Phil Watts (Health, Physical Education and Recreation) presented two keynote lectures and two workshops last month at the 2011 Banff Climbing Conference in Alberta, Canada. The conference targeted coaches of competition sport rock climbers. Watts co-presented some sessions with Vanesa España Romero, who spent the winter of 2010 in Marquette doing collaborative research with him. Their joint keynote presentation at the Banff Conference was "What Research Tells the Coach and Athlete About Climbing." Watts also gave a keynote titled "Developing a Climbing-Specific Training Program." The workshops were on performance model assessments and the use of video as a self-assessment of climbing technique. Watts and Romero previously gave two research presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver last summer (Denver, June, 2011): "Effect of Route Repetition on Energy Expenditure in Rock Climbing" and "Effects of Rock Climbing Route Ascent and Route Familiarity on Handgrip and Finger-Curl Force."
Kia Jane Richmond and Joshua Anderson (English) were featured presenters at the Michigan and Wisconsin Councils of Teachers of English (MCTE/WCTE) Northwoods Conference in Green Bay. The title of their talk was "Discovering Multiculturalism and Otherness in a Seemingly Monocultural Setting: Seeking Connections and Articulating Commonalities between Rural and Urban School Districts." As past president of the MCTE, Richmond helped to organize this cross-state professional development event, which was entitled "The Common Core:
Increasing Rigor and Culturally Responsive Literature in the English Classroom." Jamie Kuehnl (English) also gave a presentation at the conference titled "The Medicine Wheel in Motion: A Holistic Approach to Culturally Responsive Teaching of Native American Oratures." Pictured are (from left), Kuehnl, Richmond and Anderson.
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