Tag Archives: Kinesiology

Alumnus racing toward gold in Rio Paralympics

Alumnus racing toward gold in Rio Paralympics

“My road to Rio has been a journey, not a destination,” said alumnus Aaron Scheidies just days before he was set to head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the 2016 Paralympics cycling competition. “It’s been a roller coaster up and down ride.” Scheidies, B.A. ’04 (Kinesiology), will compete in the men’s visual… Read More »

Alumni help Olympians go for the gold

Alumni help Olympians go for the gold

Two MSU College of Education alumni are headed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Lori Dithurbide and Tshepang Tshube are traveling with their respective home countries, Canada and Botswana, as mental supports for athletes and leaders before, during and after the games. Dithurbide and Tshube arrived in Rio ahead of the… Read More »

Video game showcases workout motivators

Video game showcases workout motivators

A Michigan State University researcher is using a video game to uncover key differences in what motivates men and women to go the “extra mile” during a workout. The study, led by Deborah Feltz, a University Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, gave participants the opportunity to watch an avatar of themselves exercise alongside a virtual partner,… Read More »

Undergraduates awarded study abroad scholarships

Undergraduates awarded study abroad scholarships

Four College of Education students participating in study abroad programs this summer will have a portion of their costs covered thanks to scholarships. Dean Robert Floden recently presented the awards to the students, all of whom are traveling abroad for education and kinesiology-related studies. The college is working to increase the rate of study abroad participation for its… Read More »

Research-based exercise program helps preschoolers get fit

Research-based exercise program helps preschoolers get fit

Preschoolers are gaining momentum to keep running–and jumping, dancing and playing–in a new research-based fitness program co-developed by Alan Smith, chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. Children and Teachers (CATs) on the Move is based at six schools near the University of Vermont, where Smith’s colleague Betsy Hoza and her team… Read More »

National education advocate to speak at commencement

National education advocate to speak at commencement

Kati Haycock, chief executive officer of The Education Trust, will speak to spring 2016 graduates of the College of Education during the Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony, starting at 4:00 p.m. May 8 at the Breslin Center. The Education Trust is one the nation’s leading advocacy organizations working to close gaps and promote high achievement for all… Read More »

Undergraduates earn first place honors at research forum

Undergraduates earn first place honors at research forum

Nine undergraduate students from the Michigan State University College of Education received first-place awards at the 2016 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). The annual event, held this year on April 8, is an opportunity for students across the university to showcase their research and creativity. Students presented work in a variety of categories—from engineering to… Read More »

Cancer survivor gets kinesiology lab experience

Cancer survivor gets kinesiology lab experience

“OK, sit tight … blast off!” kinesiology doctoral student Todd Buckingham said, as he closed the door of the BodPod over Ian Anderson. For 8-year-old Ian, getting inside a machine to have his body composition measured was an exciting moment. Not scary at all for a kid who has already beat brain cancer. He was… Read More »

Remembering professor, benefactor Janet Wessel

Remembering professor, benefactor Janet Wessel

Professor Emerita Janet Wessel, a pioneer in the field of adaptive physical education, passed away on Jan. 29, 2016 at age 96. Wessel retired from the College of Education in 1984 after more than 25 years on the faculty. She continued to provide scholarly and financial contributions toward the goals of improving health and fitness… Read More »

Making nutrition and fitness a snap for underserved young athletes

Making nutrition and fitness a snap for underserved young athletes

Spartan Performance and MSU Extension are looking to help underserved young athletes and schools throughout Michigan. Joey Eisenmann, an assistant professor in exercise physiology and director of Spartan Performance, is working with MSU Extension to train its staff members on new guidelines that will allow them to deliver basic health information, such as healthy eating… Read More »