.
More information about the Gustavus event and ticket availability can be found here.
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, will participate in a speaking panel at a CEHD Alumni and Graduate Networking Event on Thursday, November 9, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center, University Hall. The event, titled “Blaze Your Trail: Crafting a Career with Passion and Innovation,” features CEHD alumni who have forged unique career paths outside their degree programs. The panel will share their stories and ideas on channeling creativity into professional success.
The event is geared to CEHD graduate and professional students, and an RSVP required. See more details here.
Yu-Ting Tseng, Ph.D., 2017 graduate of the School of Kinesiology in the Biomechanics and Neuromotor Control emphasis, has been awarded a post-doc position in the Division of Child Health Research, Institute of Population Health Sciences in the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) in Zhunan, Taiwan, starting in November. She will be conducting a study on the effect of different types of exercise intervention on the motor, cognitive and overall physical and mental functions in children and older adults. She may also assist in evaluating the status and needs for special needs populations.
Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, presented October 30 at the Academic Health Center’s Mini Medical School as part of their Fall 2017 series, “Medical Mysteries: Navigating Complex Health Cases.” His presentation with George S. Goding, Jr., M.D., professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, was titled “Finding a new treatment for the incurable voice disorder Spasmodic Dysphonia.” Konczak and Goding have been working with colleagues from Speech and Hearing Sciences and Engineering on a new treatment approach to improve the voice symptoms of patients with this voice disorder. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, though patients can get temporary relief through Botulinum toxin injections.
Comments from attendees after the presentation included:
This work gives me so much hope – what an interesting study! Very interesting topic, more education on these topics is necessary so I am glad I was able to hear this presentation. Appreciated the presentation from both Dr’s because of the overlap! Nicely simplified from complex information. Nice to hear U of M people are working together to make life better for those in need. Loved the comment about calling around the U to find experts to help solve problems. There is so much happening at the U of M!!
Mini Medical School is a five-week program offered each semester that is designed to give individuals with a shared interest in health sciences the opportunity to examine the scientific foundations of health and disease presented by internationally renowned U of M experts who are shaping the way health care is delivered locally and globally.
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center in the School of Kinesiology, will be guest speaking at Wellesley College on October 25 for the college’s LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy. The title of her presentation is Building a Positive Team Culture.
Designed to facilitate leadership development tools and educational opportunities for all student-athletes, the LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy aims to enhance the quality of team culture, student leadership, and the athletic experience at Wellesley.
LaVoi served as the head tennis coach at Wellesley from 1994-1998. See the complete announcement here.