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News from the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State

Recognizing a growing desire among current and prospective students as well as strong market demand, Penn State Altoona will offer the kinesiology major, with options in both movement science and exercise science, starting with the fall 2017 semester.


Lise Gauvin, professor and vice dean of research at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal, will present the lecture “Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Across Urban Contexts: Examples from Natural Experiments and Population-Based Surveys” from 3:05 to 4:20 p.m. April 20 in 110 Henderson Building on Penn State's University Park campus.


Is it possible for people to become addicted to exercise? In a culture where 70 percent of the population is overweight or obese, and yet only 15 percent exercise regularly enough to gain health benefits, why should anyone bother to study people who may exercise too much and produce detrimental consequences?


Juniper Village at Brookline will host “Healthy Bones for Life,” as part of the Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series, at 10 a.m. on April 20 at Juniper Village at Brookline. The lecture will be presented by Mary Jane De Souza, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State, who will discuss bone health.


Robert Ricketts, senior lecturer in Penn State's Department of Kinesiology, has created the Robert D. Ricketts Student Leadership Award in the College of Health and Human Development, for undergraduate students in the department. The award recognizes exceptional student leadership, community engagement and service. Ricketts will retire in June after more than 40 years in the department.


Semyon Slobounov, professor of kinesiology at Penn State, will present the 2017 Pattishall Research Lecture. His lecture, which will be held on April 25 on the University Park campus, will address myths and realities about concussions, and new approaches to more accurately assess and treat concussive injuries.


Penn State sophomore Matthew Roda's concussion-screening device earned high marks during a national student startup competition in Austin, Texas. His startup, Reflexion Interactive Technologies, also is involved in a clinical study with Penn State researchers in the Center for Sport Concussion Research and Service.


The Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society will host a Sports Ethics Conference April 6 through 7, in 110 Henderson Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The conference, hosted in collaboration with the Rock Ethics Institute, the College of Health and Human Development and the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, will address the integration of ethics into sports organizations and practices.


The College of Health and Human Development's Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Penn State Presidential Leadership Academy recently held a joint session with All In Together, a nonpartisan organization that aims to close the gender gaps in civic and political engagement.


A team of Penn State researchers is working with the National Park Service to measure and improve its impact on people’s health.


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