Strength Training and Older Adults
Dr. Matthew Delmonico's research focuses on the effects of strength training on physical performance in older adults. Specifically, Dr. Delmonico investigates how strength training improves muscle power and velocity, which are strong determinants of physical functioning in older adults. Dr. Delmonico also examines how common gene variations influence strength training outcomes in older adults, and is a member of a multi-disciplinary team that is currently examining the effects of combined weight loss and strength training on physical performance and functioning in overweight older adults. Current Project Newly Funded Project
Dr. Bryan Blissmer’s research focuses on delivering interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as analysis of the psychosocial outcomes of those interventions. This research involves collaboration with faculty in Psychology and Nutrition and has included populations ranging from adolescents to older adults. His current funding by the American Cancer Society is to examine the best way to get individuals with multiple risk factors (smoking, sedentary, poor diet) to change their behaviors to promote health and reduce their risk of developing cancer.
Dr. Tom Manfredi's research focus is on the effects of exercise and nutrition on skeletal muscle of aging healthy adults with CVD and other metabolic related diseases. Most recent research focuses on an animal aging model that looks at heart and skeletal muscle mitochondria as a central focus of the aging heart.
Dr. Emily Clapham is interested in the effects of using technology in physical education settings. Her dissertation focused on utilizing heart rate monitors and pedometers with fourth and fifth grade students. She created supportive curricula to create a conceptual framework for implementing the devices successfully. Dr. Clapham’s other research interests include: the “new” physical education, girls’ sport and physical activity participation and motivation and physical activity for upper elementary and secondary students.
Promoting Physical Activity
Dr. Deborah Riebe’s research focuses on promoting exercise and physical activity in various populations, including older adults, individuals who are overweight or obese, and college students. She is part of the SENIOR project (Study of Exercise and Nutrition in Older Rhode Islanders) which helps adults over the age of 65 remain active and eat a healthy diet. Dr. Riebe also develops and investigates interventions designed to prevent weight gain, lose weight, and maintain weight loss.
Cardiovascular Disease and Rehabilitation
Dr. Linda Lamont has 25 years of experience in cardiovascular rehabilitation programming. Her research interests include amino acid/protein metabolism and clinical exercise physiology. Her research has been funded by grants from the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the Ohio Board of Regents.
Cultural Politics of Sport and Physical Activity
Dr. Kyle Kusz’s research examines the role that various formations of sport and physical culture play in the politics of race, class, gender, generation, and nation mainly in an American context. Informed by qualitative and cultural studies methods as well as critical race, feminist, poststructuralist, and Marxist theories, his work has illuminated how sport formations like extreme sports and NASCAR; sporting celebrities like Pat Tillman, Freddy Adu, and Lance Armstrong; and sport films like Dogtown and Z Boys, Jerry Maguire, and Fight Club, among others both reflect and participate in larger social struggles over the meanings articulated with race, gender, class and American national identity at particular times in American history.
Dr. Furong Xu’s research focuses on physical activity (PA) participation and ways and strategies that lead to an increased PA participation in different age groups. Her research encompasses the fields of curriculum and instruction, physical activity assessment and lifetime physical activity. Dr. Xu is particularly interested in determining the impact of Taichi in older adults with respect to physical and mental characteristics, such as balance, flexibility and depression occurrence. Dr. Xu also studied the factors associated with student PA opportunities and behavioral choices of PA at middle school level.
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Internship in Australia Information Session
Date: Tuesday, October 15; Session 1: 1:00-1:45; Session 2: 2:00-2:45; Where: Independence Square 203
Kinesiology Walking Program
The Kinesiology Department is seeking students to serve as walking coaches for the new “Rhode To Health” program on Wednesdays from 12-1. Highly interested students can also serve on the planning committee. The program will begin Wednesday, October 2 with a big kick-off ceremony up on campus. This is a great way for students to gain experience working in a “real world” setting.
Scholarships For Study Abroad
The URI Office of International Education will be offering information sessions for those interested in applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Thursday, September 19th 7PM-8PM Memorial Union, Room 318, Tuesday, September 24th 1 PM-2PM. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship(DEADLINE 10/1/2013), CLICK HERE
For additional information on education abroad scholarship opportunities CLICK HERE
The Study Abroad Fair
It will be held Wednesday, September 18th from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Information on study abroad and the Kinesiology Australia Internship Program will be available.
URI Physical Therapy Open House
The annual URI PT open house will be held on September 26, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:00 in Independence Square.
Kinesiology in the News
Kinesiology is a broad field encompassing all facets of human movement. CLICK HERE to learn more
HSS Living and Learning Community
HSS Living and Learning Community
in Butterfield Hall is a great opportunity for Kinesiology students to network with each other during their first year on campus.