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The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 14, 2014

@jasonncorneliuss, via Onward State

@jasonncorneliuss, via Onward State

Snap happy: Just days after James Franklin arrived in State College, the student body seems to have already embraced Penn State’s new head football coach — and the proof is in the selfies. When Franklin made an appearance at last night’s men’s hockey game, which including some mingling in the student section, the camera phones were out in full force. Franklin was more than happy to strike a pose. Onward State ranked the 10 best photos here.

Moving on: In more serious football news, long-time defensive line coach Larry Johnson has announced he won’t return to Penn State. ESPN reported Monday that Johnson declined a position on Coach James Franklin’s staff. “Getting promoted isn’t the issue to me,” Johnson told “At the end of the day, it’s giving Coach Franklin the chance to move forward.” reports that Johnson in in talks with Ohio State, where he’s expected to join Urban Meyer’s coaching staff.

To good health: Back in 2011, we covered some interesting research from IST faculty member Erika Poole. Then, Poole was studying the impact of new video gaming systems (like Wii Fit and Kinect) on the rising rate of childhood obesity. Today, Poole is still helping people make healthier choices. In this story from today’s Penn State News, Poole talks about the personal inspiration behind her latest research, which is focused on the new crop of health-related mobile apps and devices. She’s working with other experts to design technologies that “fit into consumers’ daily lives,” she says, to create sustainable, healthy changes.

Suit yourself: In case you haven’t heard, Jan. 14 is officially National Dress Up Your Pet Day. The Penn State Bookstore’s (@PSUBookstore) tweeted a photo earlier this morning, of this disgruntled (yet dapper!) feline. Dogs and cats of the world, please accept our sincerest apologies.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

January 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Can Wii Fit and Kinect Help Tackle Childhood Obesity?

Erika Poole, an assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, describes herself as “part nerd, part athlete.” Which explains the title of the presentation she gave in the IST Building’s flashy “cybertorium” recently: “Exergaming: Health or Hype?”

I went to the presentation because, honestly, the concept of exergaming—that’s using a video game system such as Wii Fit or Kinect to exercise—has always seemed a little ridiculous to me. Unless there’s, say, a foot or so of snow and some scattered ice on the ground, I prefer to “play” outside. I’ve been that way since I was a little kid, when Mom would occasionally call into the living room, “Get your nose out of that book and get outside!”

Apparently that’s becoming less common. The average kid spends (more…)

February 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm 2 comments

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