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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
2018 Kinesiology Research Day held Friday, April 13, was a resounding success, showcasing the projects or involvement of 58 members of the School of Kinesiology. Held in Walter Library, the collection of research included seven research briefs, four paper presentations, and 21 poster presentations, as well as seven lab talks.
The School of Kinesiology Research Day is held annually and sponsored and organized by the Kinesiology Student Council. It is designed to present an opportunity for faculty members, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students to interact in an interdisciplinary forum, exchange ideas, and present their achievements.
Awards were presented in a number of categories (serious and not-so serious):
People’s Choice for Best Poster (Undergraduate) – Madeline Czeck, B.S. student
People’s Choice for Best Poster (Graduate) – Katie Bisch, M.S. student
Faculty Choice for Best Research Brief – Morgan Betker, Ph.D. candidate
‘Die Hard Award’ – Assistant professor Sarah Greising, for attending the whole day and showing so much support to all student participants!
‘Harshest Questions Award’ – Professor Jürgen Konczak, for making everybody second-guess their work
‘Best Dressed’ Award – Joey Kronzer, M.S. student
‘Herding Cats Award’ – Eydie Kramer, Ph.D. student, for all her work with the high school tours!
‘Drill Sergeant Award’ – Arash Mahnan, Ph.D. student, for making sure the event ran on schedule all day!
“Kin Research Day is a fabulous celebration of all the work happening in Kinesiology, and a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of research in our School,” says Madeleine Orr, co-chair of the Kinesiology Student Council. “We had a lot of fun putting it together and were very pleased with the turnout and energy at the event!”
The Southwest group was accompanied by Andrew Gross, a Kinesiology graduate of the Physical Education Licensure program, who teaches health and physical activity at the high school. The tour was arranged by Kinesiology undergraduate advisers Katie Koopmeiners and Colin Rogness, and assisted by Eydie Kramer, Kinesiology Ph.D. student and graduate assistant.
Madeleine Orr, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate and 2017 winner of the University-wide Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), traveled to Grand Rapids, MI, for the 3MT® Regional Championships hosted by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools. She was accompanied by Scott Lanyon, Ph.D., U of M Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Education.
Contestants came from 39 different universities across the Midwest. Each had won their university’s competition. Orr advanced as a Regional Finalist (Top 6) and presented with the other finalists at the closing plenary of the event.
Orr will present at the U of M Board of Regents meeting in May, and will judge at the Natural Resource Science & Management 3MT® competition later this month. The U of M Graduate School will be using 3MT® training materials that Orr and Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Morgan Betker developed to use in workshops for graduate students interested in public speaking and public scholarship.
In “Ground Control to Major Vom,” the profound impact of motion sickness on astronauts in particular is explained and discussed. Stoffregen’s research on predicting an individual’s sensitivity to motion sickness based on body sway, called postural instability theory, is cited and Dr. Stoffregen is quoted. Based on his research, he describes his particular concerns regarding the impact of motion sickness on the virtual reality industry.
The symposium opened with welcoming remarks from the U of M’s Jean Quam, Ph.D., dean, CEHD; Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., co-director, Tucker Center; and Anna Baeth, doctoral student in kinesiology and member of the organization’s Conference Committee.
Cultural Competence in Sports Medicine Psychology: Mental Health Concerns and Religious Coping as Marginalized Topics of Research and Intervention with Injured Athletes
A Thematic Analysis of Religiosity and Spirituality in Coping with Sport Injuries,Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.,Kristin N. Wood, Andrew C. White, Ph.D.,Amanda J. Wambach, and Victor J. Rubio, Ph.D. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
International Social Justice Efforts
The What, How, and Why of Community-Based Participatory Research for Empowering Physical Activity for All: A Tale of Two Social Justice Projects,Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., and Muna Mohamed
Creating Safe Space in a Hostile Place: Exploring the Marathon of Afghanistan Through the Lens of Safe Space,Madeleine Orr and Anna Baeth
Access to Physical Activity as a Social Justice Issue
Physical Literacy as a Social Justice Issue,Jennifer Bhalla (Pacific University)
Creating Social Change for Girls & Women in Sport: Tucker Center Education, Research and Outreach Projects, Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Anna Baeth, Courtney Boucher, Mikinzee Salo, Veronica Rasmussen, Nicole Varichak, and Matea Wasend
The Paralympic Games: Who’s In and Who’s Left Out?, Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D.
Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Eydie Kramer, who is advised by Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., Kinesiology assistant professor and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory, presented a poster on Friday, April 6, at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM) Regional Meeting at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. Her poster, “Brief Interventions Mitigate Weight-Dependent Exercise and Healthy Eater Disparities in Adolescent Girls,” was co-authored with Barr-Anderson and describes a pilot study conducted in summer 2017 in youth health camps located in Colorado and Wisconsin. Their poster was selected for the Annual ACSM President’s Cup Award, and will be showcased at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on May 31st, 2018.
Kramer also was selected to receive a $1,000 NACSM Student Research Award to fund her study this summer, “S.P.L.A.S.H. (Swimming. Positive Perceptions. Lifestyle-Change. Activity. Strength. Healthy Habits.) Into Fitness! A Behavioral Swim Camp and eHealth Intervention for Overweight and Obese Adolescent Girls.”
Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., sport management associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, was quoted in today’s Minnesota Daily on the new bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives to establish protections for student athletes who enter agreements with agents. The bill expands on existing legislation, the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, which was passed by the legislature in 2002. Kihl says the proposed legislation also provides an opportunity for student athletes and their families to be informed while making decisions. “It’s a big decision to go the pro route,” Kihl said in the article. “It’s important you have time to sit down and talk with family members.”
On Thursday, April 12, Zan Gao, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, will be participating in the Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2018 sponsored by the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy. Gao will be joining fellow past Multicultural Award Recipients who are also presenting at the event. His presentation is titled “Feasibility of Smartphone Exercise Apps in Health Outcomes in Minority Breast Cancer Survivors.”
The symposium will be held in the Presidents Room, Coffman Memorial Union, at 12:15 p.m. (12:00 sign-in). The talks are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, gave an invited talk Friday, April 6, at the 2018 Sport Movement Skill Conference at Concordia University, St. Paul. He spoke on “Movement kinematics can predict individual susceptibility to mTBI.” His work with former advisee Yi-Chou Chen, Ph.D., examined posture in relation to the fact that nausea and vomiting are common early symptoms of concussion and showed that objective measures of postural sway predict susceptibility to symptoms of mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) in competition boxers.
The Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership fund, established in 2014 and housed in the Tucker Center for Girls & Women in Sport, recently received a $10,000 gift in support of the Borton Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to promote leadership among girls and women within a sports context. Since its inception, three outstanding Kinesiology and Sport Management graduate students have received the Fellowship: Marnie Kinnaird, Caroline Heffernan, and Matea Wasend.
The Fellowship is named after former University of Minnesota head women’s basketball coach, Pam Borton, who was named to the position in 2002. Borton created a culture of excellence within the women’s program both on and off the court. Averaging 20 wins per season in her 12-year tenure at the U of M, Borton guided the Golden Gophers to a Final Four, three Sweet Sixteens, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three seasons of 25 or more wins. She is the winningest head coach in the program’s history. Under Borton’s guidance, female student-athletes achieved unparalleled academic success: Her teams earned an overall 3.0 grade-point average every year of her tenure. Borton’s Gophers also garnered a league-best 88 Academic All-Big Ten honorees over the span of her coaching career.
Emily Groshens, a fourth-year kinesiology undergraduate major graduating in May, will present a poster titled, “A Qualitative Assessment of Family Influence on Weight-Related Behaviors among African-Americans” at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine Regional Meeting (NASCM) at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul on Friday, April 6.
Two School of Kinesiology graduate students have received Professional Development Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Daniel McDonough, Ph.D. student in the Physical Activity and Health emphasis, and Nicolette Peterson, Ph.D. student in the Movement Science emphasis, will each receive $4,000 to help cover costs related to conference registration, travel, special research equipment and supplies, and technology items related to their studies.