SMPL study on sport playing fields and athlete injuries gives GPS devices a new direction

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have come a long way since they were first used for military operations in the 1950s. They appear in practically every device known to humans, from phones to vehicles to computers to aircraft. And now, in a joint study between the School of Kinesiology and the Department of Horticultural Science, they…

Kinesiology doctoral candidate Madeleine Orr takes the Green movement to the sports world

The Green movement—environmental impacts, sustainable practices, and even recycling—has traditionally not been considered a high priority by professional sports organizations and their event organizers. But that’s been changing over the past few years—just ask Madeleine Orr. She is the founder and co-director of a new organization, the Sport Ecology Group (SEG), which launched April 22…

UROP encourages undergrad student research involvement

Elyse Prescott, a third-year kinesiology student, received a research scholarship from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) to fund her work assessing the accuracy of the “Skulpt Chisel,” a handheld electrical device from Skulpt, Inc., of San Francisco that evaluates body composition and muscle quality. Prescott is advised by Don Dengel, PhD, professor in the…

KinKudos to our 2019-20 scholarship recipients

Each year, students from the School of Kinesiology are awarded prestigious scholarships to pursue a myriad of academic or research areas. Meet our scholarship recipients of 2019 – 2020—Congratulations, students!   Callie Albers, a third-year undergraduate honors student, was awarded the Frances Kidd Endowed Scholarship. This spring, she will graduate with a major in Kinesiology…

Mahnan receives MnDRIVE Fellowship

Arash Mahnan, doctoral student at the School of Kinesiology and member of the Human Sensorimotor Control (HSC) Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2019-2020 MnDRIVE Commercialization Fellowship in Neuromodulation – Discoveries through Industry Partnerships. The MNDrive (Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy) award will cover Mahnan for up to $70,000 in stipend, benefits, and tuition…

CEHD’s first 3D printer takes up residence in Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory

Nearly everyone has heard about 3D printers and the amazing things they can do. But how many of us have ever seen one, or witnessed how they make their magic?   Recently a 3D printer was installed in the School of Kinesiology’s Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL). The only such printer currently in use in…

Meet our Visiting Scholar: Yizhao Wang

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 Yizhao Wang from Tianjin University of Sport in Tianjin, China, who will work with Dr.…