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AHS New Faculty: Citlali Lopez-Ortiz

Author: Kayla Davis

Published Date:November 10, 2014

Dr. Lopez-Ortiz is a recent addition to the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. With a background in dance and complex sciences, Dr. Lopez-Ortiz obtained her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Dance Biomechanics at the State University of New York at Brockport. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and a Research Scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is a faculty member of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. 

 
Dr. Lopez-Ortiz's research here at Illinois focuses on how the human brain generates motor coordination using the language of dance movement. Her research is intrinsically interdisciplinary as it includes the areas of dance, biomechanics, mathematical modeling, motor control, motor learning, physics, body-environment interfaces, mixed media, computational neuroscience, neurophysiology, and rehabilitation. Dr. Lopez-Ortiz is developing the scientific basis for dance as therapy for rehabilitation of movement disorders and enhancement of movement learning. The intersection of the arts and sciences have helped her to enrich the lives of individuals of all abilities.
 
One of Dr. Lopez-Ortiz's favorite things about Illinois so far is that there is a very lively community here on campus. She was drawn to U of I because of its amazing research resources and its supportive environment. Illinois is well-recognized for its research programs, so Dr. Lopez-Ortiz was more than thrilled to join the team. She was also excited to come here because she heard great things about the students on this campus. Dr. Lopez-Ortiz likes the sense of discovery and teamwork in class and in the laboratory and she is very excited to get started as a new member of the Applied Health Sciences faculty.
 
Three things you may not know about Dr. Lopez-Ortiz:
 
- She enjoys Kick-Boxing and practicing other sports.
 
- She is a physicist. *her undergraduate degree was in physics*
 
- She is a cat lover!

Published Date: November 10, 2014


AHS New Faculty: Nuno Ribeiro

Author: Nathaniel Leonardi

Published Date:November 6, 2014

 

Dr. Nuno Ribeiro is one of the newest additions to the Recreation, Sports, & Tourism faculty.  Dr. Ribeiro received both his Masters and Doctorate from Penn State University in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology.  With a professional background in Hospitality and Tour Operations Management, Dr. Ribeiro has traveled extensively throughout his life.  Although he spent his childhood and did most of his schooling in Portugal (B.S. in Tourism Planning and Development, ULHT) lived and worked in places such as; Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, and Vietnam.   After a postdoctoral fellowship with the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, position at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, and a position as Research Assistant Professor at Clemson University, South Carolina, Dr. Ribeiro has found his way to the University of Illinois. 

 

Dr. Ribeiro conducted his doctoral research on the impact of culture on young peoples’ risky behaviors in hedonistic tourism destinations and he expanded this line of research during his post-doctorate working with First Nations Peoples in Canada. He looked at the positive influences of cultural practices on health behavior among Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, and Metis youth in Saskatchewan. Dr. Ribeiro would like to use what he has learned from his research in order to positively impact the health of young people in a variety of tourism environments.  Specifically, Dr. Ribeiro argues that culture and cross-cultural knowledge are incredibly important variables to consider when designing, conducting, and evaluating health-based interventions among youth, and also that tourism and leisure environments are ideal environments in which to do so.

 

Dr. Ribeiro is a regular presenter at the Annual International Congress of Qualitive Inquiry (ICQI) held at the University of Illinois, and through ICQU, he became better acquainted with this University. The extremely high caliber of the faculty within the Recreation, Sports, & Tourism department and the College of Applied Health Sciences drew his eye, as well as the emphasis faculty and staff place on collaboration and constructive criticism and support for Interdisciplinary research.  He was also impressed by how much the faculty care for their students and how positively the students respond to their professors.  Dr. Ribeiro has been enjoying interactions with students at UIUC and looks forward to getting to know them better in the future. Dr. Ribeiro is currently teaching Administration of Leisure Services (RST 410) and will be teaching Cultural Impacts of Tourism (RST 351) in the spring semester.

 

Dr. Ribeiro loves sports (he is a diehard Chelsea FC fan), and enjoys playing tennis, racquetball, and lifting weights. He has three cats and does not like heights. Dr. Ribeiro is fluent in five languages and has intermediate language skills in two more. One of his most recent memorable experiences was having David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, personally cook him a meal. 

For more information about Dr. Ribeiro, please visit his website at https://sites.google.com/site/nunofribeirowebsite/

Published Date: November 6, 2014


AHS New Faculty: Toni Liechty

Author: Kayla Davis

Published Date:October 27, 2014

Dr. Toni Liechty, one of the newest additions to the Department of Recreation, Sports, and Tourism, began her work at the University of Illinois in August of 2014. Dr. Liechty obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Parks and Recreation in her home state at Utah State University, a Master's of Science in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership at Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Leisure Studies at Pennsylvania State University.  Prior to arriving at Illinois, Dr. Liechty was a faculty member in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University.

 
Her research here at the U of I focuses on the complex relationship between body image and physically active leisure. Does physical activity suffer because of poor body image? Does body image improve through participation in physical activity? These are just a few of the types of questions Dr. Liechty wants answers to. 
 
Dr. Liechty was drawn to U of I because she is enthusiastically interested in research and she realized that some of the greatest research scholars in this field of study work here at the University. The RST department at Illinois is very well-respected and the excellent research community was something she simply could not pass up. As a new faculty member, Dr. Liechty is most looking forward to the opportunity to work with great scholars and equally great students. She is excited because the students here are awesome and energetic, and they have a genuine interest in learning. This has made her transition to Illinois very easy since the people here have been so helpful and welcoming. 
 
Some other things you may not know about Dr. Liechty:
 
-She likes to do wheel pottery.
 
-She once caught an 80-lb Grouper fish.
 
-She loves cats and has three at home.
 

Published Date: October 27, 2014


Office of Recreation and Park Resources Determine what Illinoisans Want Concerning Outdoor Recreation

Author: Nathaniel Leonardi

Published Date:October 23, 2014

 

Dr. Jarrod Scheunemann, Robin Hall, and graduate student Megan Owens of the Office of Recreation and Park Resources at the University of Illinois conducted a survey for the Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s Office of Realty and Environmental Planning biennially.  The survey is used to assess the outdoor physical usage of and quality of outdoor recreational organizations, such as park districts, municipalities, and forest preserve/conservation districts. 

 

The survey concluded that Illinois holistically determined that there needs to be an increased number of trails, hiking, walking, nature, and multiuse, due to a large request population.  According to the survey, more than 800 trails are being developed statewide.  Through an increased number of trails, the economic gain from communities around those trails also increase. 

 

Outdoor sport pickle ball is also on the rise.  With a large population of older adults, the sport, a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, has gained popularity due to its lighter intensity level.  The number of pickle ball courts is increasing, however lower than the number of bocce ball and horseshoe courts. 

 

The survey determined the impact fiscal constraints play on the recreation department.  Communities are switching to splash pads rather than pools in order to decrease costs.  Similarly, multiuse fields are being built constructed in order to refrain from constructing multiple types of fields for different sports or activities. 

 

For the Full article, please visit the Inside Illinois Article at http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/1007recreation_survey_MeganOwens_JarrodScheunemann.html

Published Date: October 23, 2014


AHS New Faculty: Carena van Riper

Author: Nathaniel Leonardi

Published Date:October 9, 2014

 

Dr. Carena van Riper is a recent addition to the Department of Recreation, Sports, and Tourism.  Dr. van Riper recently received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with a certificate from the National Science Foundation’s Applied Biodiversity Program.  Her educational career took her through various parts of the world including Australia, Peru, Arizona, Vermont, Texas, and now Illinois.  Dr. van Riper is extremely excited to continue her career at the University of Illinois.  The quality of the University of Illinois’s research environment as well internationally recognized faculty in the department drew her to this position.

 

Dr. van Riper’s research primarily focuses on the psychological mechanisms (e.g., values, norms, human-place bonding) that underlie behaviors leading to impacts on protected areas, particularly surrounding coastal and aquatic environments.  Much of her work is used to develop management interventions that can increase public involvement in decision-making and sustain the flow of benefits that nature provides to stakeholders such as outdoor recreationists.  She plans to focus her interests in water-based recreation on the great lakes and surrounding Midwestern protected areas.  She looks forward to experiencing freedom of through provided by an academic environment and plethora of opportunities associated with starting her own research program.

 

The strong sense of community and collaborative nature of the faculty have of Dr. van Riper’s favorite things about Champaign-Urbana.  The Urbana farmer’s markets, bike friendly roads, and the abundance of green space, are also very appealing to her.  As an individual whose research primarily focuses on the psychological benefits people obtain from nature, she has found the support for local and protected areas to be particularly inspiring. Dr. van Riper has felt very well supported sincer her arrival and she looks forward to building a career at the University of Illinois.  

Published Date: October 9, 2014


CHAD RFDA begins with ICR Reconstruction lecture

Author: Nathaniel Leonardi

Published Date:October 2, 2014

The Center on Health, Aging, and Disability recently began a program titled Research and Faculty Development Academy for faculty within the College of Applied Health Sciences in order to enhance the knowledge of the faculty concerning various issues within their positions on campus. The academy restarted the series with a topic of dire importance to the researching faculty on campus. The University of Illinois recently altered the policy of funding for research grants that will change the monetary amount the principle investigator receives for their research and how much the university/department receive as well. Similarly, this policy recently implemented a change in the cost of recruitment and retention of graduate student positions, general research funds, demands of renovations and lab space, growth of interdisciplinary research, and the issue of faculty researching outside of their own college.


CHAD’s interim director Dr. Jeffrey Woods, Professor of Kinesiology, co-lead the presentation with the Elizabeth Clawson, CPA and the Director of Budget Operations within the College of Applied Health Sciences. The title of this presentation was “Grand budgeting, new campus ICR policy and implications for proposal development.” Along with Dr. Woods and Mrs. Clawson, they were joined by Amber Floyd, the Grants and Contracts Coordinator for the College of Applied Health Sciences. The three individuals provided an excellent lecture and housed an open discussion for faculty within the College of Applied Sciences. The importance of this topic created a healthy discussion between the faculty which generated questions concerning the ICR redistribution and other related conversation topics.


For more information about the ICR Redistribution and this CHAD RDFA, please visit https://illinois.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/CHAD+Research+and+Faculty+Development+Academy+2014Sep23/1_di8o5dab  to view the video from this presentation or to download the lecture slides. For more information about upcoming workshops please click here.

 

To sign up for the next RDFA meeting, please do so using this form.  

Published Date: October 2, 2014


USOC Makes It Official: U of I Announced as Paralympic Training Site

Author: Kayla Davis

Published Date:September 29, 2014

 

The United States Olympic Committee and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have agreed to designate the university, specifically the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), as a U.S. Paralympic Training Site. The DRES venues, staff, and resources will provide an elite athlete training environment for current and aspiring Paralympic track & field athletes. Athletes within the College of Applied Health Sciences participated in the first Paralympic Games, so this continued partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee will surely deepen relations and intensify the celebration of athletic ability that these games represent. BP, the official sponsor supporting the training site at Illinois, has donated $160,000  toward the training site. It is honored to support the establishment of a site believed to be the future top Paralympic wheelchair racing training facility in the world.

For the original Article, Please visit http://ahs.illinois.edu/paralympictraining.aspx

Published Date: September 29, 2014


Living potential, not limitation, has always been Nugent's goal

Author: Kayla Davis

Published Date:September 29, 2014

 

Timothy Nugent, leader and pioneer of Illinois' first comprehensive service program for students with disabilities, faced incredible adversity when he challenged conventional wisdom and attitudes surrounding individuals with disabilities in the late 1950s. Doctors, university administrators, and faculty alike were all critical of the World War II veteran's program ideas, questioning if students with disabilities could sufficiently develop the functional skills required to manage their own lives and needs. His resistant opponents often tried to destroy the program, communicating that students with disabilities would be a problem for the university because they would be demoralizing or distracting.

Now 91 years old, Nugent's need to change attitudes about individuals with disabilities by encouraging physical activity and establishing independence has helped Illinois lead the way in wheelchair sports, accessibility standards, and disability rights. It is a big change from 66 years ago, and now Illinois has the accommodations that students need: ramps to building entrances, curb cuts, more accessible classrooms, and access to gyms. The program has also developed other facilities and services such as Beckwith Hall, Nugent Hall, and the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services.

To learn more about Timothy Nugent and his outstanding contributions to Illinois, Please visit http://news.illinois.edu/ii/14/0918/timothy_nugent_pioneering_disability_services.html

Published Date: September 29, 2014


AHS Faculty present to Board of Trustees

Author: Nathaniel Leonardi

Published Date:September 25, 2014

 

Recently, Dr. Aron Barbey, Speech and Hearing Science, and Dr. Marni Boppart, Kinesiology and Community Health, presented their research to the Board of Trustees.  Dr. Barbey’s research focuses on cognitive processes concerned with executive control, reasoning, and decision making.  Dr. Boppart’s research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for muscle repair and growth post-exercise. 

 

To learn more about these individuals and the research they do on campus, please follow these links below and listen to their presentations to the Board of Trustees.

Barbey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hmfzJ3daPA&feature=youtu.be

Boppart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrYoirrUEeE&feature=youtu.be

Published Date: September 25, 2014


PEOPLE WITH TINNITUS PROCESS EMOTIONS DIFFERENTLY FROM THEIR PEERS, RESEARCHERS REPORT

Author: Penny Nigh

Published Date:June 26, 2014

University of Illinois Speech and Hearing Science Professor Fatima Husain

Patients with persistent ringing in the ears – a condition known as tinnitus – process emotions differently in the brain from those with normal hearing, researchers report in the journal Brain Research.

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Published Date: June 26, 2014