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Jerry Thomas, College of Education, (515) 294-8009
Cathy Curtis, College of Education, (515) 294-8175
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa -- Stuart Biddle, an internationally recognized expert on exercise psychology, is the fall Pease Family Scholar for the department of health and human performance, College of Education, Iowa State University.

Biddle will discuss "Motivation for Active Lifestyles in Youth: Perspectives on Sport, Physical Education and Couch Potatoism" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in 279 Forker Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Biddle also will visit Iowa State health and human performance classes and work with graduate students in the program.

Biddle is a professor of exercise psychology and head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. He studies motivational and emotional aspects of physical activity and exercise. His recent research focuses on children's physical activity, goals, motivation, emotions and attitudes. Biddle co-authored the first textbook on exercise psychology.

From 1991 to 1999, Biddle was president of the European Federation of Sport Psychology and he has chaired the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science. In 1998, he received the Distinguished International Scholar Award from the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology in the United States.

The Pease Family Scholar Fund was created in memory of Harvey and Bomell Pease, Newport Beach, Calif. The endowment was established in 1991 by their son, Dean Pease, and his wife, Sally, to bring visiting scholars to campus. Dean Pease, who died in 1994, chaired the department of health and human performance from 1987 to 1990.


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