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Shelly Lucas and Nicole Bolter Present Research at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference

LucasShelleyNicole Bolter, Kinesiology, studio portrait Shelly Lucas and Nicole Bolter presented their research at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport annual conference on Nov. 5-8 in Portland, Oregon. Their presentation, titled “Gender Matters: The Coach-Gender Effect in Teaching Sportspersonship to Young Athletes,” discussed the differences between male and female ideals of sportsmanship.

Shelly Lucas                     Nicole Bolter
Associate Professor     Assistant Professor

Research has shown gender differences in athletes’ sportspersonship behaviors, suggesting that male and female athletes interpret and act upon moral dilemmas in sport differently. One possible explanation for these gender differences may be the way in which males and females are socialized and

In their study, Lucas and Bolter interviewed six female and six male youth sport coaches who had coached both girls’ and boys’ teams at recreational and competitive levels to examine coaches’ expectations regarding sportspersonship, with a specific focus on those associated with gender.specifically the coaches’ role in teaching about sportspersonship.

Their analysis indicated that gender does matter, both the gender of the coach and the gender of the athlete, as represented in the four emergent categories: coach-gender effect, beliefs about gender, teaching sportspersonship, and athletes’ sportspersonship. Even when coaches acknowledged the role of socialization in their described gender differences between female and male athletes, they still felt compelled and constrained by the competitive framework of youth sport to tailor their coaching strategies to accommodate gender differences, thereby reinforcing and perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Apply Now to Serve on Advisory Panel

Pcori continues to seek applications to fill open seats on five of their multi-stakeholder advisory panels. You can submit third-party nominations by 5 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 30, and your own application by 5 p.m. ET Friday, Feb. 6. To learn more about the experience and expertise sought for each panel and how to apply, visit the advisory panel application page on this website.


New Report Tracks the Behavioral Health of America; View Idaho’s Results

The “National Behavioral Health Barometer” (Barometer) provides data about key aspects of behavioral health care issues affecting American communities. Those issues include rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.

The Barometer shows these data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Barometer indicates that the behavioral health of our Nation is improving in some areas, particularly among adolescents. For example, past-month use of both illicit drugs and cigarettes has fallen for youth ages 12–17 from 2009 to 2013 (from 10.1 percent to 8.8 percent for illicit drugs, and 9.0 percent to 5.6 percent for cigarettes). Past-month binge drinking among children ages 12–17 has also fallen from 2009 to 2013 (from 8.9 percent to 6.2 percent).

“The Barometer provides new insight into what is happening on the ground in states across the country,” said SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “It provides vital information on the progress being made in each state as well as the challenges ahead. States and local communities use these data to determine the most effective ways of addressing their behavioral health care needs.”

To view how Idaho compared to the rest of the United States in behavioral health click here.

New Grant Opportunity: Drug-Free Communities Support Program

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $125,000 per year

Application Due Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The DFC Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20).  The DFC Support Program has two goals:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth*.
  2. Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

*For the purposes of this RFA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger.

For more information visit this website.

Getting to Know PCORI: From Application to Closeout February 19-20

February 19-20, 2015
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
15700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Houston, TX 77032
TEL: 281-442-5100

PCORI is hosting a free two-day interactive workshop to provide applicants with the tools and strategies to develop that winning application. This interactive workshop—led by our expert staff—will offer an overview of PCORI and our:

  • National Priorities for Research
  • Funding announcements
  • Application process
  • Methodology Standards
  • Patient and stakeholder engagement requirements
  • Merit Review process
  • Post-award administrative requirements

The workshop will provide opportunities to meet PCORI staff, ask questions, obtain resources, and network with other participants. On hand to offer additional insight will be our contract administrators, research program officers, engagement officers, and notable awardees who can provide both programmatic and administrative intelligence to help you apply for and manage a PCORI contract.


Faculty Receive Funding to Evaluate Idaho-Based Program for Older Adults

Lee Hannah, researcher for the Center for the Study of Aging, has received an additional $54,905 in funding from the Physical Activity and Nutrition Program at the Idaho Department of Health Hannah_Leeand Welfare to evaluate the Idaho-developed Fit and Fall Proof Program. Hannah has received an annual $8,000 contract to evaluate the program since 2012. The goal of the evaluation is to produce evidence-based results about the outcomes of the thirty week program.

The program is an exercise-based fall prevention program for older adults in Idaho that focuses on functional exercises that reduce an older adults’ risk of falling. Fit and Fall Proof has been offered in Idaho communities for 10 years and has expanded to include 105 sites statewide. Funded by the federal government, the money flows through to state and local health districts to train new instructors and keep current class instructors up-to-date on the most current exercise science and fitness information.

Hannah, along with Sarah Toevs, director of the Center for the Study of Aging, and Michelle Arnett, a graduate student in the Master of Health Science program, will be collecting information about the physical, social, and emotional impacts of the program on new participants.

Social Work Faculty Publishes Literature Review

Bonnie Kenaley, associate professor in the School of Social Work, along with Zvi Gellis, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, recently published a comprehensive literature review and bibliography titled Depressive Disorders in Older Adults. The review was published in Gero-Ed Center’s “Mental Health Resource Review”BonnieKenaley

The literature review gives an overview of aging population and discusses prevalence and characteristics of depression in older adults, risk and protective factors for late-life depression, comorbidity of depression in older adults, depression screening, evidence based treatment, and cost of depression. The review is one of nearly 350 resources for faculty to use in their course on aging.

The Gero-Ed Center is part of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and provides new and updated teaching resources for faculty for social work students.

Kinesiology Faculty Publishes Research Paper in Respected Journal

Tyler Johnson, associate professor and director of the Master of Athletic Leadership Graduate Program in the Department of Kinesiology, along with Lindsey Turner, research associate professor in the College of Education, published a research paper in the high-ranked journal, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.JohnsonTyler

The paper, published in the December issue of the journal, is titled “Physical Activity Practices in Elementary Schools and Associations with Physical Education Staffing and Training” and the abstract is available here.

Johnson and Turner used data from nearly 2,000 U.S. public elementary schools that Turner collected as part of the Bridging the Gap research project at the University of Illinois. Schools were surveyed during the 2009-10 to 2011-12 school years and survey respondents provided information on school physical activity policies and practices.

The researchers found that very few schools followed recommendations to provide comprehensive physical activity programming, that is physical education class, recess and other opportunities for movement during the day such as activity breaks and after-school sports.

However, following best-practices for physical education and physical activity was more common where a trained physical education professional was employed full-time at the school, and was required to receive continuing education on physical education.

The results provide support for a recent movement among physical education and public health organizations, emphasizing the value of school physical education professionals in assuming a leadership role to promote comprehensive physical activity programming. These organizations also emphasize the need for school physical activity leaders to be provided the financial resources necessary to implement this key element of school health.

Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SHAPE America (formerly the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, have emphasized the importance of comprehensive physical activity programming for promoting students’ physical and emotional health and development, as well as academic outcomes.

The paper was co-authored with Turner’s former colleagues and continuing collaborators Frank Chaloupka and Sandy Slater, who are both at the Health Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

‘Discover by Doing’ Emerging Technology Workshops at Library

Albertsons Library’s staff and faculty are offering a series of introductory workshops to help participants create, discover, learn, and innovate. Topics such as 3D printing, green screens, video editing, website construction, and data management will be covered.

Register online. For questions, contact Amy Vecchione,, Library 212.


View the full article and specific dates or times of the workshops.

ITHS Career Development Series-Making the Most of Your Mentor: A Guide for Mentees

How do you make the most of your mentor?

Dr. Ellen Schur, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, leverages her background and expertise in mentoring to help you understand how to get the most out of your Headshot of Dr. Ellen Schurrelationship with a mentor.

Dr. Schur discusses the concept of mentoring, stages of mentoring, and handling special situations (e.g., long-distance mentors, multiple mentors). She also presents two case examples to help viewers see the concepts presented in application.

You’ll learn how good mentorship can:

  • Increase your productivity;
  • Improve career advancement;
  • Increase achievement of grant funding.

View the Lecture Now