Fall 2011University Updates

Fall 2011: Kinesiology, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, Modern Languages, Philosophy & Religion

Kinesiology: Advocates for wellness

In February Matthew Beekley and B. J. Maloney ’08 published “Effect of Breathing 7% Carbon Dioxide on the Human Soleus Hoffmann-Reflex Recruitment Curve” in Clinical Neurophysiology.

Michael Diacin and J. T. DeSensi presented a research paper, “Parents Gender Role Expectations and Support for Children’s Sport Activities,” at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference in San Diego in March.

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, Mindy Mayol, and Lisa Hicks presented “Successfully Advocating for Wellness as a General Education Requirement” at the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance conference, where Hicks presented a poster, “Movement and Literacy Classroom-Based Program Impact on Academic Performance,” and gave an oral presentation, “Taking Physical Education to the Elementary Classroom: A Success Story.”

Hicks, Hancher-Rauch, VanSickle, and Audrey Satterblom published “Creating a Program Advisory Board: A Key Advocacy and Marketing Strategy for Longevity in Turbulent Times” in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Hancher-Rauch, Mayol, and Hicks also published “University Worksite Wellness Program Improves Physical, Spiritual, and Intellectual Wellness” in the Indiana AHPERD journal.

Hicks was named to the Communications Committee of the American Kinesiology Association and elected as secretary of the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education. In March Hicks presented “Best Practices for Viable Instructional Physical Activity Programs” for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in San Diego, Calif. Hicks and Kim Ward of Indianapolis Public Schools published an abstract, “Movement and Literacy Classroom-Based Program Impact on Academic Performance,” in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Jennifer VanSickle wrote an editorial, “Staving Off Complacency Concerning Title IX,” that appeared in the April issue of Journal of Physical EducationRecreation, and Dance. She is on the JOPERD editorial board and is section editor for the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: Promoting education and training

Jim Bellew coauthored the book Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention, released by FA Davis Publishing Co. in June.

Stephanie Combs ’99 and Ellen Miller (CAC) published “Effects of a short burst of gait training with body-weight-supported treadmill training for a person with chronic stroke: a single-subject study” in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. In June Combs and a Boise State colleague presented “Two approaches to measuring gait symmetry after body-weight-supported treadmill training for persons with chronic stroke” at the International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy in Amsterdam.

Dyer Diehl, Combs, and Bill Staples ’05 ’10 presented “Comparison of boxing training and traditional exercise on balance and quality of life outcomes in persons with Parkinson’s disease: a pilot study” at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Toronto in June.

In May Anne Mejia-Downs was invited to join a delegation of members from the American Public Health Association to travel to Cuba to study the country’s public health system. She spent a week visiting healthcare facilities, community clinics, and a medical school and met with many high-level officials, including the public health minister. She also was selected by the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community to be a faculty member of the Delta Mu Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega National Honors and Professional Society in Gerontology.

Dean Stephanie P. Kelly ’91 was an invited presenter in May at the APTA Education Section Workshop for New Faculty at Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, Ill. Kelly presented on both “Learning Styles and Active Learning” and “Course Design” for more than 50 new physical therapy faculty members. In March Staples and Clyde Killian presented a poster, “Lack of education and training negatively impacts physical therapy practitioners’ attitudes when working with people with dementia,” at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kathy Martin advised two doctoral student projects this year, both of which were published in Pediatric Physical Therapy. The first article, “The relationship between body mass index and gross motor development in children aged 3 to 5 years,” was coauthored by Martin, Debbie Nervik ’99 ’09, and Peter Rundquist. The second article, “The role of physical therapists in pediatric health promotion and obesity prevention: Comparison of attitudes,” was authored by Martin, Amy Schlessman, Pam Ritzline ’87, and Chris Petrosino.

In February Emily Slaven presented “Prediction of Functional Outcome at Six Months Following Total Hip Arthroplasty” at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section Meeting in New Orleans. In May Slaven presented “Mentoring Outside One’s Field: Turning Negatives into Positives” at the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana-Champaign, Ill. Slaven published “Management of Chronic Ankle Pain using Joint Mobilization and ASTYM Treatment: A Case Report” in the spring Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

Modern Languages: Fluent in English, German, music

In July Gerburg Garmann gave a multimedia presentation of her poetry and music compositions as part of “The New Europe at the Crossroads” at Trinity College, Dublin. She recently received a commendation from the British art magazine Aesthetica for her poem “Eliza’s Bird.” Her works “Danse Macabre,” “Orange Morning,” “Dancer,” “Klee’s Woman,” “Weites Feld,” “Größenordnung,” “Durchblick,” and “Crazy Chess” are featured in issue 39 of Dichtungsring. Five other poems will be in issue 40 of Dichtungsring. “Stepping Forward,” “Love IV,” “Song for Her Children,” and “Life’s Essentials” are featured in the 2011 summer issue of Avatar.  “Cityscape” will serve as the cover of the October 2011 issue of Numinous. “Living Quarters” will appear in BRICKrhetoric, and her poem “Evening Hymn” will be published in Foundling Review. Her poem “Ulysses” is forthcoming in Criterion.

Philosophy & Religion: Ethics of punishment

Peter Murphy published a paper in Philip K. Dick and Philosophy on the ethics of punishment in the film Minority Report, titled, “Public Relations Guide for New Officers.” He also published “Would Donation Undercut the Morality of Execution?” in the American Journal of Bioethics.

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