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Recipient of 2003 Monica R. Wild and Doris E. White Scholar Award to speak at UNI

January 23, 2003
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Sue Joslyn, professor of health promotion & education and visitation committee chair, (319) 273-6155
Kathleen Kerr, professor of physical education and visitation promotions chair, (319) 273-6195
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ming-Kai Chin, recipient of the 2003 Monica R. Wild and Doris E. White Scholar Award presented by the University of Northern Iowa's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, will deliver a public lecture during his week-long visit to the UNI campus.

He will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the UNI Commons Ballroom on 'Promotion of Physical Activity and Wellness in Schools and Community: An Asian Pacific Perspective in the 21st Century.' The address is free and open to the public, and will follow a private dinner and reception.

Chin, principal lecturer in the Department of Physical Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, is an expert in cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory and neurological adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. He also specializes in the inter-relationship of physical activity, health and physical fitness of school children.

As the winner of the inaugural Wild and White Scholar Award, he also will deliver a mini-seminar for faculty and students and speak in classes. The seminar, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, is in Room 252 of UNI's Wellness & Recreation Center. It also is open to interested members of the public. Chin's topic will be 'The Integration of Sports Science Technology and IT in Health-related Fitness and Exercise Physiology in Physical Education.' He will speak about an innovative model at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

The Wild and White Scholar Award is presented to an individual whose contributions have significantly advanced the cause of the areas of health, physical education, recreation, youth and human services, and whose dedication reflects the same level of commitment by the two former UNI faculty members for whom the award was named. In addition to the lecture and travel to campus, Chin also will receive a certificate honoring his achievements.

The Wild and White award honors Monica Wild and Doris White, early members of the faculty in the Department of Physical Education for Women at UNI. As individuals, Wild was recognized as a pre-eminent scholar, and White as a practical administrator. They were co-authors of the well-known book ''Physical Education for Elementary Schools.''