For The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, it has been another productive and busy year. We’ll recap some of our many highlights below.
2009 was the “year of social media” for The Tucker Center. We launched this blog, a Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and maintain a Twitter page (@TuckerCenter). To this end, we brought together a panel of experts and invited guest blogs on the topic of how social media impacts women’s sports. Some of our graduate students are currently conducting research on gender and social media to forward what is known about this emerging and dynamic area of inquiry.
We were sought out for our expertise and quoted in numerous stories around the country, included TIME, The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Nation, ESPN The Magazine, The Women’s Press, The NCAA Champion magazine, Minneapolis StarTribune, and St. Paul Pioneer Press.
We spoke at numerous professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, to disseminate our cutting-edge research, and published in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals (there are too many to list here!).
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor in Kinesiology, and Jens Omli, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development, were awarded a $212,000 grant over two years from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The grant will implement the International Sport Connection Soccer Coach Education program in collaboration with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations.
Associate Director, Nicole LaVoi, launched We Coach: Educating and Empowering Through Sport. This initiative is an effort to increase the number of female coaches in youth and interscholastic sport.
We were awarded grants to help further our research agendas. Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has just received a New Connections grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two-year grant will support Barr-Anderson’s work focusing on perceived and objective environmental influences on physical activity among high school girls. Beth Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kinesiology, has been awarded an NIH grant for her proposal entitled “Efficacy of an Exercise Intervention for the Prevention of PostPartum Depression. Maureen Weiss, Ph.D.,