Mount Union College Announces STAR Grant Recipients
March 17, 2004
Mount Union College faculty members Dr. Mark Blegen, Dr. Tamara Daily and Dr. Jim Kadlecek have been recognized as Sponsored Travel and Research (STAR) grant recipients.
Given each spring by the Mount Union College office of academic affairs, the STAR grants are presented to faculty members who submit proposals for projects or research seen by a review panel as innovative, creative and helpful to the development of the individual faculty members.
Blegen, assistant professor of human performance and sport management, was selected for his research in "Comparisons of Heart Rate and Lactate Levels During Trekking Among Native Highlanders and Lowlanders in a High Altitude Environment." Blegen plans to collect data on heart rate, blood lactate, blood glucose and cholesterol values from four native highlanders and four native lowlanders during an eighteen-day trek through the Khumbu region of Nepal. Alternative therapies will be employed to see if they impact the expected elevations of blood variables in native lowlanders. Data collected will be analyzed with the help of Mount Union College Exercise Science students. Blegen plans to write a manuscript, which he hopes to have published with the findings in spring or summer of 2005.
Daily, associate professor of psychology was selected for her research in "Using Group Response Systems to Improve Student Preparation, Engagement and Performance in Undergraduate Psychology Classes." Daily intends, with the aid of the College Information Technology department, to purchase and implement an electronic group response system and use it in her 200 level classes in the fall of 2004. She will then collect data assessing student preparation and engagement at three points during the semester.
Kadlecek, assistant professor of sport management and business marketing, was selected for his research in "Investigating First Year Season Ticket Holder Retention Strategies in the National Basketball Association." Kadlecek intends to research various methods used by NBA teams to retain first-year season ticket holders. The findings should assist his future methods of teaching sport management classes and make those students more marketable for positions with professional sports teams.