NEWS AND NOTES
Alums of Chinese Champions Program compete in Sochi Olympics
“Betty” Wang Bingyu, Zhou Yan, Liu Yan and Yue Qingshuang are alumnae of UW-Madison’s Chinese Champions Program, and made up the core of China’s women’s curling team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Chinese Champions Program at UW-Madison was a strategic global engagement initiative designed in partnership with the China Scholarship Council and Beijing Sport University (BSU), which is considered the foremost sports, physical education and exercise science institution in the country.
Those who participated in this unique, formal exchange were enrolled in a post-graduate program at BSU. While at UW-Madison, the Chinese student-athletes took part in a customized series of non-degree-seeking seminars, and the Department of Kinesiology helped manage the program from 2010–12.
“High-profile athletes, especially women, are extraordinary ambassadors for the value of exercise in improving public health," says UW-Madison’s Ann Ward, a faculty associate with the Department of Kinesiology. "And the four curlers representing China at the Sochi Games offered our faculty and students a unique view of China’s changing sports structures, and took home with them a new appreciation of the opportunities available for athletes at a campus like ours."
Although this foursome won a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, they failed to make it out of pool play in Sochi, Russia.
Alumni Hein, Matzen recognized as top young educators
Jordan Hein, an alumnus of the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program, was awarded the Wisconsin Association for Colleges of Teacher Education’s (WACTE) Early Career Educator Award — which is presented to an outstanding educator within the first three years of his/her professional career.
Hein is a physical education and health teacher at Union Grove (Wis.) High School, where he also works as the head wrestling coach and runs the school’s strength and conditioning club. He was honored during WACTE’s annual conference on March 30.
And alumna Bethany Matzen earned the Promising Professional Award from the Wisconsin Health & Physical Education Association in the fall of 2013.
Matzen, who works at Beloit (Wis.) Memorial High School, earned an undergraduate degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program. She also earned a minor in health education and a certificate in adaptive physical education.
Matzen not only teaches health, a physical education class and physical education classes for students with cognitive disabilities, but is also a student senate co-advisor, assistant coach for the girls hockey team, on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) team and is co-chair for the cardio and strength training committee.
Athletic Training students earn national PR honor
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) recognized students from UW-Madison’s Athletic Training program as one of two winners in the student category for the NATA public relations contest. The students were recognized at the NATA convention in Indianapolis on June 26.
UW-Madison’s AT Program has two student groups — the Association of Athletic Training Students (AATS) and the Athletic Training Students for Brain Safety (ATSBS) — that work together on a number of campus and community projects.
‘It’s great to be recognized for the events our student organizations participate in within the Madison community,” says ATSBS student leader Melissa Galarowicz.
During National Athletic Training Month in March, students from the AT program were especially active as they: visited lawmakers at the Wisconsin State Capitol to promote the AT profession; participated in Safety Night at the Madison Children’s Museum; promoted brain safety during a family science night at a Madison school; and participated in the Alzheimer’s Research Day with an informational poster on brain safety.
‘We have a very dedicated group of students, faculty and clinical staff on our campus and in our community,” says UW-Madison Athletic Training Program Director Andy Winterstein. ‘I’m most pleased that the students are taking the message of prevention and safety to such a wide audience.”
Schrage in running for Pathways to Stop Diabetes funding
UW-Madison’s Graduate School selected one proposal from campus as its submission to the American Diabetes Association’s Pathway to Stop Diabetes initiative. The winning proposal came from Bill Schrage, an associate professor with the Department of Kinesiology.
Pathway to Stop Diabetes is a new initiative that has a goal of funding 100 new diabetes investigators over the next decade. The winners of the 2014 competition will be announced later this year, with the awards delivering funding of $1.25 million over the next five years.
In September 2013 Schrage was awarded the Gail Patrick American Diabetes Association Innovation Award for his proposal, “In vivo imaging of cerebrovascular structure and function in metabolic syndrome.”
Schrage had been working on this project, which examines blood flow in the brain, since January 2012. In patients with pre-diabetes, the risk of stroke increases, so Schrage was looking at the blood vessel network’s response to daily stressors, like exercise.
Schrage’s proposal for the Pathway to Stop Diabetes initiative would build off this work by collaborating with others across campus to add new brain imaging technologies and neuroscience to more closely examine how neurons in the brain and blood delivery are connected, and if an imbalance between neuron activity and blood flow contributes to development of brain ailments like dementia, Alzheimer’s and stroke.
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• Tim Gattenby, who coordinates the Department of Kinesiology’s Adaptive Fitness and Personal Training program, received the Community Engaged Scholarship Award at the School of Education’s annual Faculty & Staff Achievement Awards in April. Gattenby has created, designed and supported numerous activities for adults and children with disabilities that increase activity levels and promote fitness, recreation and sport.
• At the Athletic Training program’s annual banquet in May, Margaret Pelton received the Tasha Bolton Award as the 2014 Outstanding Athletic Training Student. In addition, recent graduates Josh McCullough and Tylee Schraufnagel were awarded the Gordon Stoddard Award for Academic Excellence. In October, Schraufnagel was one of five students from across the UW–Madison campus to receive an On Wisconsin Society award. This honor bestowed by the Homecoming Committee is designed to highlight exceptional students.
• David Bell, an assistant professor and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory, was selected to participate in the Young Investigators Initiative Grant Mentoring Program. This program is offered through the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, which is dedicated to raising public awareness and increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases. Bell, who took part in his first workshop in May in Chicago, will be traveling to Toronto in 2015 for more work. Research in his lab focuses on the prevention of lower extremity injuries, with special focus on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
• At the School of Education’s annual Partners in Education Banquet and Recognition Program in May, Terry Fargen of Madison La Follette High School received a prestigious Rockwell Award. The banquet recognizes and thanks the many dedicated teachers who open their classrooms to provide field experiences for UW–Madison student teachers and practicum students. Fargen has worked with the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education program for over 15 years and is described as “a master teacher” who has “guided and challenged” students.
• Under the leadership of Cindy Kuhrasch, students from the School of Education helped train 50 high schoolers from the area to become site leaders for summer programming run by Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), the public recreation provider for residents of Madison. Those who took part in this service activity on April 5 included Maddie Flynn, Lue Yang and Noah Sevett of the Physical Education Teacher Education program. The training for the high school students was part of a six-week program that MSCR uses to prepare these young people to help administer its summer programs. Kuhrasch coordinates the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Education Teacher Education program.
• Andy Winterstein, who directs the Kinesiology Department’s Athletic Training program, delivered a lecture Nov. 8 at the University of Oregon titled, “Patient Outcomes Following Knee Injury: Clinical Trends and Current Research.”
• A range of UW–Madison partners, including the Department of Kinesiology’s Adapted Fitness program, pooled their resources to host Badgers ADAPT, a day of Paralympic and adaptive sports events and activities held on campus in October 2013.