Tucker Center Newsletter - 2010 Fall
- Letter from the Director
- Feature Article: Black Women DO Workout! Or If We Don’t, We Need to Start
- Research Update
- Did You Know? espnW to Debut in the Spring of 2011
- Tucker Center Film Fest!
- Keep in Touch with the Tucker Center!
- Staff Updates: Maya Hamilton
- Kudos & Announcements
- Guest Column, with Dr. Beth Lewis: Exercise and Weight Maintenance for Females: There is Hope!
- Fall 2010 Distinguished Lecture:
Reducing Obesity Among Minority Females: The Critical Role of Physical Activity
Letter from the Director
Greetings from the Tucker Center! We hope your fall is off to a great start. In this edition of the newsletter you'll read about many of the exciting educational and research initiatives Tucker Center faculty, affiliated scholars, and students have been involved with over the summer, not to mention what we are planning for this upcoming semester.
We are pleased to announce that our fall Distinguished Lecture will examine the important and timely issue surrounding the critical role that physical activity plays in obesity prevention, particularly for minority females. A trio of internationally recognized experts and U of M scholars—Professors Daheia Barr-Anderson, Beth Lewis and Dianne Neumark-Stzainer—will share their interdisciplinary knowledge, latest research findings, and prevention/intervention efforts, all of which address the far-too-high and ever-increasing rates of obesity on a national scale. Please join us on Wednesday, October 20th, at the Humphrey Center on the West Bank. As an added bonus, you can learn more about this topic by reading Professor Barr-Anderson's feature story, along with Professor Lewis' guest column.
We also highlight student-led research initiatives including the work of senior undergraduate student, Salma Hussein. Among her many contributions, Ms. Hussein played a major role in expanding our research on the physical activity—and all too often, unfortunately, inactivity—patterns among Somali adolescent girls living in the Twin Cities. In addition to Ms. Hussein's efforts, sport sociology doctoral student Austin Stair Calhoun continued to receive statewide recognition for her research on sport, gender, and new media, particularly social media. Finally, our Staff Update column features the work of another in the line of outstanding Tucker Center graduate students—research assistant Maya Hamilton.
This coming fall, members of the Tucker Center and other key stakeholders in women's sports will participate in conversations with ESPN as they launch a new brand aimed at expanding their female audience—espnW. Read more about espnW and our involvement in this bold initiative in the Did You Know column.
We continue to be asked to share our opinions and expertise, be part of national conversations, and conduct educational workshops on cutting-edge issues regarding how to maintain and advance girls' and women's involvement in sport and physical activity (see Kudos & Announcements). To keep up to date on all the work we do at the Tucker Center, visit our Keep In Touch page.
— Mary Jo Kane, Director