Campus Annoucements |Illinois faculty featured in Smarter Brains on PBS
Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Edward McAuley, Beckman faculty member and professor of kinesiology and community health, and Gillian Cooke, Beckman postdoctoral researcher, are featured in “Smarter Brains,” a program airing on WILL-TV at 9 pm Wednesday, August 21. (The program also airs 1 pm Sat, Aug. 17; 1 am Sun, Aug. 18; 1 pm Mon, Aug. 19; and 3:30 am Wed, August 21.) The program explores the amazing science behind human intelligence and how it shapes enjoyment of the world around us. Using inspirational stories, computer-generated illustrations and interviews with researchers and experts, the program shows how all of us can use everyday techniques and skills to keep ourselves smart, active, and vibrant throughout our lives. Continue.
APS | Becoming a faculty member: transition from graduate student/post-doc to the tenure track
For many years I, Dr. Edward McAuley, have been concerned that the majority of graduate programs around the country have failed quite miserably in one vital aspect of graduate education: training graduate students to become faculty members. I don’t believe that I am alone in this belief, as evidenced by the many excellent columns in the Mentoring Forum section of The Physiologist. Indeed, many professors do an excellent job of preparing their graduate students but much of this is informal training. After much discussion with colleagues, my concern prompted me, in 2008, to design and teach a graduate class in Professional Development. In this class, I tried to share my own experiences of mentoring faculty and graduate students in such a way that the students in the class would feel better prepared for what “lay in wait for them” out there on the tenure track. In this column, I address one of those topics, the transition to becoming a faculty member. Continue.
A big thank you to EPL Exercise Technologist, John Salerno, for all of his assistance and hard work in the EPL over the past year. Good luck in PT school in the fall – we will miss you!
Dr. McAuley and John with his Honorary EDDIE Award at his going away party
Congratulations to EPL postdoctoral fellow, Krystle Zuniga, who recently passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians to become a registered dietitian (RD). Krystle completed her dietetic internship and PhD in nutritional sciences through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Presented to a former Undergraduate Research Assistant who has demonstrated the EDDIE qualities of Excellence, Dedication, Diligence, Integrity, and Efficiency in the Exercise Psychology Laboratory.
John Salerno has distinguished himself as an Exercise Technologist in the EPL and has consistently demonstrated the level of professionalism, industry, responsibility, and respectfulness that reflect him as being the perfect role model for our undergraduate students. John’s willingness to assist others, to take on any and all assignments, and to do so with enthusiasm and good humor have made him an invaluable asset to our research enterprise.
The Honorary EDDIE Award goes to: John Salerno
… for levels of professionalism, industry, responsibility, and respectfulness that make him the perfect role model for our undergraduate students.…
Good luck in PT school, John! Thank you for everything!
Congratulations to EPL graduate research assistant, Erin A. Olson, who was recently named as one of two Illinois recipients of the 2013-2014 Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholars for the Study of Aging! For more information on Erin’s dissertation, please click here. Congratulations, Erin!
Congratulations to former exercise specialist, Jordan, and current undergraduate research assistant, Matt, on completing the first month of The Illini 4000! Exercise specialists, Linsey and Jackie, showed their support when the pair rode through Champaign. Check back for future updates as they continue on to California!
Science Daily | A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately after
Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time. Continue.
Congratulations to EPL Undergraduate Research Assistants, Exercise Specialists, and Graduate Students who matriculated this Spring. Thank you for your hard work and good luck next year!
Undergraduate Research Assistants and Exercise Specialists:
Elise, Taylor, Merril, Sarah, Kelly, Jordan & Alyssa
Dr. Gothe, Dr. McAuley & Exercise Specialists Jordan and Merril