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SHAPE America Announces 2015 Research Fellows

RESTON, VA, March 2, 2015 —Louis Harrison Jr., chair of the Research Council for SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, today announced its class of 2015 Research Fellows. This year's Fellows will be honored at the 130th SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle, March 17 - 21. They are:

  • Russell Carson, University of Northern Colorado
  • Sara Flory, University of South Florida
  • Lawrence Judge, Ball State University, IN
  • Bomna Ko, East Carolina University, NC
  • Carla Vidoni, University of Louisville, KY
  • Sami Yli-Piipari, University of Memphis, TN

"SHAPE America Research Fellow status is reserved for members who have made significant and sustained contributions to research, creative or scholarly activity, as well as related service," says Harrison. "The purpose of Fellow status is to promote scholarship as an integral component of SHAPE America, recognize research accomplishments by our members, and promote participation in the research activities of the organization."

Since SHAPE America first began honoring select members as Research Fellows in 1950, a total of 337 individuals have received the distinction. Chairing the selection process this year was Alex Garn, Louisiana State University, with committee members: Haichun Sun, University of South Florida;Li Li, Georgia Southern University; Angela Lumpkin, Texas Tech University; Christy Greenleaf, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Tony Amorose, Illinois State University.

The first selectee was John Miller Cooper, an award-winning researcher, author and educator in the field of kinesiology. In addition, many basketball scholars consider Cooper to be the originator of the sport's "jump shot." NCAA archives show that the three-second rule was introduced in 1933 because Cooper – then a star athlete at the University of Missouri – would "plant himself in the free throw lane and wait to shoot a jump shot over the defense."

The 2015 Research Fellows will be honored on March 19 at the annual C.H. McCloy Research Lecture and Breakfast, to be held at the Sheraton Seattle. This event provides a forum for a distinguished leader in the SHAPE America disciplines to present cutting-edge research findings of interest to researchers and practitioners alike. At the breakfast Melinda Solmon of Louisiana State University will receive the Research Council Distinguished Service Award.

This year's lecturer will be Bradley J. Cardinal, professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. His presentation is titled "Road Trip Toward More Inclusive Physical Activity: Maps, Mechanics, Detours and Traveling Companions."

The SHAPE America National Convention will also feature the following research sessions: a presentation by Dr. John Medina, neuroscientist and author of The New York Times best-selling book Brain Rules; an in-depth session on ways to nurture and grow Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) research; and a symposium on the current trends and perceived decline in Physical Education Teacher Education program enrollment.

Current members of the SHAPE America Research Council include: Louis Harrison Jr., University of Texas at Austin; Fran Cleland, West Chester University, PA; Alex Garn, Louisiana State University; Kim Graber, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Gabriella Maria McLoughlin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Phillip Ward, The Ohio State University;and Emily Wughalter, San Jose State University, CA.

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit