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Research feature

Dr. Zan Gao, associate professor and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (PAEL), was featured in the latest issue of CEHD’s alumni publication, CONNECT. “Motivation to Move!” highlights the research Gao is doing on the use of technology to promote physical activity. “Technology is a double-edged sword,” he says. “One edge can lead to sedentary behavior... On the other edge, though, some technologies can actually motivate people to greater physical activity, where they play games and start moving their bodies.”

Student spotlight

Each year, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funds hundreds of students who produce new knowledge and creative work in partnership with U of M faculty. UROP serves students and faculty whose learning and teaching goals include outside-the-classroom enrichment. School of Kinesiology faculty have hosted a number of UROP students over the years, many of whom have gone on to attend our graduate programs and work with their faculty mentors on innovative and exciting research.

Meet Nicolette Peterson, UROP student who is working this semester in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory.

Our areas of study

School Leadership

Li Li Ji, PhD
Director & Professor, School of Kinesiology
Director, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene
and Exercise Science
llji@umn.edu
612-624-9809
Rayla Allison, JD
Senior Lecturer, Sport Management
Associate Director, School of Kinesiology
alli0069@umn.edu
612-626-3256
Bob Janoski
Administrative Director, School of Kinesiology
janoski@umn.edu
612-625-3332

Program Contacts

Brandi Hoffman
Director, Physical Activity Program & CEHD Academic, Professional, and Personal Success Program
bhoffman@umn.edu
612-625-8868
Katie Koopmeiners
Undergraduate Academic Adviser (REC, SMGT, Coaching)
koopm035@umn.edu
612-626-5098
Nicole LaVoi, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sport & Exercise Psychology & Sport Sociology
Director, Coaching Program
nmlavoi@umn.edu
612-626-6055
Beth Lewis, PhD
Associate Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
Director, Undergraduate Studies
blewis@umn.edu
612-625-0756
Colin Rogness
Undergraduate Academic Adviser (KIN)
rogne027@umn.edu
612-301-5265
Chelsey Thul, PhD
Lecturer
Honors Faculty Representative
rodd0020@umn.edu
612-301-1382
Michael Wade, PhD
Professor, Motor Learning/Motor Development
Interim Director, Graduate Studies
mwade@umn.edu
612-626-2094
Nina Wang, MS
Graduate Studies & M.Ed. Coordinator
nwang@umn.edu
612-625-4380