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The lessons of coaching science after Mary Cain

In this episode [S1E4] of “Tucker Center Talks,” Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, Tucker Center director and School of Kinesiology senior lecturer, has a conversation with Dr. Julie McCleery and Emily Stets about revelations pertaining to elite runner Mary Cain. Julie is Director of Research-Practice Partnerships & Lecturer, University of Washington Center for Leadership in Athletics, […] [READ MORE]

Profile on Collegiate Coaches, with Dr. Austin Stair Calhoun

In this episode [S1E3] of “Tucker Center Talks,” Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi talks with Dr. Austin Stair Calhoun, a Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar and currently the Chief of Staff at the University of Minnesota’s Office of Medical Education. We talk about our research together pertaining to family narratives in online coaching biographies of collegiate coaches […] [READ MORE]

LaVoi quoted in WomensRunning.com article

Tucker Center director Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in the WomensRunning.com article, “Why Women Will Save Running.” LaVoi comments on systems of coaching that are detrimental and the need to replace them with coaching culture that supports female athletes. [READ MORE]

Weiss Gives Keynote Presentation at Taiwan Kinesiology Research Conference

Maureen Weiss, PhD, professor of kinesiology, gave a keynote lecture at the “New Era for Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity Research between Taiwan and USA” conference in Taipei, Taiwan in October. The conference was organized by National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). NTNU is a premier research university […] [READ MORE]

Kane comments on Title IX in Washington Post girls’ wrestling article

In a recent Washington Post article, “A sport of their own: A high school wrestler from Kansas spent four years fighting to give girls the opportunity to compete in an official state sport,” Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director emerita of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, comments on Title IX, the landmark 1972 legislation […] [READ MORE]

Kane invited panelist for center directors at NASSS annual conference

Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director emerita of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is an invited panelist at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) annual conference in Virginia Beach, VA, November 7-10. The panel features directors of research centers in higher education and examines the challenges and opportunities associated […] [READ MORE]

TC director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi interviews founder and first director of Tucker Center, Dr. Mary Jo Kane

Dr. Kane tells listeners the origin story of the Tucker Center and discusses her seminal piece of research known as the “sport as continuum” paper. If you want to brush up, read the original 1995 paper—and you should because it is a good one!—or the 2017 reflection piece she wrote on the impact of her […] [READ MORE]

LaVoi, podcast quoted in NZ Newsroom article

The New Zealand publication Newsroom quotes Tucker Center director Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, in an online article “Women’s funding is not reverse discrimination.” The article quotes LaVoi extensively from her Tucker Center Talks podcast. [READ MORE]

Weiss’s research with Girls on the Run gives communities what they need to promote successful programs

School of Kinesiology professor Maureen Weiss, PhD, and co-authors published a longitudinal study evaluating the after-school program Girls on the Run. They researched the program’s effectiveness in promoting positive social, emotional, and physical health outcomes. Their study findings uncovered strong evidence that Girls on the Run is effective in promoting positive youth development, including season-long […] [READ MORE]

Tucker Center research cited in Crosscut piece on sport’s gendered disparities

Research on media coverage from the Tucker Center is cited in an article from Crosscut.com, “From media to money, WNBA players see disparities ‘in every aspect of the game.’ Just ask the Storm.” The article interviews various players and leaders from the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and discusses the issue of pay inequity in particular. [READ MORE]