In the wake of the recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Caster Semenya’s long-running dispute with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), PCSer Anna Posbergh (in conjunction with Sheree Bekker) wrote an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal, which can be accessed HERE.
Second year M.A. PCSer, Brandon Wallace was recently named a 2019 Dean’s Scholar Award recipient. This award is given to students who have first and foremost excelled academically in the classroom, demonstrating curiosity, maturity, creativity, motivation and intellect.
Award recipients are engaged citizens of the School and have made a notable impression on their department, faculty and peers through their academic and co-curricular achievements.
On Thursday March 7th, Katie Esmonde successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled “The Datafication of Everyday Life: Critically Contextualizing the ‘Quantified Self’ in Physical Culture”, in front of an enthralled group of PCS faculty, students, and supporters.
The dissertation committee consisted of Dr. Shannon Jette (chair and advisor), Dr. Adam Beissel (Miami University, OH), Dr. Cheryl Cooky (Purdue University), Dr. Jason Farman, and Dr. David L. Andrews.
Heartiest congratulations, the soon-to-be Dr. Esmonde!
UMD PCSer Tori Thompson was recently the recipient of the American Kinesiology Association’s Masters Scholar Award.
This annual award recognizes at the national level, the academic and leadership accomplishments of masters students in AKA member departments.
The award is intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished masters students and to promote kinesiology and its related fields.
UMD PCS researchers were well represented at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, held in Vancouver, BC, October 31st to November 3rd.
Katie Esmonde became the second UMD PCSer (after Mike Friedman in 2008) to win the Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award (Doctoral level) for her paper “There’s only so much data you can handle in your life’: Accommodating and resisting self-surveillance in women’s running and fitness tracking practices.”
Tori Thompson won Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship (Masters level).
UMD PCS graduate Josh Newman (PhD, 2005) completed his term as NASSS President and delivered his keynote Presidential Address titled “Sport Sociology, In Question.”
UMD PCS graduate Ryan King-White (PhD, 2008) was named a NASSS Research Fellow
UMD PCS graduate Julie Brice (BA, 2015; MA, 20017) earned an honorable mention for the Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award (Doctoral level).
In addition, research presentations were made by the following current UMD PCSers: Eric Stone; Katie Esmonde; Tori Thompson; Mike Friedman; Yang (Sunny) Zhang; Shaun Edmonds; Anna Posbergh; Brandon Wallace; and, Shannon Jette.
What a great turnout, congratulations one and all!
Friday April 27th in the Friedgen Family Student Lounge (SPH 2236)
See HERE for full conference schedule.
The Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) Graduate Student Association – located within the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park – will host their 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Friday, April 27th, 2018 at the School of Public Health Building. This one-day conference will consist of a series of student presentations as well as a panel to discuss the murder of Lt. Richard Collins III on the University of Maryland Campus and the controversy surrounding the University’s response. This year the conference is fortunate to have an alumni keynote presentation by Dr. Jacob Bustad, PCS alumnus and assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health Professions at Towson University.
This year, the conference will be organized around the theme, “Confronting the Crisis: Harnessing Praxis and Combatting Complacency.” In this eleventh year of the conference, it is clear that scholars in many disciplines are recognizing the need to expand their research beyond the confines of Higher Education. The Physical Cultural Studies project at the University of Maryland acknowledges the need to develop and strategically disseminate potentially empowering forms of knowledge, and seeks to illuminate, and hopefully intervene into, sites of injustice and inequity. As members of a School of Public Health, translation in this context is an important tool that enables scholars to present their work to a public audience, yet the divide between the academy and the public seemingly grows every day.
PCSer Katie Esmonde has been awarded a prestigious Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for a semester during the 2018-2019 academic year. The Wylie Fellowship is designed to support students in the latter stages of writing their dissertations, and carries a $15,000 stipend, a candidacy tuition award, and credit for mandatory fees for one semester.
Katie’s successful application was based on here dissertation research, and was titled ““Critically Contextualizing the Quantified Self.”
Heartiest congratulations to Katie!