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NMSU professor recognized at international conference

Kimberly Oliver, New Mexico State University professor and researcher of human performance, was recognized at the "2007 History and Future Directions on Teaching and Teacher Education in Physical Education Conference" as one of the top three scholars in her generation and area of curriculum.

She was invited to present her work to researchers gathered from around the world in the field of physical education in Pittsburg, Pa., for the conference, which was the first of its kind.

"The intention was to chronicle our research on teaching and teaching education in physical education," Oliver said.

The conference gave international recognition to the top scholars in areas spanning three generations. Oliver said she felt honored to present the research she has conducted over the past 12 years, titled "What Feminist Activist Research with Adolescent Girls can do for Physical Education Teaching and Research."

"She is one of the most passionate and sincere scholars I have encountered," said Manal Hamzeh, NMSU research consultant working with Oliver in current studies. "She's a risk taker who shakes the taken-for-granted in her way of teaching, researching, writing and collaborating with others."

Oliver is a professor and researcher in the NMSU Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech, a master's in physical education from California State University, Fresno, and her bachelor's in recreation administration from California State University, Chico.

She co-authored the book "Bodily Knowledge: Learning about Equity and Justice with Adolescent Girls" and has had several research articles published in scientific journals.

She has just recently completed a study with fifth grade girls who were identified by their P.E. teachers as not liking P.E. or not liking physical activity. The goal of the project was to assist girls in identifying barriers that prevented them from being physically active and then work with them to negotiate those barriers in order to increase their physical activity participation.