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News from the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State
Penn State Berks students majoring in kinesiology will be working with Penn State Health St. Joseph and My Gut Instinct, Inc. at the annual Guts & Glory Digestive & Wellness Expo. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, (rain date: Sunday, Oct. 9) at the First Energy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. The expo is free and open to the public.
The Penn State Berks Kinesiology Department is celebrating Exercise Is Medicine Week from October 3–7, 2016, with a variety of events and activities including daily 20-minute walks on campus; participation in a Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Multipurpose Room of the Perkins Student Center; and various activities on the lawn of the Perkins Student Center including Zumba, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, and Yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the common hour, 12:15–1:15 p.m. All events are open to students, faculty and staff of the college.
The Department of Kinesiology has added a new interdisciplinary option to better position students in the ever-changing kinesiology field. The new applied exercise and health option, which became available this semester, prepares students to work in a variety of fields, such as private or corporate fitness, hospital settings, or private or public schools.
A graduate and a freshman will represent Penn State at the 2016 Paralympic Games, to be held Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Penn State will also be represented at the Paralympics by nine students and four faculty members from the College of Communications, who will help cover the games for the Associated Press.
A team of Penn State students in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism will travel to Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 9 for 10 days to report on the world’s second-largest multi-sport festival as part of a partnership with The Associated Press and the University of Georgia.
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.
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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