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News from the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State
Heat waves kill hundreds of people each year in the U.S., most of them over 70 years of age. The vast majority die of heart attack or heart failure, largely because of the demands put on the heart as it tries to pump large amounts of blood to the skin to dissipate heat. Penn State researchers have pinpointed several ways the blood vessels in our skin change as we age, making us more susceptible to heat-related heart problems.
Support for a fledgling women’s soccer league and unique experiential opportunities for students were on the agenda last week as the commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League visited Penn State to meet with a variety of University students, faculty and administrators about creating collaborations between the league and the University.
Jaime Schultz, associate professor of kinesiology, is a 2016 recipient of The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, named for the seventh president of the University. The award is presented to only four faculty members each year.
High school students interested in the science behind human motion got to see firsthand how it’s studied at Penn State. In honor of National Biomechanics Day on April 7, the Department of Kinesiology hosted 60 State College Area High School students in the Biomechanics Laboratory in Rec Hall to showcase its research and facilities, in such areas as muscle movement and motion analysis.
Donna Korzick, professor of physiology and kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development, is the 2016 recipient of the Graduate School Alumni Society Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award. The award honors faculty members for exemplary leadership that benefits graduate students and faculty in an existing graduate program at the University.
Six Penn State faculty members have received the 2016 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, named after Penn State’s seventh president, honors excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.
Lowering the risk for heart disease with healthy foods and recommended dietary patterns, monitoring fetal growth in pregnant women, and analyzing the impact of concussions in athletes are just some of the major health questions investigators analyze through studies at the Penn State Clinical Research Center.
Led by kinesiology professor Melissa Bopp, kinesiology students attended National Health Through Fitness Day in Washington, D.C. last month to voice support for physical activity legislation.
Glyn Caerwyn Roberts, professor emeritus of psychology at the Norwegian University of Sport Science, will present the Dorothy V. Harris Lecture Series in Sport Psychology from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. April 21 in 110 Henderson on the University Park campus. The event is hosted by the Penn State Department of Kinesiology.
The Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering will host two summer research programs for undergraduate students along with the Penn State Department of Kinesiology, with support from the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association. The programs will provide hands-on learning experiences for students in laboratory settings and teach a number of critical skills for new engineers.
To disseminate knowledge and information, the department hosts several seminar series, which touch upon a variety of topics related to kinesiology. View the Kinesiology department calendar for upcoming seminars.
Kinesiology department calendar for a list of upcoming events
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