Kinesiologist wins Halverson Young Investigator Award

Dr. David Stodden, kinesiology, has received the 2006 Lolas E. Halverson Young Investigator Award from the Motor Development and Learning Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

The national award is intended to nurture young scholars and recognize their outstanding contributions to research in motor development. In announcing the award, association President Thomas J. Templin noted, "Dr. Stodden's research reflects high scholarship exhibiting accuracy, critical ability and thoroughness."

Earlier this year, Stodden and Dr. Stephen Langendorfer, also in kinesiology, received a 2006-08 NASPE research grant to study the "Association Between Motor Skillfulness and Physical Fitness." The purpose of the project is to provide evidence of the effectiveness—or ineffectiveness—of physical education programs in meeting national standards and/or academic or health-related goals of pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade physical education programs.

Stodden holds a bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University, a master's degree from Iowa State University and a doctorate from Auburn University. His research interests include motor learning and acquisition of skilled performance, end-state comfort effects in bimanual tasks, integration of motor development and biomechanics in throwing, and biomechanics of baseball pitching.

NASPE is the preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity. The nonprofit professional membership association sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. The organization's Motor Development and Learning Academy promotes the study of motor development for all people, regardless of age, sex or level of ability.
June 5, 2006