Interested in being a sports coach? The Department of Kinesiology has a new Certificate in Sport Coaching for you. All students of any major at Boise State University interested in sport coaching are welcome to enroll.
The Certificate in Sport Coaching program offers 15 credits through six kinesiology classes. The required classes include:
- KINES 180 – Introduction to Sport Coaching
- KINES 220 – Introduction to Athletic Injuries
- KINES 360 – Psychology of Sport Coaching
- KINES 361 – Conditioning Principles for Sport
- KINES 362 – Sport Coaching Methods and Administration
- KINES 493 – Internship in Sport Coaching
Registration is now open with KINES 180, KINES 361, and KINES 362 being offered for the fall 2018 semester.
For any questions, students can email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact an advisor to ask about the specifics of the program and how it applies to their schedule.
Ten outstanding Boise State University graduating seniors, including two from the College of Health Sciences, were recognized for their exceptional academic success at the annual Top Ten Scholars reception on Monday, April 16 in the Stueckle Sky Center.
The scholars, joined by their families and professors, gathered for a reception that recognizes the students’ academic excellence and the influence specific faculty members have had on their success. It is a unique opportunity each year to bring together many of Boise State’s best and brightest students and teachers.
Presented by the Boise State Alumni Association, the awards ceremony featured remarks from each student honoree as well as remarks from Kevin Satterlee, chief operating officer, vice president and special counsel, and Jim Kerns, vice president of the Boise State Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Relations.
Students are nominated by their academic deans and are subject to rigorous review by a selection committee. To qualify for consideration, a student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point average. Nominees are then reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.
“Student recipients should feel extremely proud knowing that they are deemed the top of their graduating class,” said Lisa Gardner, executive director of the Boise State University Alumni Association. “They have had extraordinary experiences through their undergraduate studies with Boise State University and we hope that they continue to share their wisdom and energy with their colleagues and with their alma mater as they move through their life and career paths as Boise State alumni and continue to represent the university’s highest standards.”
Degree: Bachelor of arts in social work and a minor in Spanish
Future Plans: To attend a post-baccalaureate institution to participate in earning a master of social work with a clinical concentration and a law degree.
Honored Faculty: Manda Hicks, associate professor, director of forensics, Department of Communication
With two Boise State graduates as parents, Ross was destined to attend Boise State University.
As a member of the Boise State Talkin’ Broncos Speech and Debate Team, Ross has helped the program claim two of four consecutive national championship titles and has obtained three individual national titles of her own. These awards include public forum debate titles and an extemporaneous speaking title. She placed first out of hundreds of student speakers from more than 80 schools.
Ross has held several leadership positions during her time at Boise State, including the president and vice president of the Speech and Debate Team. Off campus, she was nominated by Idaho Senator Jim Risch to represent Idaho at the Henry Clay Collegiate Student Congress where she engaged in conversations of policy and humanitarianism. She was celebrated at the congress with an award for leading compromise in political conversations.
Ross’ background as a member of the Talkin’ Broncos extends beyond the university through her service work. She works as a student interpreter with Project Laura, an immigration clinic focused on serving undocumented minors. She also developed the Prison Debate Initiative, which provides educational experiences and life skills to incarcerated individuals. Additionally, she serves as an intern for the Hunger Relief Task Force.
Ross is from Boise, Idaho.
Degree: Bachelor of science in biology with a human emphasis and a bachelor of science in premedical studies with an emphasis in biology
Future Plans: Attend a top medical school in the fall to become a physician.
Honored Faculty: Julia Thom Oxford, distinguished professor, Department of Biological Sciences, director, Biomolecular Research Center
Robertson’s passion for service began long before his arrival at Boise State University, spending 1,500 plus hours volunteering at food banks, homeless shelters and hospitals, serving meals at the Boise Rescue Mission and working as a pediatric-preop volunteer at St. Luke’s Health System.
During his time at Boise State, Robertson has worked with Boise’s refugee population, tutoring junior high refugees, helping older refugees with job applications, and collaborating with campus organizations to share volunteer opportunities with students. Additionally, he is a contributor and launch-team member for an upcoming book detailing the bipartisan movement in communities across the country to aid refugees.
After completing an Urban Apiary internship, Robertson helped found the Boise State Bee Team. In 2015, he became the vice president of community service for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, where he coordinated volunteer projects for hundreds of students.
As a founding member of the Plasma Medicine Vertically Integrated Project in the College of Innovation and Design, Robertson collaborated with a diverse group of scientists to determine novel applications of a unique medical device. Recently, Robertson led his own project to compile all known and properly documented germline-mutations of DICER1 Syndrome, a rare cancer-predisposition disorder affecting a close family member.
In his free time, he is, an award-winning pianist and guitarist, playing with local churches and campus bands, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Robertson is from Fort Worth, Texas.
Degree: Bachelor of science in psychology and bachelor of science in criminal justice
Future Plans: Pursue a master of social work at Boise State and later advocate for victims’ rights in a clinical and legislative capacity.
Honored Faculty: R. Eric Landrum, professor, Department of Psychological Science
Although not currently a College of Health Sciences student, Levin will be pursuing her master of social work degree starting this fall at Boise State and will be completing her first-year field placement with Planned Parenthood.
Levin has been a member of the Boise State Honors College since her first year. She has held two internships, one with Boise neuropsychologist Craig Beaver, by whom she is now employed, and one with the Faces of Hope Victim Center. She has worked for Boise State both as an academic advisor and for the Educational Access Center. Levin has held a role as a research assistant with R. Eric Landrum, working to start an education-based nonprofit organization.
Levin is from Portland, Oregon.
The campus community is invited to the College of Health Sciences retirement celebration for Pam Strohfus, associate professor for the School of Nursing, and Mike Berlin, lecturer for the Department of Community and Environmental Health. The celebration will be held from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in room 114 of the Norco building.
Strohfus serves as the Graduate Programs Coordinator for the School of Nursing. Over her 15 years of service to Boise State University, Strohfus has devoted her research focus to insure effective vaccine delivery, influence immunization policy changes, and increase immunization rates in Idaho. Strohfus’ career has encompassed an extensive nursing background in medical/surgical, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, and primary care. Leading up to her academic career, Strohfus spent 20 years at Kaiser Permanente in nursing, quality programs, management, and administration. Additionally, she currently serves on the Idaho Immunization Coalition Board.
Berlin’s teaching specialties include a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including healthcare policy making, issues in aging, leadership and marketing for healthcare professionals, economics and finance in healthcare, and service delivery systems. Berlin previously worked in healthcare management for 25 years as both vice president of operations and vice president of product development for MHN, the behavioral health subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. He is also a co-founder of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group which has put him in a position to present to the Idaho state legislature and Idaho’s congressional representatives. His advocacy work has resulted in success for research funding and a statewide plan for Alzheimer’s disease in Idaho. Berlin additionally serves on the Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Council and sits on the Board of Directors of Sheridan Academy, an accredited non-profit junior/senior private school in Boise.
Two Boise State Department of Kinesiology athletic training students, Mikey Tsukamoto and Andrew Gong, had a rare glimpse into the undertakings of hosting two rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Though occasionally you may see athletic trainers run onto the field or court to provide emergency treatment to an injured athlete in the middle of a game, athletic trainers prefer to be part of the behind the scenes medical team who keep the athletes healthy and help games run smoothly and safely. Athletic trainers also work with athletes between games and in the off season to help athletes with maintenance and injury prevention.
Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who undertake a medical model of education – a combination of academic curriculum and clinical training. Boise State’s Department of Kinesiology has a highly regarded program and a unique, collaborative partnership with the athletic training unit in Boise State Athletics Department. All athletic training students, currently all undergraduates, rotate through Athletics for clinical hours, working with a variety of sports teams. Both kinesiology faculty and the athletic trainers in Athletics collaborate to find ways to meet Athletics’ needs and the Kinesiology student’s educational needs within the parameters of what student athletic trainers are allowed to do by their national credentialing body.
“Boise State’s athletic training academic program was one of the things that attracted me to Boise State,” said Marc Paul, assistant athletic director for sports medicine for Boise State Athletics. “It has an excellent reputation and I enjoy collaborating with the faculty in the program to move both the academic and the athletics programs forward. Our unique ability to constructively disagree doesn’t happen in a positive manner everywhere!”
Paul was thrilled when Tsukamoto and Gong volunteered to help with the NCAA tournament: “The production that goes into the tournament is astounding. Our goal is to make the process of receiving medical care while teams are visiting as easy and as straightforward as possible. For the tournament, we equipped four locker rooms for a total of eight visiting teams, balancing functionality and sponsorship placements, all of which is much more complicated than setting up for a regular game. We established medical services here in Boise – making sure a dentist, ER head physicians and nurses were all on call, lining up two pharmacies, reserving a massage therapist to be on site during the tournament, and more.”
On Sunday, March 11, Paul, Tsukamoto and Gong began meeting with tournament personnel and Taco Bell Arena staff to review routines, practice schedules, equipment and other protocols. The teams arrived in Boise on Monday and the tournament began with four first round games on Thursday, March 15. Tsukamoto and Gong touched base with Paul and others every morning and every evening throughout the tournament, which ended its games in Boise on Saturday, March 17. The work Tsukamoto and Gong did for the tournament was above and beyond their normal clinical hours with three other Boise State sports teams.
“Mikey and Andrew were outstanding,” exclaimed Paul. “They thought ahead about what the teams would need and took the initiative to implement everything. I’d raise a question and they’d tell me, ‘Yeah. We know. We got this.’ It freed me to be able to go do other things like check in with a new shift of EMTs and it made the whole tournament go really smoothly. The tournament director thanked me before leaving town and told me that he never once had to worry about medical. That’s a huge compliment!”
“It was a great opportunity for our students,” said John McChesney, chair of the Department of Kinesiology. “These students had the opportunity to interact with players and coaches, some of whom are quite notable. They were also able to network with athletic trainers, administrators and team physicians from around the country – a very rewarding experience to begin their athletic training career!”
“Where Mikey and Andrew are today is due to their growth and maturity from the athletic training academic program here at Boise State,” said Paul. “They took advantage of this opportunity, but their education helped prepare them to excel at it. They impressed a large number of people in the athletic training world.”
Tsukamoto will be attending University of Nebraska in the fall. Gong has one more year with Boise State. Boise State is phasing out its undergraduate athletic training program and beginning a master’s degree in athletic training in summer 2018. To learn more visit, https://hs.boisestate.edu/athletictraining/.
Department of Community and Environmental Health Updates Curriculum to Offer Flexibility and Increased Skills
The School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health has reworked their curriculum to offer flexibility and increased skills for their students. The curriculum takes effect in fall 2018, with the start of academic year 2018-2019. Advisors and students should be aware of these changes.
The department now offers three degrees: 1) a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, with three emphases – general, health informatics and information management, and science; 2) a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, with three emphases – general, environmental and occupational health and safety, and health education and promotion; and 3) an online Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with a focus on community change and health education and promotion, which functions like a degree completion program. The department continues to offer pre-professional career pathways to students interested in continuing on to medical school and other healthcare professional schools.
The first two years of general education in all three degrees will provide students a breadth of foundational knowledge. In the final two years, students will dive deeper into their selected discipline to develop specialized knowledge which will help them obtain employment in their chosen career. They will have options for developing cross cutting skills in collaboration, initiative and resilience and earn badges, or micro-certificates demonstrating specific skills to employers.
Additionally, the department is changing its course prefixes, beginning with courses offered in fall 2018. The department is providing a crosswalk for the campus community to track specific courses from their old names, prefixes and numbers to their new ones in order to assist students and advisors in identifying the fall 2018 courses in the course registration process.
The Department of Community and Environmental Health strengthens and improves the overall health of individuals, organizations, the environment, and communities using evidence-based teaching, scholarship, and service. The department prepares students to be engaged professionals who address community and healthcare-related challenges. The curriculum explores issues that affect individuals and populations of people and develops analysis, critical thinking, communication and other flexible skills to enable graduates to adapt with the quickly changing public health and healthcare landscapes.
Yong Gao, professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology, was presented with the Measurement and Evaluation Honor Award at the Society of Health and Physical Educators America (SHAPE America) 2018 Conference on March 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Measurement and Evaluation Honor Award recognizes SHAPE America professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Measurement and Evaluation Special Interest Group (SIG) and its mission.
Gao earned a PhD in Measurement & Evaluation at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gao’s research focuses on the application of modern measurement and statistical techniques to critical issues in physical activity and health. Through her numerous publications and presentations, she has established herself as a nationally and internationally well-known expert in her field with rich experience in measurement, research design and analyzing large sample, complex data. Gao’s research has significantly advanced her field’s understanding and clarified issues regarding measurement errors in physical activity questionnaire design.
Gao was elected chair (chair-elect, chair and past chair) of the Measurement and Evaluation Council of AAHPERD/SHAPE America (2012-2016). She is currently on her second term as an associate editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport. Additionally, she serves as a section editor for Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, and is one of six of its members on the editorial board. She has been a research grant review committee member of SHAPE America and has served on the proposal review panel for the SHAPE America national convention for the past six years. Gao has devoted herself to the mission of Measurement and Evaluation SIG and moving the field forward. Currently, Gao is the elected president of the International Chinese Society of Physical Activities and Health.
SHAPE America is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and its national standards for K-12 physical education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. SHAPE America provides programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs. SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools (now Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.
Boise State’s second annual Research Month is April 2018. Research Month celebrates the diverse and fascinating array of research happening each day on campus. Read feature stories on Boise State’s research endeavors, and access a full list of Research Month events, online at: research.boisestate.edu
Boise State researchers recently teamed up with the YMCA Healthy Living Center to assess the real-world efficacy of a nationwide program designed for early stages Parkinson’s patients called Delay the Disease.
“Delay the Disease is an evidence-based program that has been evaluated previously, but we were trying to evaluate it under real-world conditions to see if it continued to show significance in functional health,” explained graduate student Sarah Fuller. In other words, can the results from controlled studies be translated to a community-based setting and will patients still see benefits from the program?
Rehabilitative programs have been developed to aid the more than 10 million people living with Parkinson’s Disease worldwide. Researchers play a vital role in assessing their efficacy – a complex process, as the exact causes of this neurodegenerative disorder are elusive. Its physical progression can vary from person to person and its cure is unknown, leaving many patients feeling helpless and frustrated once diagnosed.
“Our goal was to demonstrate the value of Delay the Disease to health care providers and payers,” added Sarah Toevs, director of the Center for the Study of Aging and the project’s principal investigator.
The Treasure Valley YMCA Healthy Living Center first launched its Delay the Disease program in 2014. Since then, more than 100 people, including Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers, have enrolled in the program, and on a monthly basis the Healthy Living Center hosts around 60 individuals. The fee-based program begins with an intake to assess each individual’s limitations and has them complete a functional assessment known as the Mini-BESTest. From there, they are free to enroll in classes, which are offered five days per week and taught by nationally certified instructors. All classes are all focused on improving patients’ functional mobility. For participants who may have financial barriers, financial assistance is available.
“We teach skills that transfer very nicely to everyday living,” explained Mary Biddle-Newberry, director of the Y Healthy Living Center. “If they’re having limitations or challenges performing a specific function, that can be frustrating and/or scary. This program provides the opportunity to learn skill sets to prevent such things like a fall or to learn how to fall well.”
In January 2016, the team recruited 14 volunteers with Parkinson’s and 12 caregivers willing to have their participation in the program tracked in regular intervals for eight months.
“Our requested requirement of participants is a minimum of twice a week,” explained Biddle-Newberry. “Research shows that Parkinson’s is one of the neurological diseases you can positively affect by being physically active on a regular basis.”
In the end, the results were encouraging.
Fuller reported that the team saw a statistically significant improvement in the functional mobility of participants with Parkinson’s disease from the start of the program to four months, four months to eight months, and baseline to eight months – in other words, the volunteers were showing improvements while enrolled in the program.
“Not only did we see improvements, but the improvements in their functional mobility reached our clinically meaningful threshold of greater than four-point change on the Mini-BESTest,” Fuller said. “A clinically meaningful change is one in which there is a noticeable effect on daily life which may impact their care clinically. This is an interesting finding for both the provider and payer markets.”
In addition, “We see an amazing fellowship and camaraderie around this program that is hard to quantify,” Biddle-Newberry added. “Encouraged to advocate for their own health, participants and caregivers receive amazing support. The fellowship that comes out of that is amazing.”
“The evidence generated from this translational study is an important step in having the program included as a component of an insurance benefit package. Delay the Disease benefits the patient, the YMCA and health care providers,” Toevs said. “However, first Boise State needed to provide the research personnel and infrastructure to do this work.”
On the evening of March 5, a group of Boise State, Idaho State, and University of Washington students gathered in the SUB to learn about emergency preparedness for large sports events.
Joseph Murphy, director and assistant professor of athletic training at Lebanon Valley College, led a Boise State College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Clinical Seminar titled “Emergency Preparedness: Pearls and Perils.” Murphy has volunteered his time as an athletic trainer for the Boston Marathon for years, including in 2013 when the Tsarnaev brothers set off homemade bombs around the finish line.
In his presentation, Murphy helped the students understand how much planning and communication and how many disciplines are needed to successfully hold a large scale sporting event, like the Boston Marathon. Medical personnel, including athletic trainers, physicians, nurses, medical records specialists, psychologists and more, all must be prepared to treat common injuries and conditions, such as sprains, blisters, hyperthermia, dehydration, hyponatremia and sudden cardiac arrest, but must also be ready for the unthinkable, such as a mass casualty event in the vicinity.
In addition to the logistics of providing medical services planning for a large sporting event, Murphy shared his experience of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the lessons that he and the medical team have learned from that disaster.
Most importantly, Murphy urged the students to take care of themselves physically and mentally throughout their careers.
“How can you provide care to someone else if you are hurt?” said Murphy. “Take care of yourself. Look for crisis training like CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) training that EMTs, police and firefighters go through. Mental health requires first aid too.”
Murphy also expressed his sincere admiration of the College of Health Sciences interprofessional education initiative: “This is how healthcare education should be done – get a team of professionals in the room to address a problem.”
Eight faculty members within the College of Health Sciences will be participating in a Fellowship Program for External Funding Proposal Development provided by Boise State’s Division of Research and Economic Development.
The Division of Research and Economic Development have created the Fellowship Program to support faculty research endeavors across the Boise State campus. Faculty from the College of Health Sciences will be the program’s second cohort as the first was provided to the School of Public Service. This program will serve to mentor faculty in the development and submission processes of fundable research proposals.
Mentoring will begin this spring and take place over the course of two semesters. The program will hold 11 meetings for faculty to meet with Mendi Edgar, grant development specialist, and Jana LaRosa, coordinator for research and development, both from the Division of Research and Economic Development. Within these meetings, faculty will participate in workshops devoted to the thorough process of developing fundable research proposals. These workshops will include an introduction to defining a research problem, finding appropriate funders, creating relationships with those funders, preparing the proposal, effective grant writing practices, and submitting the proposal. By the end of the program, each faculty member will have created a fundable grant proposal for a minimum award amount of $50,000.
“The College of Health Sciences, Office of Research is delighted to be collaborating with the Division of Research and Economic Development on this Fellowship Program,” said Ella Christiansen, research administrator for the Office of Research. “The Fellowship provides a great opportunity for training and professional development to our faculty. We look forward to assisting the participants with their proposal submissions that result from this program and hope to have them all receive external funding!”
Participants were chosen through an application process that was open to all College of Health Sciences faculty members. Faculty will receive a single course reduction for the Fall 2018 semester and are eligible for up to $1,500 in research funds to be used in support of their proposal project. Uses of these funds include gathering data and traveling to conferences or training opportunities.
Faculty participants include:
- Karin Adams, assistant professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health
- Jenny Alderden, assistant professor, School of Nursing
- Tyler Brown, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology
- Stephanie Hall, clinical assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology
- Eric Martin, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology
- Nicole O’Reilly, assistant professor, School of Social Work
- Ellen Schafer, assistant professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health
- Lucy Zhao, assistant professor, School of Nursing
“This is a great group of researchers, as each of the schools within the college are represented,” said Christiansen. “We hope that having this diversity of disciplines and research interests will spark conversations and future collaborations.”
“We are so proud of our faculty participating in this fantastic fellowship program,” said Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “We are grateful to Vice President Mark Rudin and his team in Research and Economic Development for offering this fellowship and for all of their generous support as we grow our research within the college.”
The College of Health Sciences, Human Performance Lab (HPL) was a room filled with excitement and laughter on Feb. 27, while it occupied 17 kindergarten students from the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences. Shawn Simonson, professor and director of the HPL for the Department of Kinesiology, and four Kinesiology students were able to provide an introduction to fitness testing of the human body.
The HPL is a facility that measures the physiological and fitness parameters of the human body through a number of various tests. The lab is designed to teach, conduct research, and provide service to faculty, staff, students, and individuals in the community. Some of the measurements that take place in the lab include body composition, metabolic testing, flexibility testing, exercise stress tests and more.
Catie Wardwell, kindergarten teacher at the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, brought her students to Boise State’s HPL to further her classes’ understanding on how bodies function as a part of their project based learning unit on the human body.
Upon arrival to the HPL, the kindergarten students were split into five groups and got to experience testing at five different stations. The stations included climbing into the Bod Pod, taking a sit and reach test, performing a distance jump test, executing situps and pushups, and talking about mental health. After each student in the group was able to experience some extent of these tests, they were then taught the importance and impacts of the specific test and how it affects the human body. Allowing these kindergarteners to experience the different parts of the HPL enabled them to receive demonstrations of what ways human performance can be tested and understand the importance of taking care of their bodies.
Learn more about the Human Performance Lab, including tests and measurements that are available for a nominal fee to the public.