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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

BGSU places third at National Collegiate Sevens Rugby Tournament

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Wing Rocco Mauer takes off down the sideline against Indiana.

BGSU's rugby team has proved they are one of the best in the country. On June 6, the team won the consolation round of the National Collegiate Sevens Rugby Tournament in Columbus, beating Arizona State 32-12 in front of a national television audience. The win put them in third place for the tournament.

The Falcons began competition with a win on June 4, beating Penn State 22-12. Injuries to key players on June 5 proved to be too much for the team in losses to Ohio State and eventual tournament champion Utah.

The Penn State victory was enough to put BGSU in the consolation round. The team started June 6 by edging Army 15-12 and crushing Indiana 27-0 in the semi-final. In the consolation final, the Falcons held a slim lead against Arizona State and then broke the game open, scoring 25 unanswered points.

Senior wing Rocco Mauer of Parma was the tournament's leading scorer and was voted most valuable player.

National Center for Family and Marriage Research adds staff

The National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) has added Krista Payne, a social science data analyst, to its staff.

Payne supports the use of social science data, preparing written documents on families and well-being patterns and trends. In addition to providing data and statistical support, she also trains and supervises NCFMR undergraduate research assistants.

Drs. Wendy Manning and Susan Brown, sociology, are co-directors of the national center, the first of its kind in the country. NCFMR provides scientific leadership, intellectual energy, and administrative assistance to support interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on American families.

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Langendorfer crosses ‘the pond' to speak at swimming conference

Dr. Stephen Langendorfer, a kinesiology faculty member in the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, will be jetting off to Norway June 14 to participate in the International Symposium for Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming as an invited speaker.

Stephen LangendorferStephen Langendorfer

The symposium is the largest and most prestigious scientific congress in the world for aquatic sports and activities. The congress, which is held every four years, gathers the world's leading researchers, educators and coaches in swimming and aquatic sciences. This year will mark its 40th anniversary; it will be held at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo.

Langendorfer will give a keynote lecture titled "Applying a Developmental Perspective to Aquatics and Swimming" that draws upon his expertise in both motor development and aquatics. He will also present a second peer-reviewed paper. An expert in motor development, measurement and aquatics, he studies the coordination and control of aquatic movement changes using dynamical systems.

An avid Masters swimmer, Langendorfer is engaged in several efforts nationally with the American Red Cross and other scientific review bodies to update and improve water safety for swimmers through research and sharing of knowledge.

Aquatics experts seem to practice what they preach. According to the program, in addition to the typical paper and poster presentations, panel discussions and invited lectures, the Oslo conference also includes a swimming relay for the researchers. Langendorfer has been training hard to participate.

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June 09, 2010