Meet our Visiting Scholar: Alper Tunga Peker

Our School has a rich tradition of hosting academics from all over the world to study and pursue research at the U of M, working with faculty and their students on particular projects or in their labs. We are pleased to introduce Alper Tunga Peker, who will work with Dr. Thomas Stoffregen in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory.

Tunga Peker, originally from Ereğli, a small town in Turkey, studied coaching in the department of physical education and sport at Selçuk University, in Konya, Turkey. Tunga Peker then obtained his master’s degree from Selçuk University, and his PhD at Dumlupınar University located in Kütahya, Turkey in physical activity-related disciplines. Tunga Peker studied the effects of an exercise, “The Life Kinetik,” a neuroscience-based exercise program created to help individuals live and feel healthier. After working with Dr. Stoffregen in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), Tunga Peker’s research interests shifted towards motion sickness, affordance, postural sway, and judgment.

The U of M’s research reputation brought Tunga Peker to the School of Kinesiology. “I respect and admire this prestigious University and faculty members. I would like to get to know as many people as possible and learn something new from each of them.” Above all, Tunga Peker’s gratitude goes to Dr. Stffregen for inviting him to study at the School.

“Coming here and working in APAL with Dr. Stoffregen is very exciting because we don’t have a similar lab in Turkey. I would like to specifically thank Dr. Stoffregen for giving me the chance to research with APAL.”

Back home, Tunga Peker has his mother, father, and brothers supporting him in all his academic and research endeavors. “They continuously support me to be successful, and I know they will always wish best for me.”

Although this is Tunga Peker’s first time in the United States, he has yet to try a hot dog! “It’s on my list of things to do,” says Tunga Peker. In his free time, he likes to exercise outdoors and try new restaurants. “Minnesotans are really polite and friendly, the city has very great weather and scenic nature spots.” Just wait until January, Apler Tunga Peker!

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