HHP News | 2017

HHP's Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism program is ranked in the TOP 10 in new World rankings

The Center for World University Rankings publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

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The UF Research Foundation has named 34 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2017-2020

HHP’s Dr. David Vaillancourt ranked among the 34 UF faculty members honored as UFRF professors. The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

HHP professor named UF Teacher/Scholar of the year by President Kent Fuchs

On Monday, Dr. Scott Powers found out Fuchs had selected him as UF’s Teacher/Scholar of the Year, which Powers considers the university’s most prestigious honor for a faculty member. According to the UF website, the selected nominee will also be UF’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year award.

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Identifying damage to the brain’s super highway

University of Florida researchers have developed a template showing the brain’s superhighways and how they are impacted by a stroke. The brain images required to create the template were processed on HiPerGator, UF's supercomputer.

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Senate Bill to make recess mandatory for Florida elementary schools

Being active at a young age is key to developing a healthy lifestyle, said Trevor Bopp, an assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida. "Recess allows kids to experiment with different sports and different kinds of play, which hopefully would promote physical activity and somewhat of a physically healthy lifestyle that they could then carry on," Bopp said…

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Ph.D. candidate Mona Sayedul Huq was selected to be inducted into the Edward Bouchet National Honor Society

The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.


HHP's department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida is honored to announce that Jeremy Foley, University of Florida’s athletics director emeritus, will serve as a Professor of Practice in Sport Leadership beginning Fall 2017.

Read More >> Jeremy Foley: Professor of Practice

Imaging biomarker for Parkinson’s could aid in testing drugs to slow disease’s progression

Use of this noninvasive biomarker tool could lead to new ways of testing treatment of the progressively debilitating movement disorder, said senior author David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., a professor of applied physiology and kinesiology in UF’s College of Health and Human Performance.

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Dr. Robert Leeman Awarded a New 2-year UH2 Research Grant

Dr. Robert Leeman was awarded a new 2-year UH2 research grant titled Mobile Combined Alcohol and HIV Prevention Including PrEP Uptake/Adherence for High-Risk Young Men. The co-investigators include Dr. Robert Cook (SHARC Director/Epidemiology), Dr. Jennifer Janelle (Infectious Disease), Dr. JeeWon Cheong, and Dr. Jalie Tucker. In this project, they will develop and test a multi-component mobile intervention to reduce alcohol use and risky sexual behavior among young adult men who have sex with men. Another longer-term goal of the project will be to enhance initial use of and adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in this population. This is a highly efficacious medication for prevention of HIV but it is under-utilized and when people do take it, they tend not to adhere to it optimally. This initial 2-year UH2 award will fund laying the groundwork for this project and enable them to build toward a subsequent 3-year UH3 award to fund a randomized, controlled trial to test this multi-component mobile intervention as an adjunct to PrEP. 

Dr. Jalie Tucker receives Lifetime Achievement Award

At the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) annual meeting in November, Dr. Jalie Tucker received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group. The award highlights Dr. Tucker’s work on addiction research priorities that span the gap between science and practice and use a public health/systems perspective not confined to the treatment arena. She was also named a Fellow of the ABCT.  

Learn more about Dr. Tucker.

Understanding Essential Tremor

Movement is the core to who we are as humans. It allows us to enjoy life. When you have a problem with how you move it effects your everyday existence.

The research being done at HHP includes movement disorders ranging from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to Dystonia, however, one of the most prevalent disorders the aging adult faces is Essential Tremor. 

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We all want what’s best for our kids. But, research shows we might be dropping the ball when it comes to the physical literacy of our children.

Now, to be fair, you might not even know what physical literacy is. The idea behind it has been slow to catch on in the United States, but in a dozen other countries, especially Canada, it’s a program that almost every child is participating in. Dr. Mike Sagas, chair of the Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management (TRSM) Department at HHP is committed to making physical literacy a household term in the U.S.

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