News and Events
KPHE Masters student, Mr. Kevin Carver, recently presented a poster entitled “Who are the strongest? Grip strength comparisons between Asian and European youth aged 12–15 years” at the International Symposium on Physical Activity and Fitness of the Young Generation in the Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong. Kevin’s poster, which won second place in the Best Poster Presentation Award, showed that Asian children generally demonstrate poorer grip strength than their European peers. Interestingly, Kevin’s research team had a real international flavor as it comprised 12 researchers representing 12 different universities from 10 different Asia-Pacific countries/regions. Well done Kevin!
Carver K, Hui SSC, Balasekaran G, Song JK, Park SY, Naito H, Suzuki K, Liou YM, Lu D, Poh BK, Kijboonchoo K, & Tomkinson GR. (2017). Who are the strongest? Grip strength comparisons between Asian and European youth aged 12–15 years. International symposium: Physical Activity & Fitness of the Young Generation in Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong, 20 May, 2017.
Recently, the Physical Education Teacher Education program received exciting news regarding research collaborations with the local Grand Forks public schools. As an extension of the long term relationship that has provided a rich student teaching experience for UND students, we now have the opportunity to collect research data within the gymnasiums in Grand Forks. Studies repeatedly indicate that students who are good movers tend to be more physically active and consequently at a reduced risk for obesity and obesity related illnesses. Our research aim is to document the development of novel Physical Education instructional strategies aimed at increasing achievement for all students. Thus, Physical Education strategies which improve movement competency, conceptually will have an effect on the health and wellbeing of those students. This collaboration is an example of how KPHE faculty and the professionals at GFPS are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of their students.
Physics Colloquium-Witmer Hall Room 211 Friday April 7th 4-5pm
Capturing Human Motion - Fighting the Confines of the laboratory for real-world applications
In this talk Dr. Jesse Rhoades , a former physical education teacher and current pedagogical kinesiologist at UND, will discuss his work with human motion capture and research into new conceptions of student learning. Specifically, historic applications of image analysis will be explored, beginning with the early innovations in 2D high-speed strobe motion capture and its evolution into current 3D techniques. Further, there will be a discussion of current laboratory methods as well as their applications and feasibility within a field research setting. Finally, Dr. Rhoades will discuss his current research and how it hinges on the time tested techniques of motion capture, as well as the struggles of utilizing these techniques in feasible, non-invasive, and field-based applications of motion capture.
Article written by Grant Tomkinson for The Conversation...http://theconversation.com/beyond-olympic-gold-us-kids-getting-lapped-in-aerobic-fitness-66453
Traveling to Cologne, Germany in July, Dr. Jesse Rhoades of UND presented his research at a symposium during the annual meeting of the Teaching Games for Understanding international conference. His research center upon how students learn from other students within social contexts. Currently Dr. Rhoades conducts research examining psychomotor information creation and non-conscious mimicry. Critically important, this type of research has the potential for developing exciting new teaching strategies within physical education and coaching.
Faculty and UND Alum present at ACSM Conference in Boston June 2016
Assistant Professor Tanis Walch
UND Alum ACSM Conference Boston 2016
Outdoor Pursuits KIN 232A camping with instructor Andrea Charlebois in Icelandic State Park June 10-12th 2016.
Graduate Research & Poster Fair
Bennett Leitch, Matt Lowery,
Associate Professor Grant Tomkinson from the University of North Dakota's Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education discusses physical fitness for children and adults. He highlights that people today are less fit than their peers from generations past, and that in order to improve your physical fitness you should aim to do at least 30 minutes (for adults) or 60 minutes (for children) of “huff and puff” exercise every day that uses the big muscles of the body like running, swimming or cycling
Grant Tomkinson and Colleagues recently published Australia’s 2015 Progress Report Card on Active Transport for Children and Young People
Grant Tomkinson Youtube Links
John Fitzgerald and Tanis Walch attended The Intersection of Physical Activity and Public Health Opportunities for Kinesiology in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Geoffrey C. Williams, Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical/Social Psychology at The University of Rochester, visited campus on October 2-3. 2014.
Dr. Steven Blair, professor of Exercise Science at University of South Carolina, visited campus on September 17-18, 2014.
The Public Health Student Association and the Kinesiology Student Association at the Student Organization Fair on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Dakota Student Article: Public Health Week Celebrated
Dr. Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko presented a public lecture, "Strategies for Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles in Older Adults: Lessons Learned from 50 years of Research and Practice," on campus on March 5, 2014. Click here to view the lecture.
KPHE Professor Tom Steen to present keynote address at Northern Illinois University's General Education and Integrative Learning Symposium.
A Kinesiology student, Jorid Dadfinrud, is pictured working as a trainer at Choice Health and Fitness in a story about fighting obesity.
Heidi (Evans) Greenwood qualifies for the US Olympic Marathon Trials. Heidi graduated from UND with a Masters in Kinesiology.
Dennis Caine publishes Gymnastics Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science
Student Success: April 15 named Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Day!
Dr. Joshua Guggenheimer
Dr. Joshua Guggenheimer (red shirt with black sleeves near front), former KPHE faculty member, is shown here taking part in the 5K Frozen Feat run and walk in Grand Forks, a part of the Grand Cities Winter Fest on Feb. 13 that raised more than $3,000 for Special Olympics of Grand Forks.
KPHE professor Dr. Sandra Short traveled to the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) conference in Salt Lake City and presented studies with colleagues and recent graduate students.
Former Fighting Sioux Track and Field athlete Heidi Evans recently obtained her Master's in Kinesiology. She also completed her B.S. degree at UND, while capping off her career as a Division II National Champion in the 1500 meters. The meet was held at Mt. Sac in California. She currently holds the school record in the 1500 meters (4:24.66) and has the third fastest performance for the Sioux in program history in the 800 meters (2.10.71). She is currently an Elementary P.E. Teacher in Thief River Falls and the head volleyball coach.