Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ast. Prof. Stephen Yang quoted in OPRAH Magazine

Assistant Professor Stephen Yang was contacted by Sari Harrar, a health/medicine journalist for OPRAH Magazine, to see if the GoWear Fit (a physical activity monitor that is worn on the arm) might help people lose weight.  His research involves measuring physical activity and has been using the Body Media Sensewear Armband for a number of years - it is the parent company of their commercial unit GoWear Fit (mentioned earlier in the article).  Here is the link to the article that was posted online earlier this month (my comments are in the final paragraph).  To find more information on Yang's research on physical activity and video games, click on the Exergame Lab website or Exergame Lab Blog.

Exercise researcher Stephen Yang, PhD, an assistant professor of physical education at State University of New York College at Cortland, says this innovative armband takes the guesswork out of one side of the weight loss equation. "Until recently, mainly research labs used devices that measured calorie burn this way," he says. "Seeing the numbers can be a real motivator and will help keep you from missing workouts." Use the GoWear Fit to figure out how much additional activity you need to burn an extra 500 calories a day. If you keep up that effort, you should drop about a pound a week.

Assistant Professor Stephen Yang quoted in USA Today

Can games like 'Wii Fit' really work it?

Stephen Yang, Assistant Professor in Physical Education was contacted by Kim Painter, Senior Health Columnist for USA Today, for comments on how effective exergames are for cardiovascular benefits and overall health. Here is the excerpt of the article referring to my comments and the full article can be found by clicking on this link.

But games that are more demanding, more interactive or both are on the way or already available, says Stephen Yang, assistant professor of physical education at the State University of New York-Cortland. For addictive, calorie-burning fun, Yang recommends Eye Toy Kinetic (for PlayStation2), a workout game that points a camera at the user to track movements and provide instant feedback.

He also likes tween favorite Dance Dance Revolution (for various game systems), which is not marketed as an exercise game but fits the bill. And he directs parents to Gamercize, a British import that connects to any video game system — and keeps it running only as long as the user keeps moving on a mini-bike or step machine.

The future will bring games that track heart rates and keep exercisers working at a challenging but safe pace, he says. Virtual group workouts, with participants connected online to a live coach, will happen, too, he says.

But the games that work best, Yang says, will be the ones that are the most fun.

To find more information on Yang's research on physical activity and video games, click on theExergame Lab website or Exergame Lab Blog.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Congratulations Dr. Tim Davis - Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Davis - for being selected to receive the 2009 Dr. Rozanne Brooks Dedicated Teacher Award. Tim will receive this prestigious award at the Honors Convocation on April 18, 2009. It’s wonderful recognition for the great work that Tim has been doing and very much deserved.

The Brooks Award honors a faculty member who devotes a significant amount of time both to teaching and to working with students outside of class. A $5,000 honorarium is included with the award for use in enhancing Tim’s teaching initiatives. Tim is a dedicated and outstanding teacher. His classes are exciting, challenging and filled with energy. He expects professionalism both in behavior and academic performance from each individual student in his classroom as well as from the community of students in his classroom. Tim’s students respond to his expectations by being active and vigorous contributors to class discussion, always listening, always questioning, always engaged. The selection committee noted that Tim’s work outside the classroom is exceptional. He developed a partnership with the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex and the Cortland Homer Afterschool Mentorship Program (CHAMPS), which is an extension of his Motor Development undergraduate course. The program places his students as afterschool mentors to at-risk youth ages five to fourteen. He develops community programs that benefit the participants and, at the same time, gives our students the confidence and skills they need to succeed as teachers and leaders. Tim serves on the College’s Student Affairs Committee as the School of Professional Studies representative for the Faculty Senate. Tim directs the Adapted Sports and Adventure Camp at SUNY Cortland. He is faculty advisor for the College’s baseball team and for Project LEAPE (Leadership and Exercise in Adapted Physical Education). Since 2002, he has chaired the Adapted Physical Education National Standards Project (APENS), which provides national standards and certification examination for adapted physical educators. A grant review committee member for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Recreation Services in the Division of Personnel Preparation since 2001, Tim has been awarded many College, state, federal and private grants. Tim has presented at numerous international and national conferences and has written for several publications and children’s books. (

Please stop by his office or send him an e-mail ( to congratulate him.